The Byron Shire Echo last week highlighted the online comment of the week: ‘Why would an innovation and engagement platform want to form a political party? Why not dedicate 100 per cent of your time… into inviting, developing and improving the innovation and engagement platform. Jason’
I have and do dedicate 100 per cent of my time to improving the innovation and engagement platform.
After 30 years of experience as an inventor and innovator I designed a political party committed to bringing about improvement of function in all areas of governance to find greater efficiency, eliminate unnecessary waste and better serve the community by deeper engagement.
If Jason and the editor of the Echo had even read our commonsense principles and Innovationparty.com.au charter they could never have in conscience have been so dismissive.
Innovation is what is needed if we are to even adequately meet the coming challenges of economic disruption and climate change.
The principle of innovation can be practically applied in all areas, to a person learning a new important skill, or a system being created to enable greater community engagement.
Our electoral process needs to use a mix of new technology and good old fashioned education, with values of transparency and integrity to guide its way.
The example given by Jason and the Echo showcase the ignorance in our conservative culture, allowing cynical people to suppress efforts of which they have no knowledge.
To be supported by a media organisation that seeks to publicise this as being clever while not even bothering to investigate the true efforts made within it’s own local community.
I would like to think this was just an ignorant error of judgement made by busy people. Nonetheless it was very ignorant.
Malcolm Robertson, public officer, Innovation Party