This article is part of New Europe’s: Our World in 2017

 Portugal  – Lisbon – In the New Year we need a New Way. Where people know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice and development. This is the reason to believe that a new standard of Democracy in Europe, more than a possibility, is an individual and collective necessity for all of us, effective European citizens. Karl Popper is more than ever present – the difference of Europe will be in the exercise of the capacity of the individual participation as the central contribution to the reinvention of the collective society. 

  This is a process that is not determined by law. It is effectively constructed by all the actors in a free and collaborative strategic interaction.In a certain sense, we need a new third way for Europe.

When Anthony Giddens spoke about this special global capacity of creating a new commitment between the Europeans toward the challenge of the future, he was in fact speaking about this commitment with a New Democracy in Europe. Based in new standards of Social Innovation, this kind of New  Way is above all the confirmation that in Europe the individual performance in a complex society is possible, desirable and above all necessary for the  future.

Europe must regain its Internal Competitive Advantage but at the same time must be able to reinforce its Global Situation. In this way it´s essential to learn the lessons that more than ever emerge from a Europe that is trying to rebuild its competitive advantage  and to reinvent its effective place in a complex and global world.   In the New Global Economy and Innovation Society, Europe has a central role to play towards a new attitude connected with the creation of value and focus on creativity.

In a time of change, Europe can´t wait.  Europe must confirm itself as an “enabler actor” in a very demanding world, introducing in the society and in the economy a capital of trust and innovation that is essential to ensure a central leadership in the future relations with America and the more and more dynamic developing world. The actors from Europe should be more and more global, capable of driving to the  social matrix a unique dynamic of knowledge building and selling it as a mobile asset on the global market.

Europe is facing a new strategic challenge. Reinventing Europe and giving the European Actors (States, Universities, Enterprises, Civil Society) the opportunity of developing new challenges focused on innovation and creativity is in a large sense giving a central contribution to a New Global Order. The Reinvention of Europe is the reinvention of its people and institutions. An active commitment, in which the focus in the participation and development of new competences, on a collaborative basis, must be the key of the difference.

The New Way Agenda has also an important dimension related to science and innovation. Universities and Companies must perform a new strategic partnership centered in the objectives of the added value, creativity and knowledge. This is the basis for a future effective implementation of the New EU2020 Strategy, which must be followed by the New Way. All these countries have still a strong opportunity to implement an agenda of innovation – the opportunity is more and more a fact and  can´t be lost.

Culture is another important dimension for the New Way. The European countries  cultures are a unique asset. Europe  must be able to involve other global partners in the construction of integrated projects focused on the development of culture as a driver for development. The reinvention of culture is itself a very innovative way to involve more and more the European  actors in this project for the future.

The New Way is an Agenda of Future. Europe must have a very intelligent attitude towards the new capability that these emergent economies are facing in a global complex world in crisis. The European resources, from scientists to entrepreneurs, in cooperation with politicians and other social actors, must understand this and give effective signs of change in a better future.