"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
It wasn’t that long ago that technological innovation was mostly associated with the computer industry. A steady stream of electronic devices and digital services—that improve so quickly, they become obsolete in a few years—continue to impact our lives in ways we never imagined a few decades ago.
Today, with climate change ever-present, the need for fundamental new discoveries across a network of diverse industries has never been greater. Innovation today is less about getting a competitive silo advantage and more about experimenting and researching possibilities in collaboration with others; finding ways to reimagine aspects of our economy so we can continue to prosper with the lowest possible environmental impact. The shift underway will be explosive; unlike anything we’ve experienced since electricity and the internal combustion engine took center stage early in the 20th century.
In this issue, we will be introducing you to a few people in our region who are part of that transition into a healthy, more sustainable future:
• Agriculture – B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham shares the current status of program initiatives her department and other ministries are designing to support our farmers who are working hard to develop new techniques and technologies to adapt to changing weather. [see Rethinking the World of FOOD]
• Clean Energy Solutions – Colyn Strong [Shift Energy Group] explains how clean energy options, like solar, are becoming more economically viable as an alternative energy solution. Emerging technologies are improving energy storage and efficiencies—even in low light conditions. [see Making the Shift to Clean Energy Solutions]
• Education – In this day and age, schools need to do more than educate kids. Read how Sooke School District #62, in partnership with Island Health, is working to ensure the social and emotional well being of students with its innovative ‘Wellness Centre’ concept. [see Educating for the FUTURE]