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Government and Innovation: An Oxymoron?

Government and Innovation: An Oxymoron? During the presidential state of the union address (United States), President Obama emphasized the point that a society has two options in a difficult world. The first option (and I paraphrase) is to contract into itself, move to protectionism with abandonment of social programs and safety nets. The second is to grow out of difficulty. Literally to take a risk and invest when times are difficult so that one might “grow” out of adversity. A concept he called “Winning the Future”. Inspired by this concept, the editors of the journal solicited a call for papers specifically aimed at the question of how the government can create an innovative society. How can a government create the educational system, the research and development opportunities or even the cultural attitude that allows its citizens to become innovative? What struck me immediately are the innovations of the past. The space program, wars, depressions and the tremendous innovation that has risen from adversity. Fire for light and cooking (not to mention scaring off anmimals), weapons for hunting and protecting ones self, fossil fuels for shortening the distance from one place to another, radio and telegraph to communicate in peace and in war, and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation Science Emerald Publishing

Government and Innovation: An Oxymoron?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1757-2223
DOI
10.1260/1757-2223.3.3.i
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Abstract

During the presidential state of the union address (United States), President Obama emphasized the point that a society has two options in a difficult world. The first option (and I paraphrase) is to contract into itself, move to protectionism with abandonment of social programs and safety nets. The second is to grow out of difficulty. Literally to take a risk and invest when times are difficult so that one might “grow” out of adversity. A concept he called “Winning the Future”. Inspired by this concept, the editors of the journal solicited a call for papers specifically aimed at the question of how the government can create an innovative society. How can a government create the educational system, the research and development opportunities or even the cultural attitude that allows its citizens to become innovative? What struck me immediately are the innovations of the past. The space program, wars, depressions and the tremendous innovation that has risen from adversity. Fire for light and cooking (not to mention scaring off anmimals), weapons for hunting and protecting ones self, fossil fuels for shortening the distance from one place to another, radio and telegraph to communicate in peace and in war, and the

Journal

International Journal of Innovation ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2011

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