Join the i-CANADA Conversation on LinkedIn: Communities@Peace
September 28, 2011

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>Bruce MatichukI really like this concept.

I was reading an article about a talk given by Yuri Milner, a billionaire investor in Russia. He was talking about how the world is changing rapidly due to internet technology and stated that successful internet companies earn as much as $1m in revenue per employee. He gave facebook as a specific example and stated that they have 1m customers for every engineer.

As the pace of technology accelerates, traditional business and business models are affected to such a degree that the majority of wealth in the world will migrate to technology oriented societies. We must convert our current wealthy status into a strong technology based economy in order to remain competitive in the future.

A summary of Milner's talk is here:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/44630371/COLUMN_The_advent_of_the_global_brain_Chrystia_Freeland


>Elisabeth Vanderveldt
Bruce's commentary is bang on. We are far too complacent in our approach and in order to shake things up we need to invigorate the tech community, starting with our youth. Sadly we are already far far behind many developing countries and our neighbours to the south. I have seen that capitalzing on this demographic is our best bet. I dare anyone to check out how competitions like the Microsoft Imagine Cup, which is very poorly attended and supported by Canadian universities and more importantly the technology community, is showcasing amazing technology, by students, adressing pressing global problems. I am putting out this challenge today to CATA, the technology media and other associations to start getting "with IT" and supporting these events. You want innovation? Its right inside the best universities and high schools, right in this country. Lets stop talking and start moving.

>John ReidThanks for your thoughtful comments Elisabeth. We agree with all of your points which is why we are simply getting on with it.

It is also opportune to inform the community of a new Communities@Peace initiative which we have been working on for the past six months. Its focus in on Youth; we have engaged thought leaders from the Bronfman Foundation, Red Cross, YMCA, among others to shape the mandate. For more background, please see:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=3890931

You cannot have technology adoption without addressing ethical values for the community. i-CANADA will include Communities@Peace with a focus on Youth. We hope to formally launch Communities@Peace in a few months.

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