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Musings from the shed.

Rob Elshire

Citations Needed: Episode 110: The Shiny-Object Psychology of American Capitalist “Innovation”

I've been working on pulling together a call for review and renewal of our science system here in Aotearoa. A huge part of the problem with the system is a mistaken understanding of the role of fundamental reasearch, what innovation is, and the effects of venture capital based capitalism. This podcast and the transcript breaks it down.

Also the transcript.

Rob Elshire

Agri-Tech Innovation Ecosystem Workshop

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I put this together for the first Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri Technology (Australian National University in Canberra) workshop a few years ago. There is a lot packed into this (even though the recording cut things short). This is one of my best pieces of integrative work.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Science and innovation: Where is NZ's master plan? - NZ Herald

This is the Research Science and Innovation (RSI) strategy document that I have been poking at since last year. Thankfully, they have not released a final version. My research has clearly demonstrated that MBIE has not done a proper consultation, the process lacks a discoverable plan, there is no transparency and certainly no responsiveness.

I respect the Honorable Doctor Megan Woods and the hard yards she is doing on behalf of my fellow kiwis. I am completely sincere in this, but if she is correct that people are happier with the second go with in depth consultation for this strategy, the first effort must have been a dumpster fire. If that is the case, a bit of shuffling in MBIE's policy team might have been considered the proper thing to do.

Previously

Previously

Rob Elshire

These are the 10 most innovative countries, Bloomberg says - Business Insider

So there are reasons that some countries are more innovative than others. I suspect that government use of the word innovation ad nauseum is not one of them. Let's do some evidence based policy work here in Aotearoa so we get some bloody progress rather than business-as-usual described as not-business-as-usual. Really.

Rob Elshire

Prepared Comments for MBIE Research, Science, and Innovation Draft 'Consultation'