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St Paul’s Headmaster addresses Innovation Summit

Posted on August 19, 2016

St Paul’s School Headmaster, Dr Paul Browning, was a guest speaker at the ‘Innovation Café’ Summit held at the Stamford Hotel.

Dr Browning was one of four experts to address an audience of professionals seeking to better understand the concept of innovation and how their businesses can succeed accordingly.  The event focused on three key pillars of innovation: commercialisation, productivity and culture.

Dr Browning spoke on the topic of ‘creating an innovation culture’ referencing the School’s industry-leading innovation work through our Learning Realms, Entrepreneurs Club, and Vision for 2028.

According to Dr Browning, “building a culture of innovation requires buy-in at all levels of an organisation.  Fundamental to this is creating an atmosphere of trust.  If people trust an organisation has their best interests at heart and is moving in the right direction, an innovative culture is possible.

“In a school context, building an innovative spirit in students is something critical to preparing them for an uncertain future.  If 50% of today’s jobs will disappear in the next 20 years due to automation and artificial intelligence, young people need an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative spirit if they are to be agile and adaptable in such changing circumstances,” he said.

Other speakers at the event were The Hon. Leeanne Enoch, MP, the State Minister for Innovation; Professor Ian Frazer from the University of Queensland and Dr Jane Thomason from ABT Associates.

You can learn more about the Innovation Café here: http://www.innovationcafe.com.au/

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