Over the past six years, I have had the chance to discreetly observe how French-speaking higher education institutions operate on a daily basis within the Agency for Quality Higher Education in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF). I have participated in the evaluation of over 70 programs at 50 institutions. Based on interviews with several thousand people across all networks and all forms of education, I have distilled what I have learned into nine actionable recommendations (and some more sub-recommendations) for those involved in administering education.

While these proposals are intended to inspire educational institutions in their policymaking, I think that we could also consider them within the context of education across the EU.

Read more at https://accidentaleuropean.com/euducation-nine-proposals-for-quality-higher-education/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on June 7, 2021.

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The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative invites us to rediscover our relationship with natural environments and sustainable living. With residential and non-residential buildings responsible for about 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption and one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions, the project aims to build green housing that is affordable and accessible to all. That is what the European Commission has expressed in its official mission statement: however, in practice, how inclusive is the NEB? Will less-privileged citizens benefit? Does the project consider the social aspects of sustainability?

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/the-new-european-bauhaus-beauty-privilege-win-again/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 25, 2021.

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Recently, I was invited to talk about innovation in public policy for a podcast launched by Pathfinder. Myself and the Founder, Miguel de Fontenay, ended up having a really fruitful discussion about innovation and the future of our democracies — particularly in Europe — and my connection to those topics, including my vision for Accidental European. In this article, I hope to lay my thoughts bare about this experience.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/innovating-democracy-by-turning-the-rubiks-cube/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 10, 2021.

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Regulation 1141/2014 (on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations) might not sound particularly interesting, but it’s pretty important. It represents a chance for the European Parliament to present reform proposals for European parties, and it’s currently under review. Oft-forgotten and underutilised, European Parties could…

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Filippo Addarii, co-founder and managing partner of PlusValue specialises in impact, innovation and sustainable investment strategies.

He comes with 20 years’ of experience in designing, fundraising for and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives for systemic innovation and socio-economic development. His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Foreign Office, and the UN Fund for Democracy, and more.

Recently, Fatemeh Jailani (Founder of Accidental European) sat down with Filippo (virtually) to discuss the European Green Deal (EGD), and what it means for the future of Europe.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/is-the-european-green-deal-capable-of-flying-everyone-to-the-moon/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on April 20, 2021.

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