Innovation has been dubbed the “engine of growth and development” globally and for many countries that are working to remain competitive, improving innovation and technology is viewed as a way to positively assess their progress and impact.
To achieve sustainable economic growth, however, technological innovation needs to progress at a reasonable and recognisable pace.
The Play Your Part Innovator of the Year Award 2021 aims to recognise individuals and organisations that have used innovative means to positively impact the economy of South Africa. These innovations must reflect significant achievements and provide quality examples of sustainable application.
The award will be presented to exceptional thinkers who have helped the country improve its service to its citizens through innovative programmes, partnerships, policies, and strategies.
“Creativity and innovation are very important in trying to change perspectives and trying to change the social circumstances of people. We know that people who are innovative find solutions because they are creative, and creative thinking leads to lateral thinking. Lateral thinking is multi-layered, complex, and enjoyable. This kind of thinking increases the chance for creatives to find solutions for challenges in the community.” says writer, producer and Play Your Part Awards judge, Firdoze Bulbulia.
If you know of an innovation or innovator that has changed the lives of the people in your organisation or community, you can nominate them or enter the Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards Innovator of the Year category today.
For more information on how to get involved you can visit the Brand South Africa website now: www.brandsouthafrica.com
1) Stadler, Manfred (2012): Engines of growth: Education and innovation, University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance, No. 40, University of Tübingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Tübingen, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-62880
About Play Your Part
Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.
Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.