Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Charity Isn't Always Sweet

Caroline Baillie was the keynote speaker during the Olympus Innovation Awards Ceremony at the 11th Annual NCIIA meeting.

During the lecture, Baillie discussed the importance of educating engineering students about innovation tempered with the concept of social responsibility.

She stated, "Charity generally keeps things the same. Justice means we actually want things to be changed so that there's more equity and when we follow each of those paths, we do different things." While engineering students can be trained to develop new products that could help consumers in developing countries, there also must be economic models in place that drive home the point to these same consumers that this is not a hand-out, but rather their personal investment.

Listen to the above quote from Baillie's lecture in eClips.

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