Logie Baird, Alexander Fleming, James Watt and others shaped the modern world. Scotland can do this again. The image of Scotland as a land of innovation is shared and validated by international observers. We must now live up to that.
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, January 2012
The Heroes Centre deliberately sets out to create an environment of inspiration and creative freedom – we will make IT ‘sexy’ not stale. The Centre will open our eyes to technology particularly content creation as an enabler. We will nurture and encourage people to feel empowered, to realise that they have the capability and the tools readily available to them to change the world..that they can be John Logie Baird.
We’ll use the Heroes of our past to create the architects of our future.
This must change.
We must change the way we encourage people to interact with the net and we must embrace creativity. We are at the start of the second industrial revolution but it’s not on land – its’ in the cloud.
In addition to the unique learning space, the Heroes Center will provide the community within Helensburgh with a facility that can become a social hub. Currently there is no natural safe meeting place, out of School hours, for the town’s young people and as a consequence there is a high degree of social disengagement from the community within the teen age groups particularly. The Centre will also provide a much needed economic boost to the area and will create new skilled employment opportunities.
But perhaps most importantly of all, the Heroes Centre will provide a perfect platform for a community to embrace and celebrate inspirational locals.
Inspirational people add value to the whole community and they serve beyond individual interests to contribute to the greater public good and community prosperity.