4Front Atlantic Conference

2013 is the year of how

Since the inaugural 4Front Conference, we’ve been building a plan to illuminate the path forward. A plan to ensure that Atlantic Canada is ready to succeed in the new and evolving global economy.

At the 4Front of Change: An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada is based on feedback from 4Front’s five working groups formed in 2012, and focuses on the five key areas below.

Read the full Action Plan, and comment on the five focus areas to join the conversation on how we’ll get there, together.

  • Georgina Bassett

    I would be interested to know the actual number of start ups regionally, those considering starting a business and those in the first year of their new business.

    A lot of funding, programs and services are available federally however I think it’s this notion of government financing that detracts Atlantic Canadian businesses from seeking VC funding.

    Nova Scotia had a great community building program which PEI recently adopted (Community Economic Development Business) which encourages local investment in local businesses.

    This program needs to be consolidated and promoted regionally!

  • Peggy Brown

    I like your report. Nicely laid out. I want to expand on one topic: talent. Why not think bigger regarding talent and plan to become the region best known for producing the most number of innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers and businesspeople in the world?

    This is completely doable. If we reviewed our education system and rather than teach to the common denominator, we fostered students who have a unique outside the box view of the world, we would be halfway there.

    While these unique learners commonly have difficulty with traditional learning they usually are exceptionally intelligent with high IQs. This cohort of student is a poorly managed, untapped and potent resource that could fuel innovation in our region. We know this because there have been many papers written on the topic and because we have live examples, from Charles Schwab, Albert Einstein to Leonardo Da Vinci. The process would be quite simple as the research has already figured out how we can identify and teach these unique minds so they can shine rather than become dulled within our current one-dimensional school system.

    If we really want to build a legacy for our region, let’s build it by making sure all our children are given the opportunity to foster and grow into a powerful, educated original thinking workforce! Business could have a significant hand in this. I would be happy to discuss further with regard to how to proceed and how to evaluate.

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