It would be a huge benefit to us individually, to businesses and public services if we could repeatedly carry out low cost, low risk, fast innovation and improvement of products, services and processes. We would get better products and services and be able to drive down their costs, whilst increasing wages. Smaller, poorly resourced businesses could take on richer, entrenched competitors and win. Or enter export markets. Public sector services and functions could get better, whilst their costs to us, the Taxpayers, fall. But is there really such a thing as inherently low cost, low risk, fast innovation or is it just luck?
There is a substantial body of evidence that commonality exists between many successful low cost innovations. In turn this can be incorporated into a simple, versatile methodology (or sequence of activities), to very easily and quickly teach a wide cross section of people, enabling them to apply the principles routinely in their normal work in public or private sectors, and to collaborate or work together better. One rather attractive side effect is the improvement of their working conditions. Also, there is evidence that the same methodology could work in the political sphere as well improving policy making and implementation, setting goals for innovation based results and monitoring performance. So where is our ruling Establishment in all of this?
Alas, based on personal experience, it is like talking to a brick wall; absolutely no interest. And worse, they are happy to use Taxpayers’ money to help foreign competitors acquire this expertise. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, should have been ‘over the moon’, especially the individuals with ‘Innovation’ in their job titles, but no! So what about Innovate UK (previously the Innovation Strategy Board)? No reply! Obviously they have more important things to do than actually help anyone acquire useful innovation skills. And so it goes on, public servants, who are not interested, but have generous allocations of Taxpayers money to spend. Incidentally, the reaction in America was the complete opposite; immediate interest, fast response and a Webinar presentation to who knows how many people at different locations across the States (and for that matter the World).
There are a few useful lessons here. Most obviously that the existing ruling and political Establishment lack the motivation, insights and competence to lead this country into being a world leading powerhouse of practical invention and innovation, which improves the quality of life for everyone. If they actually tried, they’d move slowly in a bureaucratic direction, wasting much Taxpayers’ money picking ‘winners’. But there is something more subtle here as well, UKIP can do it!! And do it whilst protecting and enhancing our best of Britishness, our achievements, heritage, culture and uniqueness; this is all part of our ‘national intelligence’ which enriches our lives and helps us to be more innovative. Successful innovation needs them because, as stated in the Book of Ecclesiastes, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’, and re-iterated by Peter Drucker, the great management guru, based on his experience of working with company executives.
UKIP is already highly innovative, courageously defying political orthodoxy time after time, because, this is the right thing to do and would achieve better results serving the common good. Many policies actually fit in well with what is needed to facilitate innovation. Also, UKIP has the right ethos to facilitate low cost, low risk, fast innovations and improvements being a grassroots focused organisation that values and empowers people, rather than a top down tyranny supporting crony corporatism for the privileged few and EU. Put simply, if you add value, and I add value, and we respect each other, together we can add more value (or do a better job – two heads are always better than one). So UKIP doesn’t just offer innovative policies, but perhaps more importantly, a different style of government – of the people, by the people, for the people. And UKIP offers a different relationship between government and empowered people.
What UKIP is missing is the conviction that it can be world leading, leading the best country on the planet, and the appropriate innovation methodology or better still, methodologies to help make it happen; but I know where to find an amazing world leading one where you can start in seconds and help build an exciting future for everyone.