Monthly Archives May 2013

Sonnenfeld and Cameron in Conversation

As C-PET works to bridge the DC-Silicon Valley divide and that even deeper divide between DC and the future, I sat down with Gunther Sonnenfeld to continue a conversation he and have been having over the past couple of years.

What’s to be done, and how can we help corporate players to make a difference – in the interests of their shareholders and the well-being of all of us?

Here’s a sample of our conversation.

C-PET Futures Platform:

NC: The world is awash with consulting groups that organizations call in to help them get in shape for change. My sense is that these groups are themselves too much in hock to the “corporate culture” they share with their clients; locked into the present and purblind as to the true impacts of radical change...

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Save the date! The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit

The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit
Smart technologies for an interconnected and intelligent world     

SAVE THE DATE! October 1-2 2013, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Technology and its role in society is evolving dramatically. Smarter technologies and connected devices are opening up new horizons in the fight against many of the world’s most pressing challenges. From boosting economic growth to tackling climate change and improving public health; to making businesses more productive and profitable, and improving consumer experience, the ‘Internet of Things’ creates many new possibilities and has the potential to enable a plethora of new responses to such challenges.

The event will provide a high-level meeting point for all representatives from the global M2M & IoT c...

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C-PET telecon featured in Scientific American

C-PET’s recent telecon on the impact of the sequester on innovation (May 9th 2013) was reported on by Scientific American.

In Larry Greenemeier’s report on the teleconference which sought to offer potential approaches to overcoming the sequester, he refers to C-PET’s President Nigel Cameron’s observation that a predominant question is how to make up for shortfalls in funding for early stage research.  Industry, which has long benefitted from publicly funded research, could be encouraged to make up for the government’s lack of early stage funding by investing more in the R&D it ultimately uses to sell its products.

Further, he refers to observations made by Nagy Hanna, C-PET’s senior fellow and former head of corporate strategy at the World Bank, that “…if companies don’t want to spend ...

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