Network Readiness Index 2022We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the 2022 Network Readiness Index (NRI), focused on the theme of youth and digital transformation. The global launch event will bring together high-level representatives from governments, international organizations and private sector organizations to summarize the results of the 2022 report and discuss how and why digital natives will shape the world as we are stepping into the new digital era. Join the global launch on November 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST and be the first one to find out about the most network-ready economies in the world. Register for the launch here.
Global Innovation Index 2022
The Global Innovation Index (GII), published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with the Portulans Institute, ranks the innovation ecosystem performance of economies around the globe. This year’s theme: “What is the future of innovation-driven growth?” focuses on the effects of innovation on productivity and wellbeing of society over the coming decades. The 2022 edition of the GII will be released on September 29, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00 p.m. (Geneva time) during a hybrid launch event featuring ministers, business leaders and innovation experts. The event agenda will include a presentation of key findings of the GII 2022 and two panel discussions. Register for in-person attendance or stream the launch virtually.
Network Readiness Index 2021The 2021 Network Readiness Index has officially launched, revealing how countries around the world are leveraging information technologies to emerge from the COVID pandemic and become ‘network ready’. This year’s theme, Shaping the Global Recovery: How digital technologies can make the post-COVID world more equal, offers a review of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pace and depth of digital transformation. To download the full report and view country profiles, please visit our official NRI website at https://networkreadinessindex.org/. Join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn using the hashtag #NRI2021.
Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2021The Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2021 (GTCI) is an annual benchmarking report that measures and ranks countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent. This year’s index includes 68 variables and covers 134 countries and 155 cities, across all groups of income and levels of development. The GTCI is a composite index, relying on a robust, action-focused Input-Output model, for policymakers and business leaders to learn from and respond to. The 2021 edition addresses the theme of the Covid19 pandemic and how it has affected the global talent competitiveness landscape at the levels of countries, cities and organizations.
Future Readiness Economic IndexThe COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear to all countries how vital it is to be future-ready and that digital transformation is at the core of economic development. Based on the Digital Sprinters framework developed by Google and selected data from three global indices, the present study attempts to measure the future readiness of 27 emerging economies in Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA), thus developing a first edition of a Future Readiness Economic Index (FREI).
Global Innovation Index 2021Innovation is widely recognized as a central driver of economic growth and development. The aim of the Global Innovation Index is to provide insightful data on innovation and, in turn, to assist economies in evaluating their innovation performance and making informed innovation policy considerations. The 2021 Global Innovation Index provides new data and analysis on the state of global innovation and allows readers and policy-makers to benchmark the innovation ecosystem performance of more than 130 economies. A novel new feature, the Global Innovation Tracker, gives a snapshot on the pulse of global innovation, including throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Network Readiness Index 2020The 2020 NRI is the second edition of a renewed NRI model, and it ranks a total of 134 economies based on their performance across 60 variables. Recognizing the pervasiveness of digital technologies, the Index is grounded in four fundamental dimensions: Technology, People, Governance and Impact. This holistic approach means that the NRI covers issues ranging from future technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to the role of the digital economy in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s edition is grounded on the Portulans Institute hosted Digital Transformation Dialogue Series.
Dialogue on Digital TransformationIn 2020, the Portulans Institute launched the flagship Dialogue on Digital Transformation series. Portulans staff virtually convened a series of thought-provoking video and written conversations with renowned global experts. The interviews addressed the critical issue of digital transformation and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its advancement and acceleration worldwide. In addition to hosting over 20 interviews, the Dialogue series builds on the data-driven findings about digital readiness included in Portulans’ Network Readiness Index 2020, and the ‘Building Forward Better’ panels, virtually convened around the world, with panels covering North America, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Technology has progressed at a very fast pace over the last few decades and it today permeates all aspects of business and society. Information technology adoption has not only become ubiquitous through the rapid penetration of the mobile phone and the internet, but it has become an integral part of the lives of billions of people.
Innovation is a key driver for the growth and prosperity of nations. Not only is innovation crucial for economic value creation, but it is also important for opening up new avenues for people to fulfill their aspirations. Successful innovation requires investments in a range of factors including regulatory and institutional instruments.
People and Global Talent
Talent issues have become a mainstream concern for firms, nations, and cities. Talent performance is now clearly seen as key to growth, job creation, and innovation. New approaches are emerging to stimulate entrepreneurial talent. Such strategies affect all aspects of talent competitiveness, including education, skilling and re-skilling.
The Portulans Institute Academic Network
Portulans Institute convenes leading academics from global universities for advancing research in issues of interest in the domains of human capital, technology strategy and innovation readiness. Academic institutions interested in learning more about the PI Academic Network can contact us at email@example.com.
The Portulans Institute Community of Practice
Portulans Institute brings together officials from the public and private sectors involved with the implementation of human capital, technology and innovation policies in different countries and regions to share best practices and ideas for sustainable development.
The Portulans Institute Corporate Partners Program
Portulans Institute aims at engaging with private sector leaders to focus on human-centric and sustainable growth. Private sector plays a critical role in building our common future and it is crucial that corporate leaders invest wisely and appropriately.
The Portulans Institute Fellows Program
Portulans Institute offers opportunities for PhD students and young professionals to work on novel research related to human capital, technology and innovation policies. We encourage applications from scholars, practitioners, innovators, engineers, artists, and others commited to understanding and advancing.
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Founded in 2019, the Portulans Institute (PI) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Washington DC.
- To develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology and innovation contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.
- To inform policy-makers, by producing independent, rigorous metrics and data-based research.
- To collaborate with private sector leaders in driving a business agenda that invests in people, technology, and innovation for a prosperous common future.
- To host and co-organize events and conferences on the above issues affecting human-centric sustainable economic prosperity.
Where Our Name and Logo Come From
Portulans (or portolans) are ancient nautical maps, first made in the 13th century in the Mediterranean basin and later expanded to include other regions. The word portolan comes from the Italian portulano, meaning “related to ports or harbors”, and which since at least the 17th century designates “a collection of sailing directions”. In these maps, only a few harbors were visible, and much of the coastlines were hypothetical.
This is how we see our mission: in an uncertain world, much is yet to be explored, and many opportunities have yet to be identified. Like the navigators of the 16th century, modern leaders have to make decisions on the basis of imperfect information and incomplete maps.
The Portulans Institute aims at providing them with the best available data and analyses, and the directions that they need. This is why our logo combines a compass, and pi, which is not only a powerful number found in geometry, algebra, physics and arts, but also an infinite series of digits, with no pre-written rule telling us what the next one might be.
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Innovation and excellence in our activities
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