Government

The United States Needs More Innovation

I’ve just come across the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) survey from 2008 on Business R&D and Innovation. This was a study conducted by the NSF across a wide swath of US firms of all sizes and industries. The results should scare you. I’m surprised they haven’t been front page news. The results suggest that about 1 in 5 manufacturers indicate ...

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Chile – The Brand

Three months ago if you would have asked me to cite the first three things that come to mind about Chile, I would have said something like South America, interesting terrain, and a fearful dictator named Pinochet. Today ask me to cite the first three things that come to mind about Chile and I’ll say caring people, capable leadership and ...

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Role of Government in Innovation

UK Department of Innovation by Roy Luebke During some recent research I came across some very interesting innovation developments occurring in England. The British government has established innovation as a central economic focus and has created organizations to serve as catalysts or as a network connector between investment sources, education, industry and public departments to stimulate advances in science, technology, ...

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Invest in Girls and Transform the World

An adolescent girl stands at the threshold of adulthood. In that moment, much is decided. If she stays in school, remains healthy and gains real skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she’ll invest back into her family. But if she follows the path laid down by poverty, she’ll leave school and ...

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What Can Innovators Learn From Obama?

Or at least his presidential campaign by Jeffrey Phillips Whether you like the Obama administration or not, one thing you have to give them credit for: during their campaign they sought out and identified people who were ready, willing and eager to help. In fact, many of the people who drove the success of Obama’s presidential race weren’t the establishment ...

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Prescription Produce is a Great Idea

Talk about some great rethinking in the world of health care. . . $14.1 billion is the current annual cost of child obesity in the US in terms of direct costs according to this article by Natasha Singer. The new program that is aimed at reducing childhood obesity is really clever and I think that it will succeed on many ...

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Advantages of Leveraging the Government as an Open Innovation Partner

The need to innovate faster and more efficiently to maintain a competitive edge, we’ve seen large and small companies implement an Open Innovation model. For many, this initiative to look beyond their own four walls for ideas and complimentary technology is producing great benefits. However, many companies aren’t aware of or overlook the government as an Open Innovation partner, to ...

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Accelerating Innovation in Brazil

As a Dutch innovation consultant based in Brazil, I see the growing interest from outside for this country, especially when in it comes to the business opportunities in a fast growing economy. At the same time, Brazil is making a fast leap forward in another field: that of innovation. Brazil has been known as commodity exporting country, with iron ore, ...

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Teetering on the Edge of Innovation

According to NYTimes.com, “the competitive edge of the United States economy has eroded sharply over the last decade …” According to a number of recent studies about global innovation and competitiveness, this appears to be true. While great for the rest of the world, the United States desperately needs to differentiate and seek relevance in the global arena. “The United ...

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