We started this year with the theme of courage because we wanted to motivate our readers to persevere; and also to have the audacity to make difficult decisions and take (calculated) risks during this trying economic period.
Of course we recognise that having courage alone is not enough, which is why we decided to follow up with “innovation” as the theme for this quarter. History has shown that when the going gets tough, this is often the time when breakthrough ideas and innovation happens.
In this issue, we tap into the best minds locally and abroad to give us a comprehensive understanding of what innovation really is about and what it can be. Guy Kawasaki who is featured on our cover is a world renowned author on innovation, marketing and social media and he reminds us that while searching for breakthrough ideas, what is also crucial is setting up sound fundamentals and frameworks and having the patience to wait for maybe up to 15 years in order for those ideas to bear fruit.
Faeez Fadhlillah from Malaysia who was selected for Forbes “30 under 30 Asia” shows us just how lucrative the world’s Halal Tourism market can be, and explains how Brunei can tap into this USD145 billion market. In Brunei, we found out why innovation is the key to Wing It’s startup success story – the company was able to find its “blue ocean” in a seemingly saturated market place.
If you were to ask me what I learned about innovation from putting together this issue, I would say that it is the never ending quest to find better ways of doing things; the open-mindedness to look at the same situation through different types of lenses; the refusal to admit defeat; and most importantly, the determination to execute an idea through collaboration.
The good news is, you do not need to be the most innovative person in the room to make innovation happen!