In its fourth year of operation, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR dealt with numerous issues that are of great importance for the future of Upper Austria. They were discussed in various events and formats, processed academically and summarized. One important innovation has been the relaunch and expansion of our online presence, which makes the findings available to all interested parties and invites everyone to get involved.
ACADEMIA SUPERIOR started the new working year with the SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM, which focussed on the topic „Beyond Borders — The Strength to Emerge from Crisesâ€ in 2014 and was discussed from different angles with international experts from science, sports and politics.
Two DIALOG events in May and December attracted a large audience to come to the south wing of Linz Castle and follow the conversation between Markus Hengstschläger and his distinguished guests. In numerous workshops, panel discussions and roundtables, issues relevant to the future were defined, developed and delved into with national and international speakers of various disciplines.
The focus of the fourth year of work of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR was on four major themes, which the Institute for Future Studies viewed and worked on from different angles:
Border experiences are a part of our lives. If consciously exploited, they can promote innovation but also result in crises if not recognized in time. ACADEMIA SUPERIOR analyzed the chances and risks of extreme experiences and developed ideas for politics on how negative border experiences can be recognized in advanced and ideally be avoided.
To deal with the future also means to rethink boundaries, to draw new ones or to overrule them. — Markus Hengstschläger
Strengthening the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in society is essential to stimulate diversity and dynamics and to create competitive advantages. An affinity for risk-taking, pro-activeness, perseverance and exhausting creative potential may help to identify market opportunities, to find innovative solutions and to fuel „entrepreneurial spirit”.
Innovation — vision
Innovation means progress. Only those who break new ground as pioneers seize the opportunity to shape the future. On the key topic of innovation, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR discussed how new ideas can be evaluated according to their sustainability and especially how innovation can be further pursued in improved products, processes or services.
ACADEMIA SUPERIOR worked intensely on issues relating to the business location of Upper Austria in 2014. In an economic context, the most important location factors and qualities for Upper Austria were identified. Recommendations were developed for making them more attractive for companies to strengthen the economic base for the future.