Over the last few months, I embarked on a major decluttering of my home. What started as a simple “I need to paint the dining room” has in four months escalated to a complete makeover for each room with new paint on every wall and a decluttering of “stuff” that had lain dormant for many years. I can’t say that it was an easy process but now that it is completed the house has taken on a new persona – and easier to navigate!
The final report for the Growing Value Scotland task force launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney earlier this month a series of recommendations to deliver step changes to maximise business uptake of innovation. The step changes include enhancing business –university collaboration and how all organisations working together must drive up and increase the demand for co-working with our world leading universities and research institutions.
I was heartened that the report concluded that there is no single “silver bullet” or easy solution to lead to a complete makeover – we need co-operation across all parts of the innovation ecosystem. Moreover the concept of innovation itself must be broadened to capture the kinds of support all businesses require. Our track record shows that simple steps, like “I need access to specialist facilities” can escalate to a larger programme of work that in time will significantly increase businesses innovative capacity.
Just like in embarking on painting a house; delivering a major uptake in innovation needs a clear appetite for a step change, tenacity to make it happen and access to underpinning investment, finance and knowledge. In the words of President Barack Obama “We know that the nation that goes all-in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow”. We have the mechanisms to support for industry-led and opportunity based innovation – let’s GO DO!