Hub World Ontario: Wynning By Adding Value by Craig Carter Edwards – February 13, 2013

Hub World Ontario: Wynning By Adding Value by Craig Carter Edwards – February 13, 2013

Kathleen_WynneCFN – The premier said reviving Ontario’s economy will be a major priority for the government, as the province works to become “a hub of innovation, industry and investment.”

My son is a big fan of WII Lego video games. Like many of today’s video games, these ones have multiple levels you can play accessed through a “hub world”. Essentially a value-added menu, hub worlds have labeled doors that let you look at the available levels in a map-like format, maximizing your opportunity to view your opportunities and determine what option best suits your mood.

 

Over the evolution of games, these hub worlds have grown in complexity to the point where they’ve become playscapes in and of themselves; you can try different exercises to hone your skills prior to trying a level, connect pieces you’ve discovered out in the field to create new opportunities and harness new skills and abilities. None of these pieces are essential to the game play, but they DO enhance the experience, better prepare players for what they’ll find beyond the hub and open up new opportunities.

 

Video games aren’t the only field where centralized coordination and value-add are manifesting themselves. News aggregates like Ontario News Watch and National News Watch do the same thing, essentially creating a visually-communicated menu of top stories and adding value with some original content of their own. In fields like fundraising, there are innovative companies like The Funding Portal; for commercial and social innovation, you have places like MaRS or the Centre For Social Innovation.

 

Coincidentally or not, there’s another trend of players returning to a hub-world for added support or to gain added value; as the cost of living soars and employment opportunities shrink, there are many young (and not-so-young) adults returning to their parents’ home for sustainable living or returning to school for additional training. We don’t think of homes or schools as hubs or resting places, but increasingly that’s an added function they serve.

 

Government Services are heading in the same direction; both in terms of physical space usage and online access, the move is towards user-friendly service aggregates designed for repetitive use. Instead of going to hospitals when an illness has happened, we have Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres and online Occupational Mental Health Tools that provide proactive support and training, reducing the likelihood of traumatic or accumulated stresses out in the field. I’d argue that the whole point of government is to serve as a social nervous system, efficiently coordinating human and physical assets to result in the realization of our individual and aggregate maximum potential.

 

There’s no reason that Ontario can’t expand its role as a hub and become a centralized access point for innovation, industry, investment and human potential for the global village. There’s unquestionably demand for someone to play the role of stone in the soup – if we can work in a collaborative fashion and look at our opportunities not as a path, but a map, we can be hub world for the rest of the world to play in. When it’s clear we’re having fun doing so, the rest of the world will want to join our party.

 

The same thing applies to how we provide services to Ontarians – if we can move passed a silo-based model towards something more systems-oriented, we can provide more efficient services and reduce duplcation, gaps and overlaps at the same time. We also need to rethink how we view educational institutions – instead of nests we’re meant to leave, schools should be seen as education hubs we’re comfortable going back to for training top-ups. The increasing availability of online education fits that purpose nicely.

 

It’s all within our reach – we just need to move beyond thinking what’s bare-bones necessary and start thinking about how we can add value both internally and externally.

 

Fortunately, I believe we have the right leadership to make that happen.

 

Craig Carter Edwards

Born and raised in Cornwall, Craig has lived in or travelled to nearly 30 countries and currently resides in North York with his wife and son.  A political veteran, Craig brings a wealth of government, private and not-for-profit sectors experience to his current role as strategy consultant for the social entrepreneurship sector.

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Wow!
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This guy keeps talking but no one is listening to his nonsensical tales of Dungeons and Dragons or whatever allegory he is attempting to get across. Rubbish socio-babble. I think I just invented a word, you can use it. Son.

Reg Coffey
Member

“The increasing availability of online education fits that purpose nicely.”……

I see you agree that Cornwall doesn’t need a bricks and mortar university.

Craig Carter-Edwards
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Oh, come on, Wowsers… Surely you know about trolls! :o)

Try a positive comment one of these days. You might even enjoy the feeling.

Eric
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Yes, lets make conditions right for investment towards jobs. Have Ms Wynn come up with a path and business case and take it to the voters this spring.

Lower government tax, less red tape, and reduced hydro costs would be a good start.

Craig Carter-Edwards
Guest

Eric, I know you’ll be happy that Premier Wynn(e) is proactively reaching out to stakeholders and the Opposition Parties to collaborate on solutions. When everyone works together, we can keep Ontario Working!

highlander
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Oh Craig Carter-Edwards I hear the liberal party pulling their strings.You better follow party favour.
SAD NOBODY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES,BUT WELCOME TO
CANADIAN POLITICS.

Craig Carter-Edwards
Guest

Highlander – that makes zero sense, like a message point that doesn’t answer a direct question. That’s so yesterday’s politics!

Eric
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I will be somewhat happy if the reaching out does not include our purses, wallets, arms or legs. LOL
Would still like to see an election though, Ontario needs to see what she offers.

Craig Carter-Edwards
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Elections are expensive and, last I checked, fiscal restraint was an issue these days. In a minority parliament, such as we have now, everyone has a chance to shape policy and if common ground (which should be the goal) can’t be found, THEN Ontario goes to the polls. For those who wish to lead and accomplish collaborative solutions, we’ve got the best possible configuration now. Of course, not everyone is good at collaboration and some might try to force an expensive election in an attempt to gain power. I don’t think Ontarians would look favourably on a my-way-or-the-highway approach. But… Read more »
Ed
Member

Hudak will be relegated to the sidelines, where he will snarl and smirk and froth at the mouth. Ultimately, it will be Andrea Horwath who decides when or if the Libs will be defeated by a vote of confidence. I think Wynne and Horwath might find enough common ground to keep this government alive for a while. It’s called compromise and cooperation… Concepts that are completely foreign to Hudak.

Eric
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I still wonder about math skills within the government when 222 really means 211. http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/en/flsa-agencies.html So has collaboration ever reduced taxpayer costs? I have no issue with anyone being elected to a role by a majority of citizens. I would be concerned if she was openly Muslim and followed Sharia Law as that is not wanted in Canada. Yes I favour a melting pot over multiculturalism, and I do hope of course, Whnne will provide more good than bad. Elections are a price we pay for democracy and most of that money goes back to renting polling stations or paying… Read more »
Craig C-E
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Eric, if I understood you correctly, you’re suggesting that elections are good for the economy because they create jobs and fuel the economy. Does that apply to government, in your view, or just elections?

Intransigent is a big word – surprised you didn’t mention Rob Ford, Canada’s expert on yielding to public opinion.

Power is not an end, it’s a means. Wynne (take your time spelling it, you’ll get it right eventually) has a track record of putting accomplishment first – which has certainly helped her impressive track record of electoral success.

Eric
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I do prefer that a government has conditions in place to allow private companies to start, grow and prosper. Taking tax out of government to pay for an election is not creating good jobs, only giving some tax money back. In this case, I believe we need all of Ontario’s voters to see an agenda and vote in a Premier of choice, before new and wonderful directions are taken. Are we in the area of a million Ontario government employees in our province of 13 million? I had trouble spelling McGuinty as well, seems to have come out mcguilty. I… Read more »
Eric
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“expert on yielding to public opinion” I guess it is much better to ignore majority voters then? That is how we are going to maximum frenchification.

David Oldham
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Craig can all this sunshine continue to be pumped in while we are under bankruptcy protection? Over 100 BILLION dollars added to the debt by the Liberals, approximately 92 BILLION dollars spent servicing the debt over the last 8 years or so and future costs about to go clear through the roof assisted by the provinces downgrading of its credit capabilities which will result in higher borrowing costs even before the interest rates begin to rise. Businesses and industries chased out of the province because of an energy policy that was totally blinded to the reality that it is not… Read more »
Craig C-E
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Eric – name puns! Always fun, though not overly productive. Do you sell them? I’ve got zero interest in trying to portray anybody as stupid, as the term really doesn’t describe anything practical. Besides, I’m just as clueless as anyone else on scores of issues and there are unquestionably fields I think I know well but really don’t. My goal is always to learn more and think about things in new ways, encouraging others to do the same. It’s the conversation that teaches; teachers are just conduits. What sort of private companies do you think are creating value in today’s… Read more »
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