Federal Partners in Technology Transfer at (FPTT)'s website, a unique example of people in Canada's federal science-based departments and agencies working together, will hold its annual meeting and awards cermony' in Ottawa June 1-3, 2008.
Editors. The Innovation Journal is seeking volunteer Discussion Papers and Case Studies editors.
Thank you to the other editors: Ken Russell, Howard Doughty, Sanni Yaya and Ian Roberge.
Calls for Papers. The deadline for receipt of papers for the special issue on Client Empowerment is December 1, 2007 and for the special issue on Complexity and Innovation is January 4, 2008. We are also interested in papers on Innovations in Learning, Innovations involving Women in Arab Countries, Creativity, Innovations in Ethics, and Innovations in Local Government. As always, we are interested in articles in English et en français and papers on any public sector innovation topics for open issues. For more information, see the Call for Papers at: http://www.innovation.cc/call_for_papers.htm
Read this article by Richard Florida, posted at The Conference Board's website.
The Global Economic Policy Institute at the University of Westminster in London has announced the world's first international 'how to reform a government' Masters programme, following several years' research and development.
Further information is available online, at:
Paul E M Reynolds
MIT's OpenCourseWare Experiment
MIT caught distance educators by surprise in April 2001 when it announced plans to post the content of some 2,000 classes on the Web, saying it hoped to spur a worldwide movement among educators to share knowledge and improve teaching methods. In a world where most institutions are seeking to squeeze a few extra bucks from their Internet activities, here was a preeminent university willing to give it all away for free. "It's a profoundly simple idea that was not intuitive," says the manager of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "At the time, the world was clamping down on information, limiting it to those who could pay for it." In September, MIT will officially launch OpenCourseWare with 500 courses, but during the past year's beta phase, it's already learned a few lessons, such as how do you discourage Third World scam artists from hawking MIT degrees as if they were Rolex knock-offs? Despite these problems, the test was hailed a success, and OpenCourseWare is now set to expand its outreach by offering translations of 25 courses into Spanish and Portuguese, courtesy of Universia, a Madrid-based consortium of universities. Similar offers from the Middle East, the Ukraine and Mongolia are under consideration. The real test, however, will be whether the project will sprout the online communities needed to support individual courses. "We'd like to see self-managed OpenCourseWare communities," says the manager. "Our vision is to have this open source software on the site, as well as information that helps people build a learning community, whether it's in Namibia, Thailand, whatever."
The Innovation Journal has a new sponsor!
We are happy to report that the International Institute of Administrative Sciences - IIAS/ Institut international des Sciences administratives - IISA, headquartered in Brussels, has become a sponsor of The Innovation Journal. You may visit their site at: http://www.iiasiisa.be/
Call for Papers
The Innovation Journal will be publishing twelve special issues over the next year or so, prepared by guest editors. The themes of the special issues and the editors of the issues are listed below.
This is a call for papers for the special issues. Please submit papers to Eleanor Glor, Editor-in-Chief.
Updated May 20, 2008