Continuing the discussion around our blog post on Friday(read here: http://www.mashuplab.ca/…/mashup-weekend-yarmouth-innovatio…), Andrew wanted to share his thoughts on our current framing of what it means to be innovative.
After an inspiring Wisdom Of The Crowd session at CO3 a few weeks back and our most recent Mashup Weekend: Yarmouth, NS. Innovation can be as simple as sharign thoughtful critiques that will help someone take their business forward.
Being included in both the Rural & Cape Breton Innovation Districts our context for the term innovation is much different then the usual thoughts of a new device or a new machine, this ABSOLUTELY is innovation. These types of innovations are what is kick-starting our #DreamBusinessprogram into high-gear (register here: http://www.mashuplab.ca/dreambusiness.html)
However, What we encourage is that innovation can be seen also, from a much broader perspective! At our last Wisdom Of The Crowd session we took someone's cupcakes & bagels that were brought into CO3 and were asked the question how do I start a business out of this??
Well, In a matter of 20 minutes, the entrepreneurs that were in the crowd came up with 4 or 5 innovative business models that could help her make money right away. Leaving the talented baker with plenty to work towards!
The point is: these types of innovations are being excluded from the BROADER CONVERSATION OF INNOVATION!
If you'd like to see some RURAL INNOVATION in action, come to our next Wisdom Of The Crowd session happening t
omorrow at CO3, register here:
Working with over 1,000 Entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses from rural communities gives you perspective. Here is where I share the things I'm learning through my work with Mashup Lab. This is my Rural Perspective; I'd love to hear yours.