In the final part of his three-part series on innovation in Australia, Mark Dodgson argues for the importance of innovation in creating a prosperous society. He contrasts the success of countries which have embraced innovation with the stagnation of those which have not. After describing the influence of Australia’s colonial past, and efforts in recent decades to bring forth change, this week Mark Dodgson presents his simple recipe for government, business and education, to create a nation with a prosperous future.
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Innovation in Australia part 3 of 3 - getting to where we want to be - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Innovation in Australia part 2 of 3 - recent times - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Mark Dodgson continues his look at innovation in Australia. We hear about Australian inventor Arthur Bishop (1917–2006), described as a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci. He took on the world car industry with his new steering mechanism. Politician John Button sought to modernise Australia’s backward approach to industry in the 1980s, and the CSIRO, bruised and battered at the turn of the century survives as it transforms itself making its research more market-focussed. This week it launched its latest flagship, concentrating on digital communications.
Innovation in Australia part 1 of 3 - early beginnings - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Australia in the years following European settlement was so markedly different from today. So much that we take for granted in food production, medicine, communications transport and much else had not been developed. The early settlers’ approach to innovation was shackled by a colonial dependence on imported technology and a focus on individuals rather than any collective endeavour. Despite this, Australia had its inventors tinkering and making great strides, some of which were at the forefront of the world’s developing technologies. What was their secret? What needs to happen now? And why have Australians not heard of Henry Sutton, described by Professor Mark Dodgson, presenter of this series, as possibly one of the greatest inventors in history?
‘Molecular gastronomy’ was coined in the 1991 as a suitably serious-sounding term that would help pave the way for a conference on culinary science.
Since then, however, it has become a convenient, catch-all-phrase to describe science-driven cooking. It explains little and misleads a lot.
In 2006 Heston was involved in producing a statement to explain how his motivations and intentions weren’t confined to the sphere of molecular gastronomy.
ONE Three basic principles guide our cooking: excellence, openness, and integrity.
We are motivated above all by an aspiration to excellence. We wish to work with ingredients of the finest quality, and to realize the full potential of the food we choose to prepare, whether it is a single shot of espresso or a multicourse tasting menu.
TWO Our cooking values tradition, builds on it, and along with tradition is part of the ongoing evolution of our craft.
The world’s culinary traditions are collective, cumulative inventions, a heritage created by hundreds of generations of cooks. Tradition is the base which all cooks who aspire to excellence must know and master. Our open approach builds on the best that tradition has to offer.
THREE We embrace innovation - new ingredients, techniques, appliances, information, and ideas - whenever it can make a real contribution to our cooking.
We do not pursue novelty for its own sake. We may use modern thickeners, sugar substitutes, enzymes, liquid nitrogen, sous-vide, dehydration, and other nontraditional means, but these do not define our cooking. They are a few of the many tools that we are fortunate to have available as we strive to make delicious and stimulating dishes.
FOUR We believe that cooking can affect people in profound ways, and that a spirit of collaboration and sharing is essential to true progress in developing this potential.
The act of eating engages all the senses as well as the mind. Preparing and serving food could therefore be the most complex and comprehensive of the performing arts. To explore the full expressive potential of food and cooking, we collaborate with scientists, from food chemists to psychologists, with artisans and artists (from all walks of the performing arts), architects, designers, industrial engineers. We also believe in the importance of collaboration and generosity among cooks: a readiness to share ideas and information, together with full acknowledgment of those who invent new techniques and dishes.
A decade ago, on the other side of two wars, an economic meltdown, and mass unemployment, economist Richard Florida made a big splash asserting the economic power and glory of what he dubbed the “creative class.”
A new social class, he said, of writers and dancers and artists, innovators in science and medicine, technology and media.Freelancers and free thinkers whose open minds were reshaping the world and firing up a lot of wealth. Suddenly, every ambitious city and town wanted to be a creative class magnet.
Ten years on, how’s that all going?
After becoming a renewable energy entrepreneur (think massive kites), Saul Griffith started wondering about the greenness of his own life—so he started counting. The exercise became an exploration, which resulted in the website WattzOn.com, a powerful opensource tool for personal impact calculation. Using the Embodied Energy Database, you can finally determine “the impact of wearing underwear versus taking holiday in Europe.” Griffith explains how WattzOn works (and how you can help perfect it), and why we miss the point when we obsess over
Free thinker Gunter Pauli takes green and sustainable practices a step further and outlines his vision for a Blue economy. It’s an approach that draws heavily on both natural systems and the market place. The starting point, says Pauli, is to use what you’ve got then apply a bit of creative thinking and build on it with smart, appropriate technology. His goal is to achieve multiple benefits, create jobs and add value to underperforming assets. All with zero emissions and zero waste.
Gunter Pauli is an idealist but he’s no dreamer. He’s established a number of innovative companies and organisations that put these ideas into practice. In this talk he discusses the philosophy that underpins the blue economy and provides concrete examples of how and where these ideas have been successfully applied.
Highlights from Progress on the Blue Economy, new economics and learning for sustainability, Sydney Ideas 3 April 2012.
Future Tense is essential listening for those interested in exploring the social, cultural, political and economic fault lines arising from rapid change. The weekly half-hour program/podcast takes a critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking. From politics to media to environmental sustainability, nothing is outside its brief. Future Tense explores the issues and provides critical analysis, offering an insight into how our world is changing and how we in turn are learning to adapt.
THE RETURN OF THE JET-PACK It was a staple of scifi in the 1950s and 60s- the strap on jet-pack. But despite the excitement jet-packs never quite caught on! But now a New Zealand inventor has developed a prototype, which is set to be the world’s first commercially available jet-pack.
THE TRAFFIC INTERNET Automotive engineer Peter Maskus has a plan to build a traffic internet - a series of very narrow vacuum tubes to suck people from one destination to another in a specially built vehicle.
THE CITY NOBODY WILL CALL HOME
A US company is planning to build a purpose built mid-sized American city - with no people. The Centre for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation will test new intelligent and green technologies in a unique environment.
Stagnation, consumption and the value of profit above social capital. Three thinkers question some of the orthodoxies around our economic future.
Umair Haque Director of the Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto.
Tyler Cowen Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Author of The Great Stagnation.
Chandran Nair Founder of the Global Institute For Tomorrow. Author of Consumptionomics.
Umair Haque’s Harvard Business Review blog
Global Institute For Tomorrow
Marginal Revolution - Tyler Cowen’s blog
Link to Stan Correy’s Background Briefing story - ‘Digital revolutionaries under surveillance’ (http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2011/3212869.htm)
Title: The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business Author: Umair Haque Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Title: Consumptionomics: Asia’s role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet Author: Chandran Nair Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Title: The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better Author: Tyler Cowen Publisher: e-book (see URL above) URL: http://mercatus.org/greatstagnation