If there is one thing university Presidents desire, it is to be useful to society – and preferably to the government of the day, too. After all, post-Humboldt, universities exist to strengthen the state. The better a university does that, the more it will be appreciated and, hopefully, the better funded it will be. So it has always struck me as a bit odd how little universities (an business schools in particular) have really done in order to help work … [ Read More ]
Allow me to draw everyone’s attention to a piece last week in the Huffington Post called “How the Liberal Party Plans to Innovate the Way We Innovate”. The piece was written by a Liberal-connected PR/GR flack named Greg MacNeil who works at “public affairs” (read: lobbying) firm Ensight Canada.
MacNeil starts by asserting that “following Budget 2016, it is clear that when it comes to the innovation agenda, the government’s intentions are substantive”, which is nonsense: the budget simply introduced … [ Read More ]
I’m getting some worrying vibes from the new federal government. It’s nothing I can directly put my finger on (other than some annoying Ministerial tweets last week which seemed to claim that any money put into PSE infrastructure is ipso facto about “innovation”) but I get the sense that the new government is in danger of making some real mistakes with respect to innovation policy. Specifically, I’m worried that in the rush to repudiate the Harper legacy in all things … [ Read More ]
… is the name of a new(ish) book by Bruce Smardon of York University, which looks at the history of federal research & development policies over the last half-century. It is a book in equal measures fascinating and infuriating, but given that our recent change of government seems to be a time for re-thinking innovation policies, it’s a timely read if nothing else.
Let’s start with the irritating. It’s fairly clear that Smardon is an unreconstructed Marxist (I suppose structuralist is … [ Read More ]
Morning all. Regular service will pushed back one week to January 10th, but I couldn’t let the Globe op-ed “Southern Ontario Should be an Innovation Cluster, Not a Farm Team” by three Ontario university presidents (McMaster’s Patrick Deane, Toronto’s Meric Gertler, and Waterloo’s Feridun Hamdullahpur) go without comment.
The article reads like someone set out to fill a buzzword bingo card. Words like “supercluster”, “resilient”, “enhancing interaction”, “external connectivity”, “cluster-building infrastructure”, and “entrepreneurship ecosystem” all duly make an appearance; hell, there’s even a … [ Read More ]