HAPPY 2013! PDF Print E-mail

NextLevelUp: what is needed to be a successful Games Development Professional? PDF Print E-mail

NextLevelUp – proudly holding this pretty cool title, this actually is a 2-years long EU mobility project, which (thanks heavens ;-) is not a typical example for an EU funded activity.

NextLevelUp is a project dedicated to exploration of the current state and development of Gaming Education and works towards improving of the provision of this highly specialized Education! Or in another words, what skills needs a young professional to acquire and develop in order to first build his job profile and second (and most importantly) get piled with job offers from the top industry players in gaming?

NextLevelUp actually has the very practical objective to identify current and future skills and competencies gaps in mobile and video games industry across Europe with the future goal to find the solutions to fill these gaps.

The Armenian connection PDF Print E-mail

Few people think of Brussels as the destination of their dreams at first (taking into account the climate as you know me you can imagine why). However, once being here one could be nicely surprised – especially if willing to openly declare him/herself as citizen of the world. I however declare myself first as a true European and then – as a true Armenian willing to explore the European culture, the culture of Armenians from Armenia and the culture of Armenians from different countries – like myself.

If you’re Armenian born in another European country and raised with the traditions of both your origins and the mentality of the local culture that’s not a rare declaration of identity. Now once again I felt the huge impact of the European identity footprint when by moving to Brussels I realized how Armenians over the globe (and yes, not only Europe or Armenia as a birthplace) could be so different and still so much alike at the same time.

If you’re part of a Diaspora like the Armenian sooner or later you discover similarities and differences thanks to your new home country and you are thankful for those. Armenians living and originating from different European countries for example could be absolutely different in mentality than the ones from Armenia, USA, Brazil. And that’s not a bad thing! However, as we have our national tendency to look for problems, we tend to forget that we share a common culture but live in different realities and share much more than just our origin – we also share the reality in which we are born, raised and educated. And in the world of today often these are more than just 1 reality.

Single-point-of-access EU E-Procurement platform PDF Print E-mail

Could you guess which is the biggest and highly unimaginable love of the EU member states authorities, the EU institutions and related agencies all together?

It is the paper.

Being practically involved in EU bidding procedures with all of the above mentioned public organizations, and following the eGovernment actions (including eProcurement in themselves) one still couldn't possibly grasp this all-consuming EU love for physical acceptance of documents. I guess it has something to do with the idea of receiving an unexpected present (thinking along the lines of the Chrismas season), but I can't really believe that could be it!

Mobile, Digital & Lobbying = ? PDF Print E-mail

Lately, I've been having lots of discussions with all types of communications' colleagues from the public affairs domain. Very specific, and for those of you who are not sure what those guys exactly do under the tentatively fluffy names "Policy advisor" it's usually lobbying on behalf of a group of industries; group of other groups; or only maybe one industry or maybe even just one company to make their voice heard on the political agenda when it comes to writing a new or changing an old legislation. In other words - influencing decision-makers, selling the specific interests of a group/organization in order for the client to be happy about his next year's profit when a new regulation has been accepted/rejected...

The problem, however, is that as fun as some industry topics could be, most of the time the way the important messages are being communicated is veeeeeery old school - sending press releases, old-fashioned html newsletters, creating modest 398-paged print booklets, which just few people (incl. the editor) read...Not to mention how complex some issues are and being such, they become way too technical for both the people making the big decisions and for those communicating to them.


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