The capacity for innovation in the world has been influenced by the massive spread of technology, even in countries where it was less common. Human Progress shows in an interactive diagram how our capacity to innovate has changed since 2007 to 2015.

The data in the diagram are taken from the Global Competitiveness Report del World Economic Forum, an annual report on the state of the art of over 140 world economies, related to their capacity for innovation, so to their capacity of drive economic growth.

A comparison between the 2007 and 2015 dataset shows significant changes.

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Italy is ranked 43°, and shifted since 2014, when it was ranked 49°. In a range 1-7, Italy has an innovation rate of 4.46 (tracked late on September 2015), still low compared to the European average. Interestingly, though, in 2010, probably following the peak of the financial crisis, this figure was 3.92, showing then quite of a significant trend of economic growth.

The capacity to produce innovation (whether technological, or social…), if nurtured properly, is able to boast energy and skills that create useful synergies to improve economic growth and the progress for the entire country. That is the reason for the attitude to innovation should be nurtured from school, to be then cultivated in university and applied in the labour market as well.

Innovation is an attitude, not a result. The capacity to innovate stands in finding opportunity in adversity, to see a resource where most of the others around us see a problem. “Train” the young generation to innovation is our pass to a better future. We can do it, and we should do it.