The French government's strategy unit has just published 500 propositions, innovations et curiosités sociales venues de l'étranger.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our roadshow in Cardiff, which had a full house.
The Studio Schools Annual Conference in Southampton was a good showcase of a rapidly scaling innovation. 16 studio schools are now open, 32 will be open by this time next year and at least as many again are preparing detailed plans.
I did a lecture last night in York University on evidence and knowing yourself.
Last month I attended a session in New York, exploring the links between the performing arts and urban design. The session was led by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen as part of urban forum Theatrum Mundi/Global Street.
It was good to see the Economist exploring the idea of public involvement in innovation, with its recent piece on crowdfunding science. But this doesn't go far enough.
I spent a few days in Korea and China last week, both countries with a distinct spring in their step compared to north America and Europe.
People often think that the upper reaches of government are glamorous - the sort of world portrayed in Spooks and The West Wing. This amazing video which shows it more like The Thick of It is also one of the best short introductions to modern geopolitics:
There's a lot happening this autumn around evidence, with the Alliance for Useful Evidence moving into full operation, and a likely spread of 'evidence centres' around government. The UK position is a lot more promising than it looked likely a year or two ago. By contrast the US presidential election is not particularly heart-warming for those who believe in facts and evidence.
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