Entrepreneurial and creative society
often gifted people with disabilities are restricted to what they can invest in because of the terms of the disability checks, which do not allow big investments,but it also includes provincial for example in Ontario w/ odsp you can only do so much before the disability plan is voided,what we need the government to do is put measures in place including provincial governments , so everyone can be included in the economy
People innovate. Whether it takes the form of a new product, new process, or new markets, the introduction of innovation is done by visionary individuals who see how to do things differently. A successful innovation strategy must therefore start by fostering the talent, skills and opportunities required for potential innovators to thrive.
The need for innovators intensifies as the economy continues to move towards an innovation-focused, high-value service base. Already, Canada’s service economy employs about three quarters of Canadians and accounts for 70.8% of GDP — a 5% increase since 2000. Financial services, environmental services, water-management services, and IT services are all areas where Canada is a world-leader, thanks in part to the innovators who have built world-class firms in these growing sectors.
The trend towards an economy built on innovative services is intensifying as the knowledge economy evolves. We are entering what has been called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” where disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology are quickly transforming the ways we live and work. As a result, the skills Canadians need for career success are also changing, and employers increasingly demand workers with a wide range of skills and functional knowledge.
An effective innovation strategy will respond to these trends by supporting the effective education and training of future innovators. To do so, Canada needs to increase the number of work-integrated learning opportunities for students in order to grow talent and skills, and to prepare the next generation for a rapidly changing economy. In order to “futureproof” a workforce, the World Economic Forum reports that “government and businesses will need to profoundly change their approach to education, skills and employment,” and they recommend enhanced collaboration between businesses, governments and education providers in developing 21st century curriculums.
There are some caveats: students should be paid; the learning opportunities should be relevant; and the experiences should be meaningful. The idea is that the opportunities are collaborative, and mutually beneficial. By connecting young minds with dynamic Canadian businesses, we can grow Canadian talent for innovation, strengthen the employability of post-secondary graduates, and provide businesses with the specialized knowledge, skilled talent and fresh perspectives they will need to adapt and innovate.
If Canada is serious about becoming an innovation leader, we need to make work-integrated learning opportunities the cornerstone of the Innovation Agenda.
My idea for Canada to create a program called WisePeers. The idea to create a social media crowd sourcing platform that allows peers with diverse background and located in different part of Canada and then in the world to connect positively. The connection will result in either improving an existing skill or brainstorming to resolve a problem facing one of the peers. It is an interdisciplinary online mentoring tool that helps different type of peers to interact and help each other in a chosen field. Canada will help make the world light wisdom one Wise Peer at a time in different categories mainly social entrepreneurship.
Canada will be the leader in creating the most positive social media site in the world that will light wisdom. Phase 1 of the project will be focused in Canada and different provinces and once results shows success we can move to Phase 2 and open it up globally.
WisePeers will let users choose a skill to be worked on from a predefined list created from the following common mentoring categories:
1) Youth related issues at school such as: lack of motivation to study, bullying, obesity, drug use, depression, lying,cheating, or expressing anger.
2) Career Development issues within private and public sector organizations such as: leadership, project management,career building, or learn new skill. mentor refugees to take the next step.
3) Entrepreneurship issues such as: risk taking, business planning, financial help, marketing, organization structure, or legal help.
Canada WisePeers innovation advantages:
- Can help information exchange and experience transfer.
- WisePeers can run on a larger scale than face to face mentoring interactions.
- Wise Peers can be assigned on an ad hoc basis without a centralized program.
- Allows peers to collaborate, reflect and connect as they are in one place which reduces the feelings of isolation.
- Ability to think through wisdom thoughts and questions prior to responding.
- WisePeers will offer global awarding ranks for both peers that they can build on to improve and become a wiser person in this world. It also provides a record of interactions. These ranks and records can used to build trust and recorded personal accomplishments. The ranking will be helping to define a realistic score for most influencing people in the world.
- WisePeers can make it easier for a peer to seek out more experiences peers based on complementary or similar skills and interests rather than superficial characteristics.
- Not constrained by geography and have huge potential to integrate all over the world.
- WisePeers can be advantageous for women and persons with disabilities due to a reduced emphasis on status,geographic location and demographics.
I own the rights for the name wisepeers.com and I have a complete design for the program that is not public yet and willing to share and take part in it.
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.
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