SG: Nurturing an Innovation Culture

Source: StraitsTimes, Nov 2015

Singapore has to move progressively not only towards an economy driven by innovation, but also towards an innovative society.

Singapore also needs to change the culture in education – to move away from an obsession with children’s grades and focus more on giving them diverse experiences, he said.

“No one knows for sure how we get a creative people. But there is some consensus that diverse experiences in life, particularly early in life, do help.

“Diverse experiences and interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, that helps,” he said.

“And that means everything you do on the sports field, in the dance hall, in debate and even when you’re just daydreaming.”

Mr Tharman even took a couple of minutes out of his speech to endorse daydreaming, saying that the meandering of the human mind is not purposeless.

maximising the innovative potential of everyone in the team, whatever job they are doing. 

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