The XXI Century Strategic Resource: Innovative Culture
An “Innovative Culture” reflects acceptance to new ideas, willingness and ability to support, as well as implement innovations in all aspects of life. Thus, it is knowledge, ability and the experience of purposeful training, multifaceted application, as well as thorough innovative development in various spheres of human endeavor.
Innovative Culture may help to achieve:
- In the economic sphere – accelerated and effective increase in the application of new technology and inventions;
- In the management sphere – resistance to bureaucratic tendencies;
- In the educational sphere – support to unlock and manifest individual innovative potential;
- In the cultural sphere – optimize the correlation between traditions and innovations, as well as between different cultural types and species.
Only a well-developed Innovative Culture provides a competent innovation policy, based on social responsibility and safety when innovations are implemented for environmental, informational, psychological, social, economic and legal spheres.
First, it is necessary to define the very concept of "innovation". The term "innovation" comes from the Latin “novation”, which means “upgrade” (or “change”), and the prefix "in", as translated from Latin means “in direction”. Thus, the literal translation of “Innovation” is “in the direction of changes”.
There are many definitions of the term “Innovation” in economics, marketing, cultural studies, and other fields of science and knowledge. If we assemble these together, it turns out that innovation provides qualitative increase in the efficiency of processes or products, new idea syntheses, new action models and new value creation. "Innovation" is the result of human intellectual activity, imagination, creative process, discoveries, inventions and rationalization.
Innovative Culture reflects acceptance to new ideas, willingness and ability to support, as well as implement innovations in all aspects of life. The formation of an Innovative Culture is connected first of all with development of creative abilities and human creative potential. At a high level of society’s innovation culture, because of its parts interdependence, change in one component causes a rapid change in the other one. That is why European countries, such as Finland and Germany, have become leaders in its innovation activity and innovation policy.
In Russia, however, we are often confronted with conservative thinking and creative approaches are lacking in resolutions to social, political and economic problems. This is the reason for delayed Innovative Culture development. In these conditions an impulse is needed.
An educational component appears to be a key. But innovation is only such, when it seriously increases the efficiency of the current system. However, innovation activity effectiveness depends on the state of a society’s Innovative Culture, which in turn, impacts greatly on the regional innovation climate, along with political, economic, social and other factors.
What does it means? This means that Innovative Culture, as well as, innovation tolerance and receptivity should be formed in childhood, using new teaching and training methods.
Of course, we should not only mention preschool and primary school education. Innovative Culture, to the utmost degree, also should be studied at graduate and postgraduate levels. It is also necessary to cooperate with those who have already succeeded in this sphere.
Therefore, the development of various international training programs aimed to increase Innovative Culture, seems to be not only useful, but also necessary for swift establishment of a favorable innovative climate and, to accelerate innovation processes in different Russian regions, and on the planet overall.