Tag Archive | innovation

Bad business planning, worse public policy

by Bobby O’Keefe Whether or not you like the idea of Party Bus Atlantic, the justification used by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to deny their licence should be greeted with scorn by anyone who supports entrepreneurs in the province. The Party Bus, a company currently operating in Newfoundland, was looking to expand […]

And let’s make paying it back optional…

by Bobby O’Keefe Another day, another demonstration of how government loan programs tilted toward “innovation” or high tech firms never pan out in the end. As reported by Canadian Press Reporter Michael Tutton in today’s Chronicle Herald, ninety percent of loans provided through the first round of funding for the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) haven’t […]

Innovation in Policy Needs More Hardship

by Bobby O’Keefe As a follow-up to Monday’s post about the failures of government innovation programs, the mention of “hardship innovation” on a radio program over the weekend triggered another thought about why governments are rarely innovative. Hardship innovation is the name given to the ideas being born in the third world and other areas […]

Why Government Innovation is an Oxymoron

by Bobby O’Keefe A few weeks back a link to this animated presentation on motivation by Dan Pink showed up in my Twitter feed. While most of the presentation dealt with individual motivation and how rewards don’t always work the way we might think, a small bit toward the end (see 5:35) about the Australian […]