5 Tips for Building a More Innovative Country
- Expand Your Innovation Horizon: Look beyond technology. Encourage innovations in societal and social norm improvements. This broader perspective can lead to more inclusive and diverse advancements.
- Foster a Curiosity-Driven Culture: Cultivate an environment where questioning the status quo is encouraged. Transform the mindset from ‘why‘ to ‘why not‘ to ignite innovation and facilitate change.
- Invest in Youthful Curiosity: Recognize and nurture the innovative potential of younger generations. Support their curiosity and provide them with opportunities to develop as future leaders and innovators.
- Blend Theory with Practice in Education: Follow the University of Waterloo’s experiential learning example by merging academic theory with practical application. This blend is key to producing well-rounded entrepreneurs and innovators who can tackle real-world challenges.
- Leverage Global Insights for Local Impact: Emphasize the importance of international educational experiences. Drawing global perspectives into the local context can significantly enhance innovation, leading to more globally-informed and locally relevant solutions.
[00:00] Introduction with David Johnston
[00:29] What is Innovation?
[01:04] Canada’s Role in Global Innovation
[02:30] Canadian Innovators and Impact
[07:25] Historical Innovations in Canada
[07:56] Fostering a Culture of Innovation
[09:57] Innovation Index Discussion
[15:49] Educational Experiences Abroad
[16:20] University of Waterloo’s Co-op Model
[22:40] Entrepreneurial Culture in Kitchener-Waterloo
[32:08] International Experiences for Canadians
[35:52] Concluding Thoughts and Reflections
- David Johnston: Former Governor General of Canada
- Tom Jenkins: Co-author with David Johnston in “Innovation Nation” and “Ingenius”
- Mike Lazaridis: Founder of BlackBerry, mentioned in the context of University of Waterloo alumni
- John Baker: Founder of Desire2Learn (D2L), mentioned in the context of University of Waterloo alumni