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The UPGRADE Blueprint, Foresight strategy and actions to assist regions of traditional industry towards a more knowledge-based community

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


This blueprint guide is intended for application in regions where the principal policy driver is to accelerate development in a traditional industrial economy and improve wealth and quality of life. This is most elegantly expressed in the mission statement of the UPGRADE working group:
"Our collective objective is to use Foresight as a structured methodology for creating a knowledge-based economy with the intention of living trustfully with change, developing a learning region and ensuring competitiveness in the long term".
Our focus is on strategic interventions within regional economies, which can no longer depend on the industries from which they previously derived strength and prosperity. Such regions now need to re-position themselves, in order to make use of the opportunities presented by high value knowledge based economies.

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