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design for 3M and now with PepsiCo)
when he was in Australia. He talked
about how 3M had conceived product
design as embracing the consumer
experience. This begins with the
idea of buying the product, then the
purchase, bringing the product home
and unwrapping it, using it, storing it
and dismissing it. The experience of
a product also includes the space the
product inhabits, creates or commands
and how we interact with that space.
An example is how we experience the
interior of a car.
This megatrend has implications for the
Australian retail sector and government
delivery of human services. It is why
CSIRO is working with Centrelink. It
means linking design thinking with
the nuts and bolts of manufacturing,
and it means more design thinking in
our schools and universities. It also
has implications for how Australia
goes about offering the best education
experience to our visiting students.
Connect and collaborate
These megatrends indicate that we
in Australia must change the way we
invest and the way we work. We face
tougher competition than ever before in
all spheres. We cannot compete globally
on sheer size of investment. We must
therefore look to leapfrog our innovation
system into new territory.
I would suggest the most important and
overwhelming priority for Australia's
innovation system is to build trust,
collaboration and connectivity. We
must bring together the very best that
Australia has to offer -- in our research
institutions, universities, in industry
and, yes, in our schools -- with the
very best in the world by connecting
nationally and globally.
It is vital that we innovate, not just at
every step in our own processes, but
in how we work together and in how
we provide the best experience for
students and the best spaces to live
and work. We can give our children
and grandchildren a better life, but
we will only do this by building better
collaborations, improved connections
and deeper trust.
Dr Megan Clark has been Chief Executive of
CSIRO since January 2009. CSIRO is Australia's
national science agency and one of the top 10
applied research organisations in the world.
After graduating from the University of Western
Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Honours)
degree in geology, Dr Clark began her career
as a mine geologist. After filling several key
roles with Western Mining Corporation, she
became Vice President Technology with BHP
Billiton. She is a Principal of the Global Research
Alliance, a member of the Prime Minister's
Science, Engineering and Innovation Council,
the Manufacturing Leaders Group, National
Precincts Board and Council on Strategy
and Innovation, and Chair of the Mining for
Development Advisory Board for AusAid. She
is also a Commissioner on the International
Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and
Climate Change, the World Economic Forum's
Committee for Measuring Sustainability, a Fellow
of the Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the
Institute of Company Directors.
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