80 share innovative ideas at TN50 Ideation Lab
KUALA LUMPUR: A Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) Ideation Lab was held yesterday, bringing 80 youths under one roof to present their innovative ideas in charting the nation’s direction.
TN50 unit head Johan Mahmood Merican said over the past two days, many fresh ideas were presented in the lab, ranging from aspects of unity, education, health and technology.
He said the ideation lab, conducted by the Youth and Sports Ministry and Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), was part of the bottomup engagement approach so people would have a sense of belonging and take ownership of the country’s development.
“Their aspirations had translated into interesting and creative ideas. At the end of the day, it is important that we fulfil the aspirations that we collected from the rakyat.
“We even heard presentations that involve a tripartite collaboration — the government, the private sectors and the community. These ideas are presented by students, civil servants, corporate leaders and non-governmental organisations,” he said here yesterday.
Johan, who is also the Economic Planning Unit (Human Capital) deputy director-general, said the government would need to study the ideas to see if they could be included in the report.
He said the bottom-up approach was not merely confined to people voicing out their suggestions, but it also opened up avenues for the community to take charge of their ideas.
“For Malaysia to succeed, it needs all parties to work together in this consultative approach towards forming the TN50.”
MaGIC chief executive officer Ashran Ghazi said most of the ideas heard at the ideation lab could be powered by the community, with the support of Participant Nurhisham Hussein presenting his idea at the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) Ideation Lab in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (Inset) TN50 ambassador Zhariff Affandi speaking at the ideation lab yesterday.
“The ideas were encouraging, it is just a matter of refining the models as oppose to the waitand-see approach.
“Hearing the presentations showed that the participants are good catalyst to translate aspirations into something that can be activated.
“Moving forward, we are looking at how to help refine these ideas. Perhaps, we can connect the dots for engagement and potentiality of execution led by community, and also look for avenues where the government can come in to support.”