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Statement Agenda Knowledge for Development

Statement Agenda Knowledge for Development

Dimitar HRISTOV,  Cluster Sofia Knowledge City

For over two years now, there has been a process of building a global knowledge management partnership in favor of developing a peaceful, rich, inclusive, and sustainable world.

As a result, dozens of individuals and organizations have joined the document Agenda Knowledge for Development. Cluster Sofia Knowledge City recognized this document as its own agenda and joins it through an own statement that was included in this document  Below I present the statement included, which is on my behalf, but behind which I believe the cluster members stand. The knowledge-based economy is a new state of the global economy, which in recent decades has been transformed by new technologies. It is characterized by disruptive changes caused by the incorporation of knowledge into economic activity. According to my understanding, knowledge is not only a resource that can and should be managed but is also the most important factor for the development of societies. In this sense, I fully support initiatives that are catalysts for involving knowledge management in development and progress. Unfortunately, as a management consultant by profession, I have realized in my practice that knowledge management is not yet a well-recognized need for those who make the most important decisions for the development - politicians, heads of international organizations, business managers, and cities governors. In this sense, very often in my work, I feel like a knowledge agent or even an agent of change. This, on the one hand, is a great professional opportunity for manifesting my personal contribution to the globally recognized processes of transforming the societies including the business models, but on the other hand, it is a serious responsibility and challenges that require engagement, lot of time and dedication.

Agenda Knowledge for Development can contribute to perceiving the holistic understanding of knowledge by more and more people, organizations and regions that will help us to achieve sustainable development as regions, countries, cities, and organizations. I consider, as it is stated in the Agenda that the SDGs of the United Nations is directly associated with knowledge - defined as a human activity creating its own future, rather than a physical asset.

The Agenda treats the topic of the knowledge cities (KCs), which is very important. A knowledge city is a term used to describe a knowledge-based development strategy that has a target to continuously support the knowledge management processes that take place in an urban area. One approach to enhance the role of knowledge management for sustainable development is creating knowledge clusters in knowledge cities. This is to be achieved through the continuous interactions of knowledge agents (universities, research institutes, institutions, companies, citizens, etc.) among them so as knowledge continuously flows.

KC is a city that searches for the creation of value in all its areas and develops high standards of life, cultural support, and economic development, among other aspects including higher level of income, education, training, and research, at the same time it is a regional knowledge economy driven city with high value-added exports created through research, technology and brainpower and purposefully designed to encourage the nurturing of knowledge. Accordingly, KC is the culmination and synthesis and integration of the creative city and the science city where knowledge, arts, and sciences become unified in a uniquely human 21st-century urban ecology.

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