Monday, November 28, 2011

Innovation infrastructure (I2) – a model for mass innovation

We position mass innovation as one of the primary activating factors for sustainable strategies development. The experiences drawn from innovation ecosystems, are teaching us that the more prosperous environments are those, in which participants are evolving together, side by side, symbiotically: with passion, empowered by a progressive attitude, yet with co-operation and co-creation. It seems that this is a good way to attain sustainable results on a level of personal balance and economical success.

Photo: The basic I2 model

In different parts of the World different models, that support such a progress, have been developed. However, some common denominators can be recognized in all of them:
- They contain some locally based cultural and social characteristics.
- They contain characteristics of organizational evolution (based on the drivers of value creation) and organizational relationships.
- They are constantly re-adjusting to the varying conditions in which they are implemented/used.
- They are based on an holistic/system approach.

The model for innovation infrastructure (I2) contains all the characteristics described above. Its structure is dynamic and sensitive and highly effective because:
1. There is no predefined sequence, or agenda for the implementation of each step in the model. The path is unique to each organization and it is a function of a collective consciousness in the organization, i.e., the level of the absorption competences.
2. The content of the I2 blocks can be adjusted to the dynamics of the environment where implemented, (taking into account the characteristic of business evolution, level of hierarchy, the dynamics of cooperation with external participants,) the type of relationship with markets, the idea generating practice; the book: “Ritmi poslovne evolucije”)
The model of innovation Infastructure (I2) for mass innovation has been selected among the top 55 Slovenian innovations for the year 2011, based on the public call by JAPTI (Public Agency of slovenia for Enterprenership and foreign investment). The author of the model is Violeta Bulc. Yet, if you ask her, she has just successfully connected many threads of the slovenian business and social ecosystems, and addresses a sincere need of organizations. She hopes that the solution will help many, in the value creation process. »Thank you very much to our customers, who make it possible to manifest the I2 in practice (BTC, PETROL, Elektro Maribor, LEK), thank you to InCo movement, which has been challanging me with its development, results, opportunities, thank you to my collegues who co-created the moment and space where we can see more and deeper in the name of an individual, organization, society and a planet, a a whole«, says Violeta.
The breakthrough of the model is latent within the horizontal structure, and the system approach to mass innovation. In addition, to establish mass innovation, an organization needs to establish credibility of the system, transparency of the results and intermediate steps, responsiveness of the people in charge, as well as the model itself.

Those that engage in the system (the idea generators) need to feel safe, respected and trustworthy/credible. This is achieved in the model with equal opportunity rights for all employees, regardless of formal status, and with a strong innovation communication strategy that follows every step of the innovation process.
Innovation Infrastructure (I2):
The need: For an approach that can respond to the current challanges in a dynamic, timely and sustainable manner throughout the organization/community/state.
The value that it creates: Aim orientated innovation propositions on all levels of organization/community/state and within all organizational structures, that create value (economical or socialy responsible one).
Elements: 7 steps, 7 enablers, 15 blocks, 4 products, 3 (business) benefits
A special challenge for successful implementation of the I2, is the absorption level (sensitivity to external information, successful internal follow-up implementation, and the level of re-adjustments) on all strata of the company, including the management. Therefore we recommend that the implementation of I2 be incremental, using participation techniques at all phases, e.g., a critical mass of people be included in the definition and implementation of the I2 model.
I2 mode, was choosen among the top 50 Slovenian innovation for the year 2011 and presented on the Slovenian Forum on Innovation in Ljubljana on November 22. in 23. 2011. Maybe, together, we can find a fresh solution to your challanges on mass innovation at your organization. Get in touch with us;
www.vibacom.com, vibacom@vibacom.si or +386 (0)1 517 41 28
We also recommend, a constant change of the use of different tools to encourage creativity and innovation. Experiences are showing that people often get bored quickly, and that the level of their participation decreases faster with repetitive use of the same predictable tools.

I really hope, that a bit more provocative thought about mass innovation has brought you some interesting thoughts. I also hope that we are even more connected and ready to co-create together, or can at least inform each other about the progress made, and that we can all continue on a richer level of consciousness.

Lots of goodness and prosperity, Violeta
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EMCSR 2012 Call for Participation / Call for Papers
We invite you to submit your extended abstract to the 21st European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research. Visit the website!
The meeting will take place from April 10 to April 13, 2012, in Vienna, on the Campus of the University of Vienna, Austria.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The power of intergenerational cooperation

Once the density of awareness reaches a certain point, the environment starts self-reorganizing. This is a natural development that can also be observed in Slovenia. As boring political campaigns compete for obsolete political positions, and ideals, wonderful things are happening on parallel frequencies. Some of them have already been woven into the mosaic of Aktualno 2.0. However, the story here takes us a step further. It announces developmental impulses of a new society, a new approach to social action and expressions of political will. This fresh impulse comes from those generations under 30years of age. Those generations to whom post Second World War crimes and the maximisation of share capital are equally alien. These generations have a better understanding of social entrepreneurship, which prioritises social benefits, without neglecting the creation of an added value that energises and motivates development. These people enter voluntary and charity projects without reservation, while understanding that they need to take care of themselves and their needs by themselves, ie.personal responsibility. It is exactly these sort of individuals that have developed the Simbioz@ (Symbiosis) project. This model has the potential to become a foundation for developing successful intergenerational cooperation and the flow of knowledge and experience. This model has great potential to become an export product of Slovenia. This is the story of Simbioz@ and the people who brought it to life. I hope the vibrations will spread on.

VB: What is Simbioz@?
ZY: Simbioz@, or e-literate Slovenia, is a project on the national scale focused on intergenerational cooperation which was organised by Zavod Ypsilon and which took place between 17 and 21 October. During these five days, young volunteers helped the older generation get familiar with the use of computers and the Internet in free workshops across Slovenia. The key aim of our initiative was to enable older people to have a positive experience with computers, encourage and strengthen their self-confidence and motivate them to further learning using computers and the Internet.

VB: Who are the people who have developed and brought this initiative to life?
ZY: Simbioz@ was developed by a group of young enthusiasts who invested more than 10,000 volunteer hours in the project. Its core comprises 28 committed individuals who were helped by a number of other people in the realisation of the project. The leader of the project, Borut Jeglič, did an exceptional job.
Simbioz@ took place between 17 and 21 October 2011
in 120 municipalities across Slovenia, in more than
240 Simbioz@classrooms where more than 2,400 young
volunteers taught5,700 older people.
VB: What was the reason for the initiative?
ZY: Simbioz@ was developed as an answer to three key problems: Firstly, the low rate of computer literacy of the older generations in Slovenia for Eurostat data shows that in 2010, 56% of people in the 55-74 age group in Slovenia have never used a computer and 67% have never used the Web. The second reason is the fact that we do far too little for intergenerational cooperation and that results in the growing generational gap and losing of mutual contact. The third reason is the spirit of volunteer work, which is gaining in significance and regard, but is still not integrated deeply enough in the lives of individuals, especially of young people. Furthermore, many older people ask themselves what "www" means and Simbioz@ has provided them with an answer and has shown them that we don't want the world and its progress to be discriminatory towards them.

Volunteer Barbara Pihler
Photo: Miha Rekar

VB: How was your project organised?
ZY: The main e-literacy activities took place between 17 and 21 October 2011. Training sessions took place twice a day from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the afternoon. The free workshops took place at facilities equipped with computers and Internet connections across Slovenia. These were mostly public libraries, schools and other public institutions, but some of the facilities were also provided by our partners and donors.
Aleksandra Brank, Maja Burja, Uršula Butkovič, Tina Cavnik, Anja Dolžan, Matevž Gantar, Borut Jeglič, Klavdija Jelen, Tim Kremič, Katarina Mikulič, Špela Mikuš, Tanja Mozetič, Tit Neubauer, Ana Pleško, Katja Pleško, Maša Pirnat, Ana Pisar, Manja Podgornik, Tina Posavec, Urša Svetelj, Matjaž Šircelj, Jana Šušteršič, Jure Tompa, Ivanka Učakar, Tina Vidjen, Ingrid Vidmar, Žiga Vavpotič
VB: Who are the people involved in the project so far?
ZY: The project involved 5,700 older people who joined it as students and 2,400 young volunteers who were willing to dedicate time to teaching them. The project was implemented with the help of many local coordinators. Simbioz@ was also supported by many notable sponsors, ambassadors, supporters and partners of the project.

Team Simbioza
Photo: Matej Kolaković

VB: What did you learn from the project?
ZY: The project certainly showed us that the gratitude of the older generation made all the effort worth while, but we were also enriched by new friendships, enthusiasm due to the newly acquired knowledge and the responses from our young volunteers. We learned patience, good communication, persistence and tenacity while gaining a wonderful new experience. We have confirmed our conviction that voluntary work and effort can bear fruit.

VB: How will Simbioz@ continue its life?
ZY: Simbioz@ will live in the stories it has written; in the improved computer literacy of the older generation which has made a step into the e-world and in the unique symbiotic experience of the people taking part in Simbioz@. Now, we need to analyse and evaluate our initiative and prepare an action plan for the future. The project has apparently become a Slovenian export product for it created interest in the EU, the USA, Arab countries, China, etc.

Project Manager, Borut Jeglič, assist in e-literacy
Photo: Matej Kolaković

I hope the legacy of the project will continue to develop through further social innovation. We certainly need it. To live fully and to connect with the essence of an open and socially-orientated society. I would like to thank Zavod Ypsilon and everyone involved for this insight.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

When instead of fear, instead, we are filled with the joy of living

Do you ever feel life is a single big paradox? Our public institutions, the media and our own moral and ethical attitudes, fight smoking and alcoholism, yet simultaneously, our government fills the budget that is supposed to ensure our social security, and national health, with taxes collected from the sales of cigarettes and alcohol. We encourage people to lead healthy lives, spend as much time as possible outdoors and with each other, while at the same time we are building a virtual world where technology is taking over our structured world and increasingly influences how we perceive it?
These contradictions of the modern day and age stimulate the noble side in some people and prompt noble actions and initiatives. The propagators of ne-odvisen.si are certainly such people. They bring something good. This is their story.

VB: Who is Bojan Kodelja? Who comprises the ne-odvisen.si team?
BK: He is the initiator of this movement. A practical and realistic person, yet, who never loses touch with his visionary side. "I am learning continuously and I strive to do things that fulfil me, thus enabling me to do even more. I act on the incentive of life I am familiar with as a son and a father. I explore the dynamic layers of fatherhood and believe in intergenerational cooperation. Our team shares these values. We transfer our faith in sunlight-filled relationships to our projects and people who share our need to illuminate darkness and alleviate distress. We do field work daily, from dawn until dusk. We have already evoked many a smile and knocked down taboos about addiction. More still lies ahead."

Photo: Bojan Kodelja
Source: personal archive

VB: What is Ne-odvisen.si? What need in our country does it address?
BK: It is a social responsibility programme that unveils and demystifies addiction in a fresh, open and very practical manner and encourages the individual to act and choose a health way of life. Based on concrete questions and answers, on examples and situations. With the help of those people who daily face the problems of addiction and people who bring laughter, hope and vision to others' hearts with their work.
The ne-odvisen.si programme speaks to the individual and the society. It promotes integrated personal development and a change of work habits, or rather, bad habits that destroy the worlds within and around us.
"We all can do it and we are all a part of the whole"

"Ne-odvisen.si" (un-addicted.si) is a social responsibility programme that is truly colourful! It unites open people who are able to listen to a person and hear them, and provide them with clear and unambiguous paths to themselves. Helped by a multitude of friends, the organisers of the programme regularly implement various initiatives that motivate people to learn and manage to live free of the clutter that surrounds us in our daily lives and creates a sense of inner contentment.

Each and every one of us can do it and we are all a part of the whole. Each of us experiences, understands and gives in a different way and that is what makes the world so colourful. PAINT A NEW DAY!

Bojan Kodelja, Head of the ne-odvisen.si social responsibility programme
VB: Where do you and your team get the energy for operating such an enterprise?
BK: I can safely say that we are motivated by written and spoken responses that we receive, the acceptance of our programme by the youth and those slightly older, the methods we use to bring it to the people, the time we spend implementing our programme across the country and the impression we live behind.

VB: Your business model is original, unique. What is its core?
BK: The core of our activities are field actions. Direct contact with people who want to learn about addiction. Our topics are adapted for various age groups - children, teenagers, parents and adults. The ne-odvisen.si programme opens the door to intergenerational cooperation and responsible and consistent parenting based on firm parenting grounds. This concept of interactive learning is specific and advantageous in that it does not moralise and irritate. Rather, it presents the topics in an engaging manner to all target groups. The activities are intentionally condensed into a single day for such a succinct programme, verifiably creates the necessary critical mass that stimulates the participants, children and their parents, to talk about uniformly presented topics and continue discussing them and in the following days.
VB: Who is responsible for your success?
BK: The Expert Council, certain institutions and opinion-makers additionally contribute to programme development and continued existence of the ne-odvisen.si social responsibility programme.
This is accompanied by limitless patience, hope and strength projected by the team, and the people who have already been touched by ne-odvisen.si and whose lives have already taken a turn for the better. Success lies in the hands of each individual; we all possess talents and strength to achieve success in life - the kind of success deserved by every individual who doesn't give in to the weight of erroneous convictions and beliefs and finds a solution in the seemingly confusing life. This results in the personal achievement and success that has always been within their reach.

VB: Which way forward?
BK: We wish to further develop and enhance the contents of the ne-odvisen.si programme, to make the expertise of facing addiction more accessible to the general public whilst remaining faithful or our ideals - professionalism, responsibility, respect, credibility, integrity, honesty, reliability and consistency. We are developing methods and models of effective and innovative learning for the target group of young people that will enable them to develop their own opinions and build on their own ideas and goals in a relaxed, clever, team-based and effective manner.


The ne-odvisen.si programme addresses, inspires and mobilises over 20,000 people across Slovenia every year. Your belief in the need to act is more than evident. It is personal and concrete. With the aim of making the world a friendlier and joyful place. With less fear. Your meetings disperse doubt and answer actual concerns of people who are lost as to how, why and where. I hope your energy will grow even further. People like you make the world a wonderful place. And what are the rest of us doing?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

SUCCESS = engineering ambition+ masterful touch of inspiration + design + marketing niche

A few days ago, I received a phone call...:"Violeta, would you be the sponsor of our boat?"
I must admit that I was surprised by the invitation, but it was honest, good-natured and the caller's voice was full of excitement. A few days later, I travelled to Bled where under a big white tent a "water princess" was getting ready for launch, the Ljubljanica from Bled. I stood motionless for a while. The sparkling eyes of four young people were full of expectation. I was immensely proud to be invited to partake in their wondrous event. Anže enthusiastically explained his plans, thoughts, and the story of their boat, which started as a project for a client, but ended up partly in his ownership due to unforseen problems.
"I've learned my lesson," he said, "but I had to finish this project and I don't regret a thing." Tomorrow, the Ljubljanica will cruise along the River Ljubljanica and set a new standard in the design of river boats. I hope this will inspire the city of Ljubljana. This is Anže's story.

Photo: Anže Logar and Violeta Bulc
Source: Lakercratf

VB: Who is Anže Logar?
Anže Logar comes from Bled. He is a thirty-one-year-old whose heart and soul are tied to wood in the most subtle of ways. He possesses a remarkable combination of mastery in carpentry and modern engineering knowledge. He is a shipwright of wooden vessels. He has a mission, an enduring and noble one.

VB: What is your passion?
AL: "I am passionate about all wooden vessels. About everything connected to water and everything surrounding it. That's no wonder since my astrological sign is Aquarius."
The gift of a free spirit that enjoys beauty, perfection and fresh inspiration lies within Anže's hands and heart.

VB: You've mentioned you have a mission. What is your mission?
AL: "It is connected to the preservation of cultural heritage of wooden vessels and protecting them from disappearing altogether. Since I see myself as a craftsman, and because I am fully aware of the significance of such a status nowadays, I believe it is very important to make sure people are aware and understand the significance of master craftsmen in this day and age. People need to be constantly reminded about wood as a material, of the future for wood as one of the few domestic raw materials we have in sustainable abundance.
VB: How do you implement your ideas and talent?
AL: "Jointly with my clients. People trust me, which allows me to realise my creative potential. In essence, I am maintaining the tradition of building of wooden vessels, while ensuring constant development of my company and my personal growth. In addition to high quality and cost-effective wooden vessels for a broad range of users, I also endeavour to fulfil the requirements of my most demanding clients and their custom made projects. The latter often combine tradition and modern engineering and technology. My clients come from Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany and Austria."

VB: What do you base a project upon?
AL: "All my projects are for specific clients. Including small traditional boats and simple boating gear. I don't produce any stock items".

VB: What about financing?
AL: SKB Bank helps me finance my larger projects. Together, we always find the optimal financing solutions. I purchase materials from Lescom d.o.o. and Wuerth d.o.o., while Kamm navtika supplies me with nautical equipment. But the key element is our team: carpentry engineer Anže Višnar, Matej Trtnik, Anton Zupan, Tomaž Jurca, designer Ivana Žigante, electrical equipment experts Anton and Matija Murn, and some other occasional associates.

Photo: Boat "Ljubljanica"
Source: Lakercraft

VB: Where did you get the idea for the Ljubljanica project?
AL: "The idea for the Ljubljanica was shaped about a year and a half ago. I was offered the challenge to build a wooden barge for the purposes of tourism in our capital and I accepted it. I designed the barge taking into account all the legal restrictions applying to rivers. Then we built the body of the boat. I am truly happy and proud to have completed this project. "

VB: What was the main challenge of the project?
AL: "The key challenge was to build something original that would increase the value of river navigation. Our rivers have only seen plastic and metal boats so far. This barge is first wooden vessel that was developed and built specifically for Ljubljana. The design merges modern design knowledge with the old city centre of Ljubljana designed by Plečnik. At least, I hope that's what we've achieved. We still need the feedback from other people to confirm this."
Baptism ceremony was held in Ljubljana in the river
harbor
Trnovski pristan on
Wednesday, 14 September, at 6 p.m.
Godfather of Ljubljanica was Violeta Bulc.

VB: Where are the limits of your dreams?
Anže Logar will continue his efforts in maintaining the cultural heritage of wooden vessels while strengthening his brand - Lakercraft.
AL: "I will continue to pursue the goals I set for myself. I am currently negotiating a few bigger projects of greater impact. This winter I'm building a modernised version of the "Pletna" covered wooden boat that is characteristic for Lake Bled. I am also constantly working on improving the floating characteristics of all types of small oar boats. I will never run out of ideas and topics for exploration since the wisdom of wooden vessel construction is in the details and finesses."

Incredible. I dare anyone to say that our wonderful country lacks healthy pulses, daring individuals and successful teams. There are many. We just have to allow ourselves to see them. We need to open our eyes. Look around you - can you see more?

For the Vibacom Team,
Violeta Bulc

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sketch Rolls – fresh approach to evolution and implementation of your innovative ideas

The Ordo Group, lead by Uroš Strel Lenčič, is one of the winners of this Summer. In Slovenia and globally.

Hot Summer was an additional motivation for the dynamic Ordo Group, to launch to the global IT solutions community a fresh, exciting and really useful tool, directly from the Ordo Lab: the Sketch Rolls. This solution is moving up daily on the list of most interesting and noticeable items in the App Store. But fresh and new is not only the IT product. Also the innovation process from idea to market, is advanced and inspiring. A prime example of dynamic project management and creation of an innovation ecosystem. On the spot. In virtual space. In the space between. This is Uroš's story.

Inspiration: »In November 2010; a dialogue with some colleagues at the conference in Istanbul, that revealed the need for a new type of presentation and idea generation. It got clear to me that the existing tools support either vertical or horizontal approach (page by page).

The need: »for a quick and simple development of fresh ideas and their effective presentation.»

The Results: »We designed and developed a tool that supports vertical and horizontal presentation of any content and in any direction. Thoughts and ideas as notes, sketches, drawings, etc. can be developed and presented horizontally and vertically with only one pen and eraser. »

The Value: »The use of IT in a new way (increases the use of the existing IT for idea development, mind maps, drawings). It is fun. It is creative. It is fast. It saves time. It creates money.

Photo 1: Description of the solution: Sketch Rolls
Source: Ordo Group

Sketch Rolls is new, user-friendly iPad application. It is aiming to support the need for quick and simple sketching of new ideas, thoughts, and drawings. By using Sketch rolls you can write, draw, sketch, send, and share your ideas in a very easy way. The core qualities of the application are: superior graphical and user interface, beautiful lines and a special "Extend" function that allows the users to extend the drawing board.

The notes and drawings are organized as projects and you can share them with other users of the Sketch Rolls application by using the SRP (Sketch Rolls Project) files, which were developed specially for the needs of this application.

More about the application and in the Apps Store.

How was the story created:
The team:
3 continents (Europe, North America, Australia). 4 countries (Slovenia, USA, Canada, Australia). Four time zones.

Number of the team members: 8.

The work attitude: dynamicism, where individuals enter and exit based on their core competences and the needs of the project.

Competences: the entire team has 40+years of experiences in application development; expert knowledge (in illustrations, programming, design, marketing, writing)

The approach

Source: Ordo Group

The first results:

In less than 14 days:
- listed as »New & Noteworthy« in more than 100 states
- listed among the top 50 best selling items in the Apps Store

The next moves:
- further development and improvements of the application based on customer response
- follow up with new modules based on customer initiated ideas
- use, use of it on a day-to-day basis

Impact on the industry (comments on the Net can give us a clue):

1) Very nice *****by Drlcm
“I was reluctant to pay seven bucks for this app, but it was well worth it. This is one of those apps that you don't know you need until you experience it because the concept is pretty new. It allows you to just write and sketch without having to stop. For instance, I just made a to-do prep. list for the three courses I teach. I was able to simply divide the lists with lines, move back and forth to see what I had already written, and then create another prep list for the next day all on one continuous sheet of 'paper.'. Also, you can insert a scroll below the one you are writing on, which allows you to extend your sketch or notes both horizontally and vertically…..Very, very smart app. Maybe a game changer.”

2) Finally - a Napkin for all Encounters *****by Bricoleur Soul
No need for napkins, no need for Beer Coasters,
Capture that stroke of brilliance,
Capture the brainstorming session, capture the number.
Productivity redefined for the digital age.
Simply great or
Great. Simply.
Take your pick.

3) Awesome app *****by twosocksS
“Very useful app for my web design apps and other sketches. You can draw with feeling on rolls and with horizontal shift, you can develop idea without problem. Money well spent.”

Uroš and the Ordo Group, keep rolling and inspiring!

Violeta

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Social innovation in practice – an appeal for a change in public administration

For a person to fully expressand exercise her/his potentials, favorable conditions and environment are needed. In the time of crisis, humans in leading positions, especially in social administration, seem to revert over and over again to the same type of formula in order to cope with critical situations and distract people from question and challenge by ensuring the people have bread, yet, squeeze them on rules, and feed them with worries and fears... I hope that these days we are stronger emotionally and spiritually to face these challenges with a new energy, and with a new approach.


Source: images.yuku.com.s3.amazonaws.com

On an individual level the signs of change are becoming more noticeable daily; even more, those who use innovation for value creation, understand inner values and strengths better. However, we need to see beyond ourselves. We also need to innovate the structures that arguably have served us well in the past, but however, have now become obsolete in this time of personal renaissance.

Along these lines, I am offering 2 key areas for innovation that can bring the public sector closer to the individuals, and that can lead to an overall social prosperity:

1. Organizational change: move towards more personal and transparent organizational structures:

o EXPLANATION: most of today’s social and public challenges can only be well addressed with integrated, horizontal solutions; so, imagine that instead of the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry for Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Finance, etc., we have a Ministry for Humans, Ministry for Plants, Ministry for Animals, Ministry for Value creation, Ministry for Resources (energy, water, air, minerals, raw materials) that work together as a multi structural team with a common higher goal – prosperity of the Planet.

2. Attitude change: re-train people working in the public sector to become dedicated coordinators of all programs and projects that serve common good; to serve people, and not the structures

o EXPLANATION: most of today’s workers in the public sector are administrators that shuffle papers, follow the rules, and try to put citizens in different boxes; how about understanding the needs and behaviors of citizens, recognizing different skills, connecting them, help solving real challenges and opportunities that people might have in their social and public life.

With these arguments, the sign of a proactive stance of the National Council of Slovenia (NCS), deserves our attention. The EU has become a machine that is far too often missing the vital needs of its citizens. The NCS is proposing a change, an innovative approach to addressing today's problems. It might not be the most advanced proposal but it is a very important first step that can lead to sustainable resolutions for modern times.

See it below. Be critical. Please respond!

Regards, Violeta


Ljubljana, 8 June 2011

Pursuant to Articles 66 and 98 of the National Council Rules of Procedure (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos. 70/08, 73/09 and 101/10) it shall be proposed that the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia submits to the European Parliament

THE PROPOSAL REGARDING URGENT MEASURES TO PROTECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE CITIZENS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

The National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, the second chamber of the Slovenian parliamentary system, shall propose to the European Parliament that it requests from the European Commission and other European institutions an immediate formulation of tangible measures regarding the institutional improvement in the operation of the European Union.

It is assumed that the primary mission and duty of political bodies and all branches of government is
to provide for the preservation and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens. It is assessed that current international conditions basically prevent the quality of life from being the basic strategic goal of the economic policy of the European Union and the interests of the financial industry have become the guiding principle. In the specific case of Greece it is crystal clear that the interests of transnational speculative financial funds were the reason for the crisis and, what is particularly unconscionable is that profit is made in every phase triggering the crisis and during the crisis. Austerity and other measures in the case of Greece or any other of the countries in trouble cannot be effective as long as the operation of speculative financial instruments continues to be allowed. We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that the functioning of political institutions is under the prevailing influence of transnational capital. The notion of the free functioning of trade mechanisms and their satisfactory regulation of the economy has become a dangerous illusion, unacceptable from the point of view of common sense, of human rights and the principals of world ethos. How can it be expected that the citizens of the European Union can support the stabilisation of macroeconomic parameters by means of austerity measures with regard to salaries, pensions and reduction of social security in the fields of health care and education when there is widespread recognition that immense financial assets are being accumulated in tax oases. How can the citizens of the European Union accept the logic that players in the financial crises are being paid vast amounts unimaginable to the common citizen?

It is not possible to find satisfactory justifications for
adding value and finding a large enough number of work posts in the EU Member States within the present institutional framework. The complete liberalization of the international economy runs in compliance with the requirements of WTO, IMF and WB but causes rapid cuts in traditional work posts in the EU Member States which is unacceptable within society as it creates a society of disappointed persons receiving support instead of a society of active and motivated citizens.

The European Union and the
Euro are matters highly valued by EU citizens and yet they are in great crisis. We have to be aware that, objectively neither the EU nor the Euro alone must be the ultimate aim for the citizens of the EU but they must be items which have extraordinary significance and yet still have the role of funds and not the role of the ultimate goal. The question arises whether the EU authorities will ever allow it to happen that measures for the protection of the fundamental interests of the EU citizens would lapse since in so doing they would create genuine doubts about the reasonableness of the existence of the EU and Euro. It is hard to imagine the successful functioning of the EU without the Euro acquiring a stronger role as a world currency. The restructuring of the international monetary system with the greater role of the Euro and a reduced role of American dollar is an urgently needed component of the institutional framework to ensure the conditions of the quality of life of EU citizens.

This is why we specifically propose to the European Parliament that, in cooperation with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and other institutions, it should
formulate, adopt and implement the following measures:

1. Regulation of financial markets by disabling the operation of immoral financial instruments.
2. Protection of work posts in the EU Member States.
3. Enhancement of the role of the Euro as the global currency.


Mag. Blaž Kavčič

President


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