Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 24th 2015 Contents A22
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In these troubling times, innova-
tion is seen as integral to resolving
the crisis generated by our deteri-
orating economic circumstances. We
are urged to focus on the new and
the next: to take a leap forward. We
are reminded that innovation, more
than mere behaviour change, is "...
also about what works... better". But
what do we understand by this phe-
Basically, innovation implies pru-
dent application of learning. It means
judicious application of our com-
petencies to configure new ways of
doing things in order to improve the
quality and efficiency of services,
products or processes. Innovation is
development, use and adaptation of
relevant technologies; altered ways
of solving tasks or delivering services;
new or changed ways of organising
activities within institutions; intro-
duction of new responsibilities, per-
spectives, objectives, strategies; and
improved ways of interacting with
other organisations and knowledge
bases. These constitute a passport
to more sustainable national devel-
Where does innovation originate,
how does it evolve, and how do indi-
viduals and institutions nurture it?
What drives a people to innovate?
What triggers that creative spark to
forge a breakthrough? Innovation
often arises from frustration with
the status quo or in response to cri-
sis: our current reality. It thrives
under visionary leadership, which
can unlock ideas from their teams,
communities and societies.
Myriad developments create a
push for innovation in the public
sector. Changes in a country s demo-
graphics can lead to development of
home-care policy as a response to
increasing numbers of elderly citizens
needing critical care. Economic
development, growth and crisis,
spawn need for enhanced compet-
itiveness in the marketplace. The
mission to integrate the country into
a more cohesive society requires
strengthening relationships between
the islands of T&T and promoting
rural development. These processes
create enormous pressures for inno-
vation in the public and private sec-
tors. Natural disasters often expose
weaknesses in emergency prepared-
ness, also spurring public sector
Networks, partnerships and other
forms of interaction between relevant
actors expedite development and
implementation of new and bold
ideas that reinvigorate public policies
and services. These interactive arenas
foster innovation by promoting
multi-actor collaboration; facilitating
knowledge sharing and transforma-
tive learning; and building joint own-
ership of new innovative visions and
The quiet revolution currently tak-
ing place in our cocoa industry typ-
ifies innovation at work in support
of national development. The Cocoa
Research Centre (CRC) of UWI, St
Augustine, partnering with a new
breed of cocoa entrepreneurs and
the Government is charting an excit-
ing future for cocoa. The alliance
marries science and technology,
sourced from CRC, with the business
acumen and marketing savvy of pri-
vate sector partners to produce a
variety of value-added products from
an industry which formerly only
exported beans. The collaboration
also embraces cocoa farmers and
rural communities, creating condi-
tions for innovation to flourish by
tapping into the creativity at all levels
of society; not only top down. The
model is adaptable for more general
application in the agricultural sector.
There is an urgency for govern-
ment, private sector, civil society
and citizens to collaborate in fash-
ioning an environment to nurture
and sustain a culture of innovation.
Therein lies our future.
I came into this world
A little helpless soul.
Naked and lonely
Existed just me.
Lost without a thought
A warm embrace I sought.
A loving word
That s what I heard.
I began this journey
An unknown destiny.
At night tucked into bed.
Clothing to cover
Education to discover.
Lessons to learn
To you I turn.
A home to call my own
When I am grown.
The values from your heart
These shape my path.
Hear my cry
Before I die.
Do not neglect.
Let us all love and protect the
nation s children. They are the
future generation, let us as adults
set the right example for them.
Jeanine M Gervais
My head hurts and my heart
aches, literally, school boys Deneilson
Smith and Mark Richards could have
been my sons, my brothers or yours,
respectful, productive, all rounded,
well-nurtured and well loved young
Felled, slaughtered less than farm
animals and left to bleed on the cold
stone till dead, for what reason?
Simply because of their geographic
location? Because they lived on the
wrong street in Laventille? What is
to stop their emboldened execution-
ers from migrating to Woodbrook,
Westmoorings, Lange Park and else-
where to carry out a similar agen-
da?Serious crime is not down Mr
Commissioner, the blood of the
innocents continues to flow unabat-
ed, the situation is dire, we are at
a juncture in T&T where it is do or
die. There are no words I can offer
which can bring comfort to the
mothers and loved ones of these
sons. But I pray that the Almighty
will give them strength to face
Rest in eternal peace Deneilson
Innovation our passport to
Crime out of control, Mr Commissioner
Mas makers Vernon Mills, left, and Anthony Reis at work on a Carnival costume The Golden Sun Rise, at D Krewe Mas Camp, Dundonald Street, Port-of-
Spain. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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