Season’s Greetings

As the end of 2016 approaches, we would like to welcome you to volume 5, issues 3/4, of the Triple Helix Association Magazine.
Distributed quarterly, Hélice reaches over 2500 scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners, and its outreach includes public organizations, universities, and other innovation agents.
As the year ends, we are going through different types of crisis, which should not have been too difficult to foresee but cannot be easily ignored. We are facing political uncertainties, financial crisis, global climate change, depletion of resources, the spread of terrorism, as well as the tragedy of the refugee crisis. Many stakeholders are under pressure to solve these problems, but the issues are complex and much intertwined, that no single organization on its own can solve them.
Although it may appear to have been an unrealistic expectation when designed and applied, we hoped that Triple Helix interactions could provide social and policy innovations to address such problems. Triple Helix relations should be seen as a springboard for social entrepreneurs and communities to expand human ability, and to address problems previously seen as intractable. One of the characteristics of Triple Helix enabled social innovation is that it readily transcends boundaries: organizational, political, sectoral, national, and those between experts and citizens. As a result new spheres, and new sources of innovation would be generated.
The Triple Helix Association is delighted to be invited to organize the First Triple Helix International Summit in Kenya to address developing countries problems. We would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming Summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 4-6 April 2017, which will address Accelerating the Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ICT and Data. Things are shaping up nicely for what looks like another stimulating Triple Helix event!
This issue is dedicated to the Heidelberg Conference, and the conference managers, Djordje Pinter and Emanuela Todeva, have provided an eclectic summary of the event. This gives an excellent overview of the debates, presentations, and discussions at the conference including Triple Helix frameworks addressing ecosystem challenges in the ‘era of crises’.
We congratulate John H Howard, Todd Williams, Renu Agarwal for their paper Smart Specialisation as an Engagement and Governance Framework for Triple Helix Interactions which won the Best Practitioner Case Award at the Heidelberg Conference. In order to stimulate policy learning, we encourage other experts and practitioners to share their practical experiences and programs.
In this issue Maria Ludovica Agro presents her work on Global Crisis – Searching for Solutions, and Branca Terra and her colleagues present their views on The Entrepreneurial University in the Construction of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Legacy (S, T & I): a Proposal from Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In addition to publications from the research and practitioner fronts, we are happy to inform you about the activities and progress of the Triple Helix Association Chapters, the Thematic Research Groups, our new Members, and what members have achieved during 2016. We have had a very fruitful and active year for the Triple Helix Association and Helice, and we aim to maintain this success with many more activities.
As the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor of Hélice, we encourage you to share your reflections. These will help sustain and extend the innovative dialogue of the Magazine. For further information, or to publish in Hélice, please contact us at the emails given below.
On behalf of Triple Helix Association, the President, and all dedicated members, we wish you a pleasant and enjoyable Holiday Season and a happy and productive 2017.
We look forward to welcoming you to the First International Triple Helix Summit in Kenya in April 2017.

Devrim Goktepe-Hulten
*email address protected*

Sheila M Forbes
(Managing Editor)
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December 2016


Call for Practical Case Studies

Hélice is looking for organizations from its membership constituency and beyond, including governmental institutions, innovation intermediaries or companies, interested in having their Triple Helix interaction experience presented as a case study in Hélice.
Those interested should submit an abstract of 1-2 pages by email to the Hélice Editor in Chief, Dr Devrim Göktepe Hultén (*email address protected*), from whom further information can also be obtained.

Letters to the Editor

Readers are encouraged to share their views on matters related to Triple Helix issues.

Please send contributions to:
Devrim Göktepe-Hulten
Editor in Chief
*email address protected*

Letters may be edited for publication.