Entrepreneurial and creative society

Economic advancement of less than middle class

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/22/2016 1466609067
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Our banking system is geared too much towards graduated benefits to the already arrived and not enough for those struggling to get ahead. We're fallin .... Read more

Our banking system is geared too much towards graduated benefits to the already arrived and not enough for those struggling to get ahead. We're falling behind in each generation to economic disparity. Buying a house requires more capital, education no longer affordable but being used as a means to capture market of young people indebted to costly loan mechanisms. Take actions which profit younger people who have fewer assets by universal child care affordable, free university, Canada Post banking. 

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Illustrate Vision; brand Canada as Innovative; Global Innovation Prize; Ideas Bank

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 06/22/2016 1466625159
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Like any top athlete, successful businesswoman and leader, it takes belief and vision first and then courage. What does it look like to be the num .... Read more

Like any top athlete, successful businesswoman and leader, it takes belief and vision first and then courage. What does it look like to be the number one innovative country in the world? Illustrate, depict, demonstrate what this means with a strong narrative and video or Virtual Reality depiction. Artists/visionaries: show us the Canada we want in 20-30 years. Business community, academia, governments and problem solvers: show us how to get there. Ideas via crowdsource methods will flourish with the challenge and problem statement.

Brand Canada as the Innovation leader and innovative individuals, companies, investors, talent will be attracted to Canada and will want to be a part of this team. Innovation ambassadors, champions and mentees (in training as future innovation leaders) are titled as such to take on the role of fostering an innovative culture and promoting Canada Innovation.

Recognize and award innovation: Innovation Pulitzer or Nobel peace prize equivalent will bring the best of the best. A national competition should be held in lead-up to the international competition for the top prize, various age categories (youth and students included). Canada to host the global competition.

Sharing and Launching ideas: Platform and Courage We have ideas, but where do we place them and what do we do with them? Facilitate an idea board or ideas bank for Canadians to connect with companies or transition to start our own business. Further IP or patent free info service for Canadians to bring their ideas, receive funding support to patent. Services including mentoring to help a busy Canadian to share and make use of an idea would help.

Stay Innovative!  

  

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Lower taxes for startups

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/23/2016 1466662419
You need to lower taxes for companies trying to start-up and also provide more be benefits and tax breaks to hire good talent so new startups can get .... Read more

You need to lower taxes for companies trying to start-up and also provide more be benefits and tax breaks to hire good talent so new startups can get there ideas of the ground and into solutions. It's always better working with people side by side but with the high costs to pay when you can contract someone over the Internet for much cheaper is hard for startups. 

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Use our Water Resources Smarter with Renewable Innovations - Run-of-the-river Flow - Make our own

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/23/2016 1466664932
There is a trend in Europe to engage in Community energy.  Over 50% of our future students live in rural areas.  We need to build a culture for our .... Read more

There is a trend in Europe to engage in Community energy.  Over 50% of our future students live in rural areas.  We need to build a culture for our rural communities. Applied Science potential in our Atlantic provinces is rural and having students move to urban centres is causing concerns for the future of communities in Canada.  Canada need to keep energy in the communities and most Atlantic Canada communities are near fast moving bodies of water resources. With run-of-the-river flow systems these smaller communities can look after their energy poverty areas and build new water-based products.  In Atlantic Canada we have a lot of water-based manufactureres - we now need to look at making our own. https://youtu.be/mQKaqimUzCw

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Seize the means of production

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 06/23/2016 1466685513
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I believe that if Canada were to allow the workers to seize the means of production and create a true Republic for the Peopl Canada would truly benefi .... Read more

I believe that if Canada were to allow the workers to seize the means of production and create a true Republic for the Peopl Canada would truly benefit in many ways.

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Young entrepreneurs

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/23/2016 1466687569
Today's youth 10-18 have grown up with technology in their hands.  We need Canadian youth to be producers of this technology not just mere consumers. .... Read more

Today's youth 10-18 have grown up with technology in their hands.  We need Canadian youth to be producers of this technology not just mere consumers.  They need to be attracted and given the rights skills to become problem-solvers using technology.

There is evidence that this is working with Canadian success stories.  Two years ago a team of five girls from the University of Calgary won the prize for innovation in the world's largest tech entrepreneurship contest Technovation. Other cities have also participated:  Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver etc.

This early exposure to critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial skills to address local problems with technology is key for today's youth especially young girls, so that they feel empowered to be part of this innovative society we live in and contribute to diverse solutions.

My recommendation is to offer this three-month program - Technovation - (as an optional/spare course) in every school in every city and town and community centre and library so that young women today become tomorrow's innovators. 

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EhappyPedia: une enclyclopédie de bonheur

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/23/2016 1466693732
Voici un inspirant projet canadien d'envergure mondiale qui répond à la question de l'entreprenariat: Article Radio Canada: http://www.rcinet.ca/f .... Read more

Voici un inspirant projet canadien d'envergure mondiale qui répond à la question de l'entreprenariat:

Article Radio Canada: http://www.rcinet.ca/fr/2016/06/16/bakhoa-nguyen-ehappypedia-pour-changer-le-monde-une-parcelle-de-bonheur-a-la-fois/

Donnez une attention médiatique à de tel projet et encouragez d'autres entrepreneurs à lui faire compétition. Partager un rêve et surprendre tout le monde avec des idées innovatrices est la nature même des entrepreneurs.

Le besoin est d'avantage d'inspirer et de pousser l'entrepreneur à réaliser son projet et à tester le terrain plutôt que d'essayer de le cadrer et lui éviter des erreurs. Les erreurs et les échecs n'ont pas la même signification pour les entrepreneurs... ils n'arrêteront devant rien si leur idée est claire.

Étant mariée à un entrepreneur né, j'ai appris à le supporter les hauts et les bas. Tant qu'il y a encore de l'espoir, les bas ne sont que des opportunnités pour rebondir plus fort. Ce ne sont pas des beaux mots, c'est la réalité des entrepreneurs.

Lam Tra Nien Vo, Bch en ingénerie

T:514.743.5094

 

 

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Unlock Canada’s Greatest Resource, Land.

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/23/2016 1466715818
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The Canadian population is becoming more urbanized. As urban density increases, urban properties get smaller and property values increase uncontrollab .... Read more

The Canadian population is becoming more urbanized. As urban density increases, urban properties get smaller and property values increase uncontrollably.

We have lost the back yard, the basement, and the garage. These are places of experimentation where innovation is practiced, prototypes are built, and small businesses start. There is simply a shortage of space to create and engage in projects on a small scale. Renting space is prohibitively expensive, especially considering the limited means and disposable income most Canadians have after paying their high mortgages. Raising capital to pursue an idea is not a possibility for most people, nor should it be a barrier to pursue one’s concept or idea. Urbanization is a reality and we must adapt.

Outside of cities there are very large swathes of land that sit unused for generations. The use and division of this land is locked by land use regulation and subdivision legislation. These regulations limit how much the land can be subdivided, effectively creating a minimum entry point to buy land.  That entry point is out of reach for most Canadians. The price per acre is affordable, but due to subdivision rules there is a minimum number of acres one has to purchase, so it becomes prohibitively expensive.  In rare cases, if land is already subdivided into smaller parcels, then the price goes up to match the difficulty in subdividing, and it becomes too expensive as well. For example, let’s say I need 10 acres of land to start an organic farm, the average price per acre where I live is $3,000 which is affordable, but I would have to buy 160 acres to get the $3,000 price putting my minimum required investment at $480,000. If I bought the $160 acres, it would be virtually impossible for me to subdivide it and sell what I am not using and recover my costs. Because subdividing is so difficult and rare that same 10 acres subdivided already would cost around $230,000. This resource is frozen and unused because the barriers to entry are so high. One of the reasons the regulations are in place is to maintain the historical natural look and way of life of the Canadian country side. They are there in place to maintain the status quo. But we must adapt, evolve, and innovate to match our new realities and our population’s needs. How did maintaining the status quo ever become the default correct path. This is contrary to innovation, freedom and opportunity.

Canadians like myself long for the opportunity to own an affordable small parcel of land that would suit their needs and projects. The land parcels could be as small as an acre or two. Possible land uses include a small organic farm, a small orchard, a greenhouse operation, an eco-tourism site, A solar energy installation, a church retreat, an off grid cabin manufacturing site, a cooperative garden, a bio-diesel demonstration plant, a hay collection and export point of sale location, a place to walk your dog, a robotics testing site, an obstacle course track, an artist’s retreat, a specialized animal farm, just use your imagination.

If the land can only be bought and sold in large parcels, we lose the opportunity of utilizing that land as a resource. Through progressive legislation and by allowing subdivisions we can unlock the land as a frozen resource and create liquidity in that market. This would stimulate the economy, create jobs, enhance skills, create wealth, and stimulate innovation through opportunity. Canada cannot continue to primarily rely on large business for meaningful job creation. We need to encourage localized micro economies in our path towards innovation and financial security.  We can achieve these goals responsibly and at the same time respect land use regulation and zoning, we already do this effectively in the city.

I encourage you to consider the matter presented above.

Thank You.

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Youth Incubator For Technology Ideas

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/24/2016 1466783862
Tags: technology  youth 
From High School kids should be part of hands on skilled base training where they can bring their ideas to life.  Develop courses, training programs .... Read more

From High School kids should be part of hands on skilled base training where they can bring their ideas to life. 

Develop courses, training programs and physical space where their ideas and skills can be groomed and turned into life changes solutions and products. 

In Canada we have failed to develop the Intellectual Property market. In US they got Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and alot of other companies. 

If our youth is equipped with the right tools at the right time, we can be the next Silicon Valley. 

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Coding

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/24/2016 1466799283
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When we are kids, human beings tend to be very creative, no limits in their brains, so is a great time to work with them to be innovative and one idea .... Read more

When we are kids, human beings tend to be very creative, no limits in their brains, so is a great time to work with them to be innovative and one idea to promote that at the age of technology is to establish coding in our schools as a required subject in each one as also complement with arts.

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The outside intelligence

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/25/2016 1466822627
Canada is very good at immigration but a lot of people got degrees at their home country and can't afford to get that degree again but what if you bui .... Read more

Canada is very good at immigration but a lot of people got degrees at their home country and can't afford to get that degree again but what if you built a facility where people who have trained outside of Canada get the remaining information they need and can step right into the job they had this will add extra techniques specific to other countries and reduce the hardship of immigration and the economy would improve- Gurchain Malhi 

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allow international students to do business

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 06/25/2016 1466837457
i am an international student studying business i have been trying very hard to start a business in Canada but i am no allowed to do so. i want to ma .... Read more

i am an international student studying business i have been trying very hard to start a business in Canada but i am no allowed to do so. i want to make the whole city wireless by becoming a ISP.

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Winning in the New Economy: Seven Steps Toward a Canadian Digital Innovation Strategy

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/25/2016 1466860257
Summary of Discussion Paper:   Canada has done a good job investing and nurturing the social and cultural conditions (the Canadian multicultural .... Read more

Summary of Discussion Paper:

 

Canada has done a good job investing and

nurturing the social and cultural conditions

(the Canadian multicultural brand) that make

it an attractive “place” to live and work. We

need to further leverage this advantage to retain

and attract talent - key to our ability to drive

and grow our digital economy, especially in

Information Communication and Technology

and other creative-class sectors.

 

We have the talent and multicultural base to

develop global content for billions of people and,

as such, create a multitude of revenue streams

from technology, platforms and content. We

need government and industry to align behind

a unified, national digital innovation strategy to

support Canada’s digital transformation. Such a

strategy must recognize the need to do much

more to support entrepreneurs, innovators, creators

and risk takers.

Achieving this ambitious but necessary goal will require

wide-scope collaboration among government, the

private sector and academia.

This discussion paper is intended to continue the

broad conversation as we move toward a national,

digital innovation strategy. My comments and perspective

are constrained to areas of interest and knowledge

as a professional who has been immersed in the

digital world from a strategic planning, marketing,

technology and content perspective for more than

20 years. In short, I propose seven achievable steps

that the federal government, in collaboration with

others, can take now to realize our collective digital

innovation goals.

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research innovation and action

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/27/2016 1466987285
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Turkish scientific institutions, TUBITAK did not accept this project. Please contact if you have a government that understands the course. If you can .... Read more

Turkish scientific institutions, TUBITAK did not accept this project. Please contact if you have a government that understands the course. If you can not explain the new situation of this law, but the law does not change the laws of physics change affecting the environment. briefly falling off the level where a mass will not fall on their own weight but it is not pulled, it pulled out another strength we will only provide transition. #renewable #energy #MIT #Research #university #innovation #Cleantechopen #climatechange RR #Globalwarming #greentech #geographer #geography #CanadaEnergy #NorwayEnergy #SpainEnergy.

#USAENERGY #JAPANENERGY #SiemensEnergy #Tokyorenewable.

Bir fikrim var çalıştığını biliyorum ancak mühendislik yeteneğim yok. TPE uygun hazırlanmış patent başvurumu ücretsiz onaylatabilecgim bir devlet var mı. Bu projede ortak olacak varsa yazsın mezun işsiz ler olarak böyle insanlara verilecek eniyi cevap alanımızda çalışıp dünyanın en iyi tekniğini yapmaktır diye düşünüyorum. Proje ortağının iletişim için yabancı dil bilmesi ve araştırmayı bilimsel dille ifade edebilecek kadar fizik bilmesi gerek.   Norveç Kanada gibi yenilenebilir enerjiye onem veren bir ülkeye başlamalıyız. Petrole dayalı sanayilerin geliştiği yerde bizi sevmezler zannımca Araştırma aşamasında eski çalışmalar enerjinin korunumu kanunu gereği çalışmadığı da oldu. Fizik kanunları değişmez ancak kanunu etkileyen çevre değişirse bu kanunla yeni durumu aciklayamazsiniz durum bu abicim kısaca düşen bir kütle kendi ağırlığını düştüğü seviyeye çıkarmaZ ancak kendi çıkarmasa da olur başka bir kuvvet çıkarır biz sadece geçişi sağlayacağız. Anliyorsunuzdur gençlerde zehir gibi kafa var. Hiç paramız yok ancak fikrimizi onaylatarak dünyayı değiştirebiliriz. Doğru yere başvurmak ve doğru bir arkadaş lazım hepsi bu   Dikey tüp içine zeminden moleküler yoğunluğu. Az olan madde ekleyince yükseliyor, havadan ağır düşüyor FREE ENERJI" .   Sistemin mantığı şu. A. 5kg ağırlığı pet şişeye koysan su içinde yüzeye çıkar B.Hava içinde yercekimiyle düşer C. Hava ve su kutlesinde hareket ettiği yol geçiş noktasından bu iki maddenin arasından karışmadan gecer   Örnek veriyorum bir Calaskar dişlisi 10 m boyunca bu 5 kg kuvvete maruz kalsa, 1 ton ağırlığı 25 cm kaldırıyor. Bu alana giren düşen kütle yalıtım düzgün olursa geri yüzeye çıkar bunu anlamayacak ne var. 5lt lik kaptan 200 tane koysanız üst üste birtonu kap darasi kadar geçer ve yaklaşık 1 kap 25cm ise 50 metre yükseklik demek 50m de düşme demek 100 metre yol demek. 100 metre hareket 25cm iş yapmaz mı ya 10 m de bunu yapar 10m de yalıtım sistemini eksantrik mili gibi kapatsa 80m enerji fazlası var.  Türkiye içinde birçok yere başvurdum uygulanabilir bulmadılar

 

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1. by gravity falling substances energy produces 2. this energy with the space opens molecular as a heavy, which area. 3. space is placed by gravity falling molecules 4. Light molecules is rises up to the surface

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Empower underrepresented groups with critical 21st century skills

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 06/27/2016 1466993065
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Only 18 per cent of computer sciences degrees are held by women ... No matter which career women ultimately pursue, coding teaches the fundamental pro .... Read more

Only 18 per cent of computer sciences degrees are held by women ... No matter which career women ultimately pursue, coding teaches the fundamental problem-solving, critical thinking, and creative skills that help them succeed. We need to engage more women in the creation of technology - namely teaching women to code if we want to build products that will better serve all Canadians and allow Canada to thrive on every front.

At Ladies Learning Code, we look forward to working with the Government of Canada and our communities across the country to train and develop young female programmers that will change the technological face of this country, forever.

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What Indonesians want from Canada

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/27/2016 1467042704
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Here's how to develop universal education for Indonesia, a hot social media/education market. .... Read more

Here's how to develop universal education for Indonesia, a hot social media/education market.

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Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning: Natural Language Processing

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 06/27/2016 1467043646
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Canada is a leader in artificial intelligence. Nviadia's blog, Softbank's Son, Eric Schmidt, Baidu's Ng and other authorities indicate that subsets of .... Read more

Canada is a leader in artificial intelligence. Nviadia's blog, Softbank's Son, Eric Schmidt, Baidu's Ng and other authorities indicate that subsets of AI are sweeping rapidly across industries and economies. Canada or Canadians lead in the benchmarks and Canadian clusters are found in various countries. Supply chains know no national borders and we should thank America for trillion$ of support for about 150 years. Here's a few applications of NLP technology to be developed. Not just ASR but NLU! Canadian patents pre-date Siri!

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Teach kids to code in under-served areas

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/27/2016 1467046085
We are Code Heroes and we are launching a program to teach people of all ages in the region of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, how to code. We have cr .... Read more

We are Code Heroes and we are launching a program to teach people of all ages in the region of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, how to code. We have created an affordable, fun, and engaging program this summer to bring tech education and digital literacy to areas that are under-served and are doing so as a nonprofit organization. Receiving help from the Government in terms of resources and funding will help us bring innovation and amazing learning opportunities where there are currently no offerings. 

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Protect highly skilled workers against the export of their jobs by globalisation

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/28/2016 1467153481
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I do not know the solution but this is the problem. The drop in oil prices has obviously been a major contributor to the decline in the employment pr .... Read more

I do not know the solution but this is the problem.

The drop in oil prices has obviously been a major contributor to the decline in the employment prospects of highly skilled engineers and engineering designers but there is another reason........ Foreign overseas outsourcing of design and fabrication.

 For the past fifteen years or so Engineering companies in Alberta and the world have been encouraged by their clients and shareholders to maximise shareholder value by reducing the cost of engineering design and fabrication. As I have said we are a highly skilled group and those skills are reflected in our pay scales, we also use very complex and sophisticated 3D CAD software to assist in the design process, the lease of that software costs between $8000 & $10000 per year per person.

 The cost of the software is non- negotiable and global so the only available area for cost cutting is the pay scale. It is the perception of our clients and their shareholders that the software somehow automatically designs the plant and that paying a designer in Mumbai India one third of an Alberta designer is good value for money. What they do not realise is that without the skillsets of experienced Canadians a large amount of rework required to correct the flawed designs produced by inexperienced foriegn designers. This makes it a very inefficient process.

 Currently up to 70% of the total engineering man hours of major Alberta engineering projects is being outsourced to Asia. The companies who are the initiators and leaders in this practice are often Canadian branches of major American or other non Canadian Engineering Contractors.

 Foreign overseas outsourcing of modularised fabrication is not yet as common as design, but the trend is growing, together with the degree of poor and unsafe workmanship which requires rework on site.

 If the provincial and federal governments are seeking ways to increase employment potential in Alberta by possibly offering investment incentives, then they must also tackle the issue of outsourcing in all Canadian skilled industries, otherwise Canadian taxpayers will be merely subsidising employment in the third world, while losing those high skill sets in Canada.

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Inspire not punish youth in university towns

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/30/2016 1467290720
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All university towns can become youthful icubators of startups. The students are not solely Canadians but many are filled with international presence. .... Read more

All university towns can become youthful icubators of startups. The students are not solely Canadians but many are filled with international presence. Student housing is reduced to battles of wills between city couselors, citizens and students instead of an educational transition and support of brilliant minds to support the next economy. It is not to house them and keep them under control but to spread them into the community to understand real needs of the people and to inspire them to be responsible citizens. It is not to add restrictions and fines for disorderly behaviour but to inspire small innovation cells within hosted homes, that we can inspire the next FB or mac like companies. Adding more rules to bandaid the inevitable advancement of a new opportunities such as Uber and airbnb to protect an archaic system stagnates growth and innovation.  Instead we should embrace new ideas and protect not  incombant groups  but encourage a fresh look of what is best for all citizens. Perhaps by keeping focus on the end goal, there may be a better solution. A new growing group of retirees dominates the demographic and I see this as an opportunity. Engaged to enjoy the smaller towns they can be inspirational supporters of youth, especially those who continue to aspire purpose after a career of leadership in the various fields. These towns can be the little silicon valleys of Canada and I am disappointed that these incubation cells are focused on simply housing and keeping our youth quiet. I presently live in such a town where many students are more interesting in drinking then creating ..even if is a local cell inspired to provide for the town and surrounding communities. Everyone seems to focus on the big ideas or grandiose plans when all the small local hidden treasures lay idle..huh? 

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Public Universities & An End to Student Debt!

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/04/2016 1467596031
Reading the motivation/background for this discussion: "Canada is at its most prosperous when all Canadians have a fair chance at success. That is wh .... Read more

Reading the motivation/background for this discussion:

"Canada is at its most prosperous when all Canadians have a fair chance at success. That is why Canada must focus on innovation to deliver real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it."

In Canada today, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Canadians no longer have a fair chance at success. Never mind the economy of the future, the economy of TODAY requires higher education to participate competitively as a member of the workforce. This is very common knowledge; nobody denies it, and yet the last few governments have been utterly negligent to equal access to education.

One aspect of this is that Canadian students who do graduate from high-quality STEM programs are fleeing by the hundreds to Silicon Valley and the like, since our national priorities have shifted from manufacturing to resource extraction that most young professionals recognize as unsustainable.

Another is that, as universities pursue their mandate to grow, but continued local enrolment into these programs cannot match this growth, they take on more and more international students. As government funding as not kept pace with the demands of a school in an inflating economy, the schools have to rely more on tuition fees and private funding. The more the programs rely on private funding, the more they turn from public education centres to private job-specific training centres (sometimes even with one or a small number of companies in mind as employers). This in turn makes its harder to justify public funding, and the vicious cycle continues, the victims being the students, especially those from lower-income backgrounds.

There is no doubt to me that the best way to prepare ourselves for the future economy, and become a champion in innovation, is by allowing all students to have equal access to higher education, so that the economy of the future becomes a function of our hard work, not a function of those born into money keeping it through menial office jobs while the majority goes into decline.

Additionally, I think it's important to reform how post-secondary education works, in a post-Internet world. Currently, one can receive a better (cheaper, faster, more personally relevant) education in almost any subject from Khan Academy and/or Youtube for free, the only advantage being the paper certificate it offers at the end. Universities are no longer isolated hubs of highly-specialized knowledge, and their function has to adapt to this in the next century. 

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Help small businesses to position themselves for growth

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 07/07/2016 1467918144
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Create online resources to address growth and talent acquisition challenges: including HR-related education materials employment standards hirin .... Read more

Create online resources to address growth and talent acquisition challenges:

  • including HR-related education materials
  • employment standards
  • hiring best practices
  • team culture

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Soft Skills Training

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/07/2016 1467918233
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Provide education that addresses soft skills, such as leadership and network building Work with educators to include networking skills training in .... Read more
  • Provide education that addresses soft skills, such as leadership and network building
  • Work with educators to include networking skills training in the K-to-12 curriculum, as part of life-skills training, and to offer older students in all disciplines training on making connections and communicating with business people and other influencers.

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Promote financial literacy and the development of entrepreneurial skills

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/07/2016 1467918873
Support and encourage pan-Canada adoption of promising provincial practices to promote financial literacy and the development of entrepreneurial ski .... Read more
  • Support and encourage pan-Canada adoption of promising provincial practices to promote financial literacy and the development of entrepreneurial skills.
  • Use federal resources to promote and support entrepreneurship as a viable career path and to encourage related skills development.

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Incentives for mentors

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/07/2016 1467921071
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Offer a tax credit to encourage more entrepreneurs and business people to become mentors.

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Social Innovation of Collaborative Commons - to Complement Rapid Technological Innovation

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 07/10/2016 1468165446
Rapid technological advances are both enabling and driving a shift toward Collaborative Commons (CC) as a socio-economic paradigm of the future (see B .... Read more

Rapid technological advances are both enabling and driving a shift toward Collaborative Commons (CC) as a socio-economic paradigm of the future (see Background below). 

Social innovation, parallel to technological innovation, is needed to

  • Maximize the opportunities and benefits for ALL Canadians from CC
  • Minimize the inevitable disruption to lives during  transition to CC
  • Enable graceful transitional or sustained interplay with existing socio-economic models (as needed)
  • Discover the limits and avoid any pitfalls of CC
  • Engender trust among participants in CC
  • Develop a minimally intrusive Canadian regulatory framework to facilitate the above

To that end, the following is recommended:

  • Increase funding for Collaborative Commons academic research in social sciences and economics with the above objectives.
  • Establish a social entrepreneurship fund to support creation of specifically micro Collaborative Commons, and functional elements of Collaborative Commons.  Evaluate results.
  • Hold national events and competitions in Collaborative Commons innovation.
  • Develop prototype regulations relating to Collaborative Commons and run regulatory pilots to discover what works, before enacting (or not) fully into law.
  • Engage Canadians about Collaborative Commons to gather maximum diversity of ideas and input and generally garner buy-in (or not).
  • Collaborate with like-minded democratic states for additional innovation diversity and synergistic global implementation of Collaborative Commons

Background and Why

Society (and economy) is on the cusp of a dramatic disruption due to exponential rise in technological capability.   Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics borne out of radical escalation of compute power, coupled with advances in sensor and communication technologies, and the ubiquity of the Internet have spawned the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT is resolutely driving us into the Fourth Industrial revolution dominated by cyber-physical systems.  This will not only sharply reduce the need for human labour, it will also increasingly chip away the volume of human intellect and oversight needed.

At the same time, the Web is enabling the sharing economy.  It’s taking hold due to the inherent pull of convenience and cost savings, personal economic necessity, and desire for environmental sustainability.  The latter is also driving the Circular Economy, where materials and energy embedded in end-of-life products are recirculated into new goods and energy.  Both the sharing and circular economies will reduce the total volume of manufactured goods and raw materials needed, again correspondingly reducing the total human labour, intellect and oversight needed.

The double whammy of efficiencies and the reduced need for goods from above will, for many, reduce or eliminate the means for equitable living and ability to retain agency in society and economy.  Under the existing socio-economic paradigms, this concern will only deepen with ongoing technological advancements, further hollowing out the middle class.  The answer is definitely NOT to stall or stop technology.  On the contrary, Canadian technological innovation must forge ahead at full steam to enable us to compete internationally and grow the total national wealth.  However, social innovation must be tapped to enable ALL Canadians to both contribute to and take from the common wealth, and have full societal agency.

Fortunately an emerging “COLLABORATIVE COMMONS” paradigm shows promise as a new socio-economic order – both organically enabled by the Internet of Things, as well as a reaction to its impacts and side effects.  Collaborative Commons (CC) is characterised by open source information, technology and energy; the blurring of consumer vs. producers into prosumers; access to products becoming the norm over product ownership; and rise of the gig economy over traditional employment.  Basically, it’s a society where citizens and organizations openly collaborate to both create common wealth and draw from it.

While ad-hoc CC instances in some sectors are already generating benefits for its constituents, there are still many unanswered questions and challenges going forward.  What are the trade-offs between different CC models and what model(s) work best?  How can trust, which is critical to collaboration, be engendered and supported among participants? What might be some negative side-effects of CC?  How does CC interplay with traditional market economies, what sectors are best suited for CC, and what are the transition timeframes and trade-offs? What regulatory supports are needed to enable, ease transition, and protect against undesired aspects of the CC?  A heavy dose of Social Innovation is needed now to address the unknowns so that civil society can come out whole on the other side of the transition into Collaborative Commons.

This and related topics are skillfully covered by economist Jeremy Rifkin in The Zero Marginal Cost Society, and related works such as The Sharing Economy by Arun Sundararajan, and Makers and Takers by Rana Foroohar.

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Innovation vs. Entrepreneurship

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/12/2016 1468327284
If we want to be a nation of Innovators then I think we need to also talk about the connection and differences between entrepreneurs and innovators.  .... Read more

If we want to be a nation of Innovators then I think we need to also talk about the connection and differences between entrepreneurs and innovators. 

I run a summer intensive entrepreneurship program for youth at Algonquin College called SUMMIT. As I've shared with them, all entrepreneurs are innovators but not all innovators are entrepreneurs. I describe entrepreneurship as a riding a roller coaster wrapped in chaos. You have to be the right kind of person to jump aboard that ride. But not everyone needs to jump on board. The entrepreneurs that start the businesses and are interested in that ride need a talent pool of innovators to hire and inspire them. Although, we need to support entrepreneurs we also need to breed innovators. 

The Conference Board of Canada has outlined a set of Innovation Skills that includes: creativity & problem solving, communication & collaboration, risk assessment and risk taking, and implementation skills. I think these are the skills that need to be infused in our education system and organizations at all levels.

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A Canadian "IKEA"...

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 07/14/2016 1468528548
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By adequately managing Canadian forests, there are still huge resources of quality wood that can be harvested right at home rather than being exported .... Read more

By adequately managing Canadian forests, there are still huge resources of quality wood that can be harvested right at home rather than being exported to the US or China. I have lived close to 30 years outside Canada and the country is well known for its honest, cooperative and quality entrepreneurship and manufacturing. Building the equivalent of "IKEA" in Canada would allow for local northern economies in most provinces to hire local workers to harvest the forests, build factories to cut the wood and for the local manufacturing of top quality wooden furniture to be exported globally, taking advantage of Canada's reputation inthat sector.

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Harness the tools the world has developed to leverage the resource strengths Canada has

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 07/17/2016 1468778831
The National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP Canada) is an 11 year old organization out of the UK that is established as one of the best ways to ac .... Read more

The National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP Canada) is an 11 year old organization out of the UK that is established as one of the best ways to achieve all the things a country wants. They drive value, by eliminating waste and wastefulness, delivering jobs and revenue for businesses. Then they circle back, and add up the positive environmental impacts. Canada is the 23rd country to join, so the world will be watching! We can leverage the ISED program, with the Environment and Climate Change program, and the AAFC program, by connecting with the 5 ministry team aligned in BC for NISP. Please join them either July 20 or Aug 3 to learn more.

https://nispcanada.com/#post-480

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National Innovation Voucher Program - Students Gain Experience in Startups

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/20/2016 1469030961
Take great provincial examples like BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative and the Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program and create a nati .... Read more

Take great provincial examples like BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative and the Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program and create a national effort to supply students with applied knowledge and skills through working directly in startups/SMB environment. At the same time ,you will be building stronger linkages with businesses, universities, colleges and research organizations and exposure to entrepreneurship career stream.

Provinces that already have programs in place will maintain their inter-province competitive advantage and either expand scope and eligibility of students and firms. They could also have the option of providing voucher for ICT skills development of existing employees like the B.C Micro Business Training (MBT) Program.

Federal government can have the oversight to ensure all provinces all equipped at a high standard and the provinces can choose to expand scope of program or eligibility to differentiate themselves in the clusters they have deemed a priority.

Links to examples below:

http://bcic.ca/programs_initiatives/current/bcic-innovator-skills-initiative/

https://innovacorp.ca/acceleration-initiatives/productivity-and-innovation-voucher-program

https://www.linkedin.com/company/micro-business-training-pilot-program

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