[LINK] Tech startups release manifesto for policy change after government's Policy Hack

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Nov 14 09:00:59 AEDT 2015

On 12/11/15 17:57, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> 2. Improving social enterprises by creating the Academy for Sustainable Community ...

Not exactly an original idea. The UK launched an "Academy for 
Sustainable Communities" in 2005. The UK initiative is for training 
people in community engagement, partnership working, project management 
and leadership: http://www.ascskills.org.uk/what-we-do.html

The Australian proposal to do this through the NBN is a bit dated. In 
the education community we have moved from thinking about classroom 
education, through computer education and now on to mobile education 
involving a social component. The NBN is no use for this, as it is a 
fixed, not mobile, infrastructure.

One of the other Policy Hack proposals was "Encouraging universities to 
engage with industry" which is a good aim, but I don;t think the 
proposed method of "boosting research and development funding to 
universities" is a good way to do it. Instead I suggest providing the 
funding for training students in innovation and entrepreneurship. With 
that training the students will then know how to work with industry. The 
problem at present is that the university researchers simply do not know 
how to communicate with industry. The Innovation ACT competition 
provides an excellent example of how to teach these skills and I am 
designing some m-learning training materials to complement it: 

ps: The #PolicyHack Outcomes report is available at: 

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