Vision & Mission

In our vision, the economic world can be seen as an ecosystem, such as a highly dynamic and ever-changing environment which is partially regulated by the principles of the theory of evolution: as species compete to survive in the forests or in the oceans, agents acting in economic systems experience a highly competitive environment and their evolution is governed by laws that are similar to those regulating the evolution of life in nature – where concepts of adaptation, robustness and resilience emerge. In such a new framework the economic competitiveness of a country can be interpreted as the fitness of that country within the globalised and highly interconnected world market.

Large interconnected systems can, in fact, behave in highly unexpected ways, with small changes capable of kickstarting fundamental shifts in the entire system. For this very reason, it is impossible to forecast the evolution of the global economies by relying on theories that view them as made up of a countable series of disconnected (or unrelated) variables in a static world. Rather, in order to understand (and forecast) the evolution of global economies, we believe that a paradigmatic shift within economic science is mandatory and urgent.

In our view the main challenge of this shift consists in developing new metrics, measures, algorithms, methods and conceptual schemes able to describe those intangibles assets and “forces” driving the technological development and countries’ economic growth in the real world, a picture that standard economic visions often fail to capture.

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