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.
Our Core Values
Thought leadership through our ideas
Innovation and excellence in our activities
Integrity, trust, and diversity in engagement with partners