Government

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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Innovation is The Art of the Impossible

You’ve perhaps heard the saying that politics is the art of the possible. Otto von Bismarck said that over a hundred and thirty years ago. He was the chancellor of the German nation. You’d think that a guy with that much power would have been able to push almost anything through, no matter how harebrained. But he realized and accepted ...

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Innovation Hubs in the United States

Well it’s about time! The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced in May that it’s launching three Energy Innovation Hubs, designed to “help advance highly promising areas of energy science and engineering from the early stage of research to the point where the technology can be handed off to the private sector.” These hubs not only demonstrate the nation’s ...

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Can Government Regulation Spur Innovation?

Sure, and pigs can fly too by Rocco Tarasi President Obama has signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Besides my general opinion on the size and role of government(*), I wasn’t happy about the initial drafts of the law due to its impact on a start-up companies’ ability to raise angel funding. Under the ...

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Innovation, Invention and Entrepreneurs

After all I read on the blogs and on Twitter, and all the new innovation programs and initiatives in state and local governments, I feel the need to revisit the definitions of these key words. While innovation, invention and entrepreneurs are important and somewhat interconnected, they aren’t synonyms and they have different needs, intents and purposes. Whether accidently or on ...

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School is Out

by Kevin Roberts It sometimes feels like I’ve run the full gamut of school-related experiences – from being kicked out of school at 17, to being invited back as a Governor. I frequently speak to students at universities around the world, but having an eternally curious granddaughter like Stella in my life has piqued my interest in the way primary ...

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