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Unemployment Solution with 30% Net Profit Margin

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 09/26/2016 1474908677
See attached image on how to achieve higher net profit margin.

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Whole Girl, Whole World through Digital Filmmaking

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 09/23/2016 1474645330
Digital filmmaking has become more pervasive than ever in all areas of life. The influential broadcasting quality of the film medium is apparent on vi .... Read more

Digital filmmaking has become more pervasive than ever in all areas of life. The influential broadcasting quality of the film medium is apparent on virtual platforms like YouTube, where millions of young people view independent films every day. With this distribution power, young women’s perspectives can impact their families, peers, communities, and the world.

Credit: Chantal Drolet

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Collaborations, partnerships and innovation for impact

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/19/2016 1474313214
Canada is not currently a leader in the social entrepreneurship space. As with all types of entrepreneurship, Canadian policies and programs must exis .... Read more

Canada is not currently a leader in the social entrepreneurship space. As with all types of entrepreneurship, Canadian policies and programs must exist to incent investment in entrepreneurial projects, including those that address issues of social importance. Organizations that are applying or contributing their resources to help make a positive social impact and those that contribute to building innovative solutions should be incented and rewarded for doing so.

 

While the video game industry exists primarily to create entertainment products, a number of the innovations developed in the sector can, and have, been utilized to advance research and innovation in other sectors, including health, which have a profound social impact. In essence, the tools developed for entertainment now have serious applications in robotics, sports, physical and mental health treatments (to manage anxiety disorders, depression, grief and PTSD with war veterans).

 

A recent example is the collaborations between Ubisoft Montreal, McGill University, and Amblyotech to tackle the problem of amblyopia, or more commonly known as “lazy-eye.” The condition affects three per cent of children internationally and occurs when the brain favours one eye over the other. The inspired video game Dig Rush, played on a tablet with 3D glasses encourages active focusing and is thought to be five times more effective than the current treatment option of eye-patching.

 

As a driver of social innovation, games have served as invaluable tools in education, helping kids and adults learn the skills needed to participate in the innovation economy. Today, Canada can also boast an active group of academics playing a role in pushing the boundaries of games to new areas. The University of Waterloo’s Games Institute is using games research and technology and applying them to non-game situations, a practice commonly known as gamification.

 

The Games Institute is working with partners such as FlourishiQ to research games and gamification techniques to engage the users of the company’s wearable device in establishing daily insights on wellness data, sleep and other physiological data that can be monitored to improve quality of life. Gamification techniques are being used in games to help users find safe spaces in urban environments while another game, Spirit 50, incentivizes exercise for older adults as they engage with technology. The UpSWinG project in development with collaborators at McGill University use game techniques to engage policy stakeholders in solutions for improving sustainable water governance.

 

If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is primarily responsible for innovation — talent/labour. There already exists a global race to drive innovation forward by obtaining the best and brightest talent. to drive innovation forward and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play. We need to ensure that our industries and University have the policy tools needed to compete on this truly global battleground. The ability to lay claim to those innovators is the only way to compete with other innovation nations around the world. Canada must develop an immigration framework that allows the seamless and efficient movement of highly skilled workers in the technology fields.

 

But targeted immigration isn’t enough. A domestic digital skills training strategy is also key to our continued success. How countries arm their future workers with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) skills to compete in a global and innovation driven economy will mark the difference between a country that falls behind and a country that prospers and thrives.

 

Other jurisdictions, like the United Kingdom, France and the US already have substantial infrastructure and frameworks to support social entrepreneurship and innovation including policies, legislation, funding and programming, which is available to all sizes of companies and individuals at various stages in their careers that engage in social entrepreneurship, whether directly or indirectly.

 

We encourage the Government to review global solutions in place at present, and consider ways to learn from the strengths of these programs to create and implement a diverse set of programs, incentives and opportunities for Canadians and companies in Canada to innovate and contribute to advancing socially impactful innovations across all sectors and communities.

Credit: Entertainment Software Association of Canada

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Improve Access to Business Development Programs for Co-operatives and Non-profits

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 08/24/2016 1472057770
Expand the capacity and access to existing small and medium enterprise services through the Canadian Business Network and other federal business devel .... Read more

Expand the capacity and access to existing small and medium enterprise services through the Canadian Business Network and other federal business development programs to enhance business supports and readiness for investment by social enterprises and co-operatives.

Credit: Canadian CED Network, Social Enterprise Council of Canada, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, Chantie

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Centralize and disseminate community information

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 08/23/2016 1471976610
When government departments announce events, initiatives, grants, programs, etc they should submit information into a central database, tagged with us .... Read more

When government departments announce events, initiatives, grants, programs, etc they should submit information into a central database, tagged with user selection filters (eg Heritage,Arts,Science,Aboriginal,Digital,Ontario etc), and dated. Allow Canadians to register and select the tags of interest such that new information is automatically pushed or emailed to interested parties. This way Canadians are proactively informed of news relevant to their needs, instead of finding out by accident, or never, as is most often the case. Searching through myriad government documents scattered over diverse platforms isn't practical. Think Google Alerts system for the Canadian government. Keep us informed EASILY.

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The Maker's Economy

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 08/21/2016 1471816959
Tags: Business  innovation  arts 
The Maker's economy is to my mind a sort of micro business economy. Rather than being defined by a job, a maker is someone who perhaps works a job, bu .... Read more

The Maker's economy is to my mind a sort of micro business economy. Rather than being defined by a job, a maker is someone who perhaps works a job, but also pursues a creative passion that they're bringing to market.

But a maker of what? Technology is moving so fast that you can invent a craft for yourself.

An illustrator making show posters for local bands, and also making their own greeting cards for sale in cafes and bookshops in their community would know this. It's a short staircase from that to self publishing graphic novels, children's books, and board-games; each a passion project, but also a product. With a bit of guidance, these products can form the basis for a business.

This economy is already happening in bedrooms and home offices, but could entice more to join it if there was a place that facilitated some of this learning. As it is now, those that are part of this economy are self taught, self-motivated creators with a working understanding of social media and where things are going next. That's a smaller segment of society, but they're also a built in trainer base - going around tutorializing their work for the internet at large. So much of their audience are encouraged to try now after seeing it demonstrated online, but don't necessarily have the equipment to try.

What's needed to facilitate this is a dynamic laboratory space that's open for use to the public of all ages. A place where someone can walk in and say "I've heard about this thing where you get to do X, but I have no idea where to begin." A workshop space, where a video journalist can give a few pointers to aspiring vloggers, or a social media expert can discuss the new species of marketing that continue to evolve month by month. A place where hardware resides that you can use to bridge the gaps between your ideas and the market.

Credit: PCNA, Pacific Community Networks Association

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Access to Talent

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 08/10/2016 1470860628
The talent pool is seen as neither wide nor deep. While talent is less of an issue with MNEs, experienced and networked talent is seen as lacking in .... Read more

The talent pool is seen as neither wide nor deep.

While talent is less of an issue with MNEs, experienced and networked talent is seen as lacking in Canada and a number of CEOs talked about the value to an MNE of people who have worked in a number of countries, have exposure to new and different ways of thinking and doing things (Reference is from OBIO’s latest report “How Canada Should be Engaging in a $9 Trillion Dollar Health Economy” www.obio.ca)

SMEs reported more challenges with finding and retaining the human resources they need. Barriers that were mentioned include Canadian immigration policies, competition from jurisdictions with better financing, less risky companies, lack of incentives and security for employees to join and stay in the industry and lack of support for companies to create jobs and build an experienced workforce.

The report recommends, talent attraction and retention policies or programs to eliminate barriers to immigration and provide direct funding or tax relief for companies to competitively develop experienced personnel.

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Tailored Service

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 08/08/2016 1470686588
What would make Canada more innovative and entrepreneurial would be to have more access to assistance tailored on individual needs.

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Increase Small Business and Youth Grants for Long-Term Media Projects

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 07/06/2016 1467829630
Since this section includes "creative society" as one of the qualifiers, I assume the Government of Canada must understand the benefit of arts and cul .... Read more

Since this section includes "creative society" as one of the qualifiers, I assume the Government of Canada must understand the benefit of arts and culture to society. How that sector can vitalize an economy, improve a community's competitive edge, make communities more attractive to investors and contribute to the development of a skilled workforce.The issue we have in Canada is that there is no incentive for a creative person, outside of national pride, to stay in Canada. Funding is more often than not geared towards established creatives and almost purely towards one-time projects. Small business and youth funding is directed almost exclusively to more secure and safer sectors.By encouraging investment in and funding actual businesses in the arts and culture sector the government of Canada would be making Canada a more attractive place to reside for everyone. On top of that a strong arts and culture sector attracts skilled workers of all stripes; from technically skilled workers to lawyers and investors.While there may be funding available in certain Canadian cities, there is also funding available in cultural centres like San Francisco and New York. If a young entrepreneur is seeking to start a business and are given the option of Ottawa or New York, they will often choose the latter at least in part because of the exciting culture that city has to offer.On top of that creativity is contagious. If a tech community is nestled against an enthused, vibrant arts community they will be more likely to take chances on innovation and gain the inspiration to think outside the box.

While we invest in the arts and culture sector currently it is largely on one-off projects. These projects don't give us the same economic benefit as long-term businesses. They do not attract investors or workers. They serve to highlight Canadian talent but won't create a self-sustaining community that generates revenue. Businesses such as production companies, galleries, publications, festivals, websites, increased funding for TV shows and other long-term projects should gain priority.When investors or workers choose to leave Canada or choose another country for investing, whether subconsciously or not, the choice often comes down to one word: boring. There is a clear cure for this; investment in businesses in arts and culture that have long-term potential.

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More free support and communities like rockmybizplan.ca

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/04/2016 1467662341
By giving young people easy access to expertise, guidance, coaching and peer communities with other entrepreneurs, we set people up for taking more ac .... Read more

By giving young people easy access to expertise, guidance, coaching and peer communities with other entrepreneurs, we set people up for taking more action on their ideas. 

British Columbia is leading the charge in this regard with Futurpreneur Canada's free Rock My Business Plan series throughout the province (in partnership with the Provincial Government and RBC). http://rockmybizplan.ca

 

 

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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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Create small business grants to foster Canadian innovation

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 06/23/2016 1466682464
Tags: Business  science  grants 
The NIH in the US has a SBIR (small business innovation research) grant program that aids enormously in getting new startup companies going.  It is a .... Read more

The NIH in the US has a SBIR (small business innovation research) grant program that aids enormously in getting new startup companies going.  It is a highly used and integral part of the business environment in the US that is completely lacking in Canada.  We should consider adopting this strategy to allow Canadian small business ideas to be developed at home.

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