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Singapore & Innovation, with Essay Outline

http://www.asiainnovativecities.com/winners.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/17-made-singapore-apps-apple-023036596.html

http://www.techinasia.com/5-innovative-gadgets-proudly-designed-singapore/

http://iie.smu.edu.sg/news

http://www.nrf.gov.sg/innovation-enterprise/innovation-enterprise-milestones

Essay Outline : Discuss the value of innovation in your society

 BETTER IDEAS – IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE
o (even if these cost money, requires resources)
o E.g.  using automation and other forms of technology to help the elderly remain employable or live independently

 CONDITIONS ARE CHANGING SO WE NEED TO ADAPT
o (even if these force us to get out of our comfort zone & change the way we currently do things or compel us/our government to take certain risks)
o E.g.  Innovation in the education system to better equip students with what is called ‘twenty-first century competencies’
o E.g.  building underground

 SG’s CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNIQUE
o So, even if we attempt to learn from others, these ideas need to be adapted. This is a kind of innovation
o E.g.  Traffic management system including ERP etc. How to reduce the usage of private cars when it has become a status symbol in a class-conscious society ? hhhmmmm..

 MONEY
o we need to compete in the global economy
o E.g.  biological sciences & pharmaceutical industry – interests in virus control and disease prevention (SARS, Ebola virus)
o ‘creative destruction’ & ‘planned obsolescence’ – both give room for innovation to make economic gains

 REPUTATION
o our innovation attracts innovators & adds to Sg’s character and vibe
o E.g. Singapore Fashion Week – street runway
o E.g. architecture – Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands Hotel
 VALUES
o innovation = ideas + resourcefulness + fearlessness + persistence  we need to encourage all these  all are important for our survival – as individuals & as a society
o also to build sense of pride for being able to innovate and boost esteem as opposed to feeling culturally inferior (especially to the West)

 OPPOSING VIEW : Innovation promotes change in the environment and tradition  loss of nature & authentic culture
o Counter : Innovation in Sg has been used to promote and reinforce culture and tradition
o Counter : Likewise, innovation can be used for the preservation of the environment or the preservation or historical sites and artefacts

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