The new year is here and so begins work on my new project. 2015 ended with many lessons on pain, illness and boundaries and with a self-inflicted work sabbatical. Though I’ve been itching to start on the new project for a number of months now, I have not had the clarity of mind to do so.
This week, it begins.
The Knowledge Economy (working title) is a non-fiction book, bringing together the two years’ worth of writing I have done as a journalist covering the innovation problems in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector – and its potential for economic gain. Given Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s recent enthusiasm for the topic I feel it is time to dig deep into the topic and bring discourse to the issue in the hope that Australia can salvage its struggling STEM sector and also that the Government’s efforts are not misguided.
I will be analysing the economics, politics and social applications of STEM innovation in both research terms and business applications. If you are a pure researcher or a hybrid applied researcher; an incubator or a science communicator; are a crowdfunder or are living grant to grant, then get in touch: I’d love to hear what you have to say.