Australia has had a number of major innovations in the past. We still produce great research and come up with disruptive ideas. But as the rest of the world speeds ahead in the innovation sector, how can we keep up, and what can we learn from other countries to lift Australia’s performance? Most organisations would say that they want to be more innovative, but what does that mean?
For the next two months we’ll discuss this in our featured forum. Innovation is a centrepiece of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australia. Together with the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne he announced a highly anticipated innovation statement in early December, where he called for an 'ideas boom' and revealed a funding package of almost $1.1 billion spread across multiple initiatives and programs.
We need more than good intentions to drive a cultural shift. Innovation starts at school. We know that for the jobs of the future we’ll need core skills like coding and data science, mathematics and statistics, but we also need to foster creative thinking and entrepreneurship. We need a generation of curious Australians who are willing to try new things, accept that they might fail and try again.
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