This talk was given to the South Africa–Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT (SAFIPA) conference held at the CSIR 19-20 October 2011. Although it was 4 years ago, it has a lot of information that relates to some of the opportunities for creating an innovation-focused institution that pays students a salary, which I described in my blog post yesterday.
While the focus here is on ICT, the same approach could be used for anything, including film making, radio production, creative writing, nursing, social work, biotechnology, organic chemistry, philosophy, etc. Sadly, not much if anything has changed. The opportunity is still there, like a ripe fruit ready to burst. The question is, will it be picked, or will it lie rotting on the soil of missed opportunities.