Looking forward ... IMHO the greatest impediment to success isn’t any external factor(s) but whether Ottawa (Holistic city and all of the stakeholders) has the will to collaborate and strength of character to succeed. Ottawa is a political city and this is evident in many aspects of local culture from the significant civil service presence complete with all its bureaucratic cultural overtones, the snail’s pace of almost any major project in the city and the result is the city of comfortable brown shoes. Comfort and conformity are the enemies of disruptive innovation. Fortunately disruption this way comes (The winds of change, The gathering storm) and 2012 may be the year for Ottawa to show its true character.
I’ll end the post with one of my favourite quotes by Thomas Kuhn: “The crises of our time, it becomes increasingly clear, are the necessary impetus for the revolution now under way. And once we understand nature's transformative powers, we see that it is our powerful ally, not a force to feared our subdued.”
- Ian Graham