The Federal Government has switched onto innovation cultures! It's a good day.
I am intrigued to see how this will manifest and the role that Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design will play. Having worked on numerous behavioural and culture design projects over the last couple of years I know how important organisation wide collaboration and co-creation is. I think it shows a misunderstanding of the broader scope of innovation to limit investment to “STEM” subjects as outlined in the following excerpt.
Innovation is not the singular domain of a narrow group of disciplines.
Innovation can be learned by anyone and should be learned by everyone. Every business should and can benefit. Where diverse expertise is coupled with a human-centered creative process unexpected combinations of ideas result in innovation.
Have a look at how Amway have adopted Human-Centred Design to innovate around their product and service models.
The Government plan is a great starting point and should provide a platform for discussing the future of innovation cultures in Australia despite my own misgivings. Afterall, the central premise of innovation is questioning the status quo.