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Talking the Talk: Turning the Language of Innovation into Practical Action

EditorialBy Ed Bernacki & Mark RobbinsOn December 13, 2018

Governments around the world are now investing in strategies to build innovation skills and capacity of public servants to innovate solutions for the challenges of servicing citizens. Since 2000, Governments in Singapore, South Africa,...

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Where is Canada's Strategy for Augmented Reality?

EditorialBy Mark RobbinsOn November 26, 2018

Augmented reality or “AR” is one of the fastest growing disruptive technologies out there. AR seeks to add additional layers to reality through software which people can interact with. Perhaps the most famous AR application so far has been...

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Democracy and Public Service in Changing Times: Citizen Interaction with the Evolving Centre of Government

Policy PaperBy Mark Robbins & Karl SalgoOn November 21, 2018

There are different theories about how “the centre” of government relates to other state and legislative institutions. The most popular comes from Donald Savoie, who suggests that a growing concentration of power at “the centre” detracts...

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Adopting AI in Government : A Call for Calm

EditorialBy Mark RobbinsOn September 28, 2018

The recent study by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab paints a rather dismal picture of a government where artificial intelligence (AI) runs amuck. It specifically accuses the department for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship...

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The Evolution of Business Incubator and Accelerator Policy in Canada : A Review of CAIP

EditorialBy Mark RobbinsOn September 11, 2018

It is a common misconception that good ideas and scientific breakthroughs will achieve commercial viability all on their own. In fact, the gap between discovery research and successful commercialization is so large and perilous that it is...

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Turning Inclusive Innovation into Programs: Four Recommendations for the Federal Government

EditorialBy Mark Robbins & Alix JansenOn July 12, 2018

In a recent article with the Canadian International Council, we made the argument that while political support for “inclusive innovation” has become widespread, this has not been effectively translated into programs. When the policies in...

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