Tag: Innovation

Changing the rules to unleash innovation in development

I am honored that my blog received a guest post from The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By Jon Lomøy, Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) Innovation isn’t something that springs to mind when speaking of statistical systems. But right now, the OECD is looking to do just that: innovate the way it measures and monitors external development finance in order to boost both its volume and effectiveness. The official development assistance (ODA) measure developed by the OECD, which has been used for over 50 years to monitor development finance, defines how funds must be delivered

A Trojan Horse to Spark Innovation and Globalization (part 3)

Continued from 2 weeks ago, we discuss implementing an effective and wide-reaching scholarship fund for Japanese students. In order to do this, creating an organization that helps coordinate the various requirements becomes a critical necessity. The third (and last point) is the importance of getting private industry involved. 3. Get private industry involvedA lot of companies “talk the talk” – they complain about their incoming hires not being worldly or knowing English – but they can “walk the walk” by participating in this program. As mentioned before, the program should be funded primarily by private companies. The reason is that this

A Trojan Horse to Spark Innovation and Globalization

What if one simple concept, such as implementing a wide-reaching scholarship fund for Japanese students to study overseas, actually became, in a sense, a sort of “Trojan horse” into the Japanese establishment, unearthing a whole slew of inefficiencies, barriers and problems to be solved in Japan’s government, education system and society? There are at least three points to consider when establishing an effective scholarship fund. The first, I present this week. 1. Expand beyond existing programs First of all, there is little point in simply recreating existing programs like the Mansfield fellowship (U.S. government employees only), Rhodes (Oxford University only),


Post 3/11 (continued)

(…continued from last week) While change is inevitable after so much devastation and loss of infrastructure, the question becomes: what form and character will those changes take? And how much change will result from how much human energy unleashed? One cruel scenario is the possibility that this disaster wounds Japan’s ossified postwar paradigm but leaves intact its stultifying bureaucracy (corporate and governmental) and the conformist systems of education and advancement that sustain it. Japan suffers without achieving rebirth. Assuming that Japan does find the momentum for change, the second question is: What if this momentum takes Japanese society in a


The Economist Debate – Rebuttal

As I mentioned last week, I am participating in an online debate with The Economist. You can follow the debate and vote online for the issue you feel is more important. Here is the rebuttal I just posted based on the opening statements by my opponent, the moderator and feedback/comments I received from the various participants. My rebuttal:I am delighted by the response this debate has produced. Many thoughtful readers have pointed out that the initial premise of the debate is unnecessarily dualistic: it suggests an either/or dichotomy that seems unrealistic. Most people seem to believe that we need some

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