Buzzwords are becoming action. Blockchain technology is demonstrating that in a country tackling complicated, cross-jurisdictional problems such as water governance, there are open, grassroots, and transparent platforms that can help. This is just the beginning.
If society wants innovation to tackle major social and environmental challenges, we need to proactively shape innovation policy to accomplish those goals. However, Canada's bifurcated social innovation and mainstream innovation approach lags behind its international peers for building bold mission-oriented interventions our circumstances require.
Critical questions for impact-focused organizations: How do we talk about the future in vulnerable contexts? How about in contexts where young people do not necessarily feel that they have full agency over their own destiny? What about spaces where Indigenous culture and history were overtaken by colonial markers of progress? Here are some things to reflect upon, right now.
You may have heard about the big numbers that made the Budget 2019 headlines. In a fast-changing society, small-to-medium-scale dollars can help create conditions for response mechanisms to emerging opportunities and challenges. As we look ahead to the 2020s, these numbers will be crucial.
With practically every job now, and certainly in the future, requiring digital literacy and proficiency in technology, the lack of tangible resources and infrastructure to support Indigenous students in the acquisition of digital skills is particularly consequential.