Anne Marie Moro,
“‘The illiterate of the 21st century
will not be those who cannot
read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn,
—Alvin Toffler, Writer & Futurist
The average time a person spends at a job is about four and a half years. Apparently, the life span of a learned domain skill, like a computer language, is about five years. That’s a lot of mind shifts for one lifetime, isn’t it? How are we coping? For most of us, it means continually learning and adapting because change is the one constant that never changes, right? Just when I think I’ve understood something, something else comes along to shift things around once again. I’m starting to feel like responding to change is my full time job!
As a result, I don’t need to look far to find a good example to share with you. I had a big shift happen to me while we were preparing this issue. When the staff here at the magazine set the ‘Technology and Innovation’ theme for October, I had no idea what that theme would actually looked like for our community. In fact, I thought it was going to be difficult to identify enough innovations to showcase. I was gobsmacked at how ill-informed I was.
I think you’ll be surprised, too!
Let’s begin with our local fire departments. You’ll discover this month that fire fighters don’t just sit around polishing fire trucks, waiting for alarms to sound. Behind the scenes, our three West Shore fire departments have been working diligently to implement plans to share incredible resources and technologies to keep us all safe in the event of a big wildfire.
And if you thought you knew how students are being trained for the workforce these days, then you haven’t read our article about the new, world-class applied research and innovation facility on the Camosun College Campus. Students from all different disciplines, using state-of-the art technologies, are working together with local companies to design and manufacture market-ready innovations.
Looks like the future is already here in our dynamic community on Vancouver Island. And there’s lots more innovation percolating just around the corner that I want to tell you about. Stay tuned. I’m not done with this topic!