The tragedy of missed opportunities is the name of the column by historian PG Kroeger (also listen to his podcasts with Jaap Jansen) about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which we published last night. I was allowed to search for a photo and chose an iconic image from the cold war: the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. It would almost give you ostalgia.
🪖 Or should I have opted for an image of the smashed carcasses of Russian tanks on the road to Kyiv, or of the smashed apartment buildings of ‘successful’ attacks? Perhaps they are more appropriate for a column about a rogue state that is hard at work destroying a neighboring country, when the country itself has no money to properly equip its own soldiers. Future generations of historians will have to consider how this is possible.
🥪 Enough about the war, on to innovation, which two countries can also work on, according to the column by Carina Weijma, who was present in Paris last week at a summit between French and Dutch politicians and civil servants. She writes about the preparations for an Innovation Pact between the two countries, which is of course a wonderful initiative. Only, you can read between the lines, the Netherlands is allowed to dig a little deeper into its pockets to give wings to this promising project. Something with cheese sandwiches versus Burgundian dining, so to speak.
🚍 As you know, we closely follow the spending of the billions from the corona recovery fund in our series Decarbonizing Europe. In Austria, they mainly spend the money on the much-needed digital transition and on an initiative to stimulate public transport via the KlimaTicket. With this ticket, all Austrians can travel annually by public transport for 1095 euros. The plans seem to be inventive but not very innovative, or am I wrong?
💊 Our start-up of the day is Doser and doses – via a 3D technique – exactly the amount of medicine in your medicine that is suitable for you. The inventor calls it the ‘nespresso machine’ among pill makers. “We take care of the machine and the fillings, but in the end it’s up to the pharmacist to make the cup of coffee by adjusting the machine. This way he can make the perfect pill for the patient.”
Nespresso, that reminded me – apart from the first cup of coffee of the day – of an innovative system from Barcelona for making medical diagnoses.
Have a nice day!
Editor-in-chief Innovation Origins