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    Published 24 February 2014 Referencing Hub media
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    This engaging video conveys key aspects of innovation for students. It explores the meaning and the process of innovation, why it’s important for New Zealand and how skills and attitudes needed for an innovative society can be fostered from a young age.

    Transcript

    MEREMAIHI
    Innovation. It’s a word that we hear a lot today. What’s it all about?

    SOL
    Innovation can be hard to explain as it’s used by a lot of people to describe a lot of different things.

    HOLLY
    Is innovation only about big changes – or could it be about small steps?

    MEREMAIHI
    Is it just about new ideas – or can it be about improved ideas?

    SOL
    Is it about different ways of doing things – or is it only about new products?

    HOLLY
    So do different innovations have anything in common?

    MEREMAIHI
    All innovation involves change.

    SOL
    It’s about creating value for people by solving a problem or meeting a need.

    HOLLY
    Through coming up with new ideas or new ways of doing things.

    MEREMAIHI
    Or by making improvements to something that already exists.

    HOLLY
    Innovation is an activity that begins with an idea.

    It might result in a product that you sell or in a new way of doing something.

    However, all innovation needs to create value for people. Otherwise, it’s not innovation, it’s just an idea.

    SOL
    All innovation involves a process.

    Most innovation involves these steps.

    Coming up with ideas.

    HOLLY
    Choosing and developing the idea.

    MEREMAIHI
    Researching, developing and testing.

    SOL
    Convincing others.

    HOLLY
    Seeing your idea being used or adopted by others    .

    SOL
    This makes it sound easy, but sometimes some steps take longer than you planned or you need to repeat them or even start again.

    HOLLY
    There are lots of different kinds of innovation. Different types of people are innovators too.

    MEREMAIHI
    Each innovation process involves a unique range of people – people with different personalities like leaders, followers, risk-takers, doers, planners.

    Also people with different knowledge and skills, like scientists, engineers, technologists, manufacturers, marketing experts and lawyers.

    SOL
    All these people might not even be in the same place at the same time.

    HOLLY
    So why do we need innovation?

    MEREMAIHI
    To make the most of opportunities to develop new ways of doing things in a changing world.

    SOL
    To solve the problems we face now and in the future to keep New Zealand moving forward.

    HOLLY
    Innovation can benefit all New Zealanders.

    EDUCATOR
    Best of all, the skills, attitudes and values needed for an innovative society can be fostered from a young age through formal and informal learning opportunities.

    Creating an innovative society starts in the classroom.

    Creating innovators can start here!

    Acknowledgements
    Meremaihi Jackson
    Sol Maxwell
    Holly Clout
    Moana Ete

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    Hutt Intermediate School

    Studio furniture supplied by FURNWARE LTD

    Additional footage from ‘Created Here’ courtesy of NZTE

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