Global Innovation Index

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Professor Soumitra Dutta, Cornell University, co-author of Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Foundation.

In this conversation, they talk about measuring innovation, the challenges of developing governance at the country level, across the globe, and how to improve innovation input and output.

The takeaway is that the future of innovation measurement will continue to evolve with the metrics that become available, but could also deteriorate if we are not careful to maintain statistical data and overview through national and international monitoring. In 2020’s Index, Switzerland comes out in top with China, Vietnam and the United Republic of Tanzania topping their comparable income groups. There are exciting developments in Sub-Saharan Africa as several countries there continue to push forward.

After listening to the episode, check out the most recent Global Innovation Index as well as Soumitra’s social media profile:

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