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Under pressure, young entrepreneurs would tend to forget to take into account the effects of their ambitions on their surroundings. Just dance/Shutterstock

Start-up nation’: a symptom, but of what?

The enthusiasm for business creation is not without negative consequences, especially for the many who fail. However, the "all entrepreneurs" discourse remains predominant.
Learning in community is linked to better academic performance and gains in skill, competence and knowledge as well as overall satisfaction with university experience. Pictured here, a regular discussion and learning event at Concordia University.

Why universities need homerooms

Undergraduate students need a learning community that meets throughout their degrees for workshops and community-building. Such a post-secondary ‘homeroom’ could multiply positive connections.
Quantum physics can offer astonishing insights into the different modalities of innovation in large companies and startups. Zita/Shutterstock

Innovation decoherence

The study of innovation in large companies and start-ups would benefit from being inspired by physics, which mobilizes different sets of laws for large masses and particles.
Disruption does not always drive the most monumental or ingenious innovation. The stress of running from wolves is hardly conducive to good planning. Shutterstock

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: Disruption is overrated in terms of innovation

Necessity and desperation are portrayed as the prime motivators of innovative behaviour, but in reality, stability and holistic incentives go a long way to freeing up creative energy.
A street art mural representing the innovative scientist Marie Curie, by French graffiti mural artist C215 (Christian Guemy) in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on 24 Dec 2015. (Shutterstock)

True ‘innovation’ generates ideas, not wealth

To become a successful innovator, follow Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi and today's female social entrepreneurs -- focus on ideas and social value, not money.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C- bottom) poses with participants of the “Tech for Planet” event in Paris, on December 12, 2017, ahead of the One Planet Summit. Philippe Wojazer/AFP

France, the land of entrepreneurs…

In a recent Twitter post, French president Macron reminded the world that the word "entrepreneur" is in fact French.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Heinrich Klaffs

Plagiarists or innovators? The Led Zeppelin paradox endures

How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?

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