As Americans, we need to answer the question of what innovation is for, and what place it holds in our national narrative. No, I envision a concentrated application of our vast resources to innovate on a huge scale for human benefit. Yet a mere three years later, America had a hundred aircraft carriers fully armed with new planes, pilots, tactics, and escort ships, backed by new approaches to logistics, training methods, aircraft plants, shipyards, and women workers. Hmm, over in this corner is the sexy, expeditionary, wealth-generating, cool stuff, while over here is the structured, bureaucratic, legacy stuff. Entrepreneur, July, 1996, Debra Phillips, review of Jamming, p. His vision is not, however, American.
The United States set the pace as the world's leading innovator: from the personal computer to the internet, from Wall Street to Hollywood, from the decoding of the genome to the emergence of Web 2. This curiosity resulted in a book called Jamming, published in 1996 by HarperCollins. Clearly, more was at work here than nice, steady progression. I was a serious classical piano student as a child, but when I heard the jazz greats at the age of 12, the world opened up. It also involved a whirlwind tour of innovation hot spots in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.
In my hunger to find the wellsprings of innovation, I have been an entrepreneur, a film and Broadway producer, psychiatrist, business school professor, consultant, and author. And the Boston Consulting Group, in a study conducted for BusinessWeek, concluded that innovative companies achieved median profit margin growth of 3. Not long ago, Americans could rightfully feel confident in our preeminence in the world economy. And there is an increasing amount of discussion on the innovation potential of our fast-evolving understanding of the brain and consciousness. This inspiring book frames the challenge facing us and offers immensely practical advice on how to regain our place as innovation leaders. In contrast, consider the mature discipline of accounting. Here is a great example we should be learning from.
We know we need a new car because the old one is wearing out. Innovation Nation is vital reading for all those Americans who are troubled by the great challenges the United States faces in the ever-more-competitive economy of our twenty-first-century world. Innovation is not a good subject for you to teach here. Previously, women in a village like Jobra either had no access to capital or they had to pay usurious rates to local loan sharks. I also set out on a worldwide quest—San Francisco to Singapore, Dubai to Denmark—to identify best practices for innovation. In contrast, we are accustomed to dealing with tame problems, ones that are easily defined and have clear boundaries that lend themselves to orderly, linear thinking.
My lifelong interest in jazz led me to think about the connection between improvisation in jazz and the innovation process itself—an itch I could not help but scratch. Neither is experience a guarantee of expertise. How can knowledge of Hollywood production values help create memorable educational experiences? For Singapore, it is competitive specialization—for now in biotech, digital media, and environmental technology—as its vehicle to ride the rising tides of globalization. Neither comprehensive nor specific enough, the plethora of definitions actually masks an underlying lack of consensus. Patient groups, academics, policy think tanks, advocacy groups, and an entire ecosystem of other industry stakeholders also must be considered, because all have a vested interest in the outcome—whether it be economic, political, or social—and anyone can throw a wrench into the works by raising objections in a public forum or by getting legislators involved.
Nevertheless, our response must be equally vigorous—to enlist our resource base and abundant talent in a drive to spur innovation nationally, in order to affirm and revitalize our position of leadership in the twenty-first century. Various pundits have proposed a global priority list of wicked problems, including climate change, environmental degradation, communicable diseases, education, water quality, poverty, population migration, and energy sufficiency. Not long ago, Americans could rightfully feel confident in our preeminence in the world economy. First offering a stunning, troubling portrait of just how serious is the erosion in recent years of U. Foreign recruitment about 75% of 'Biopolis' staff are recruited from abroad is aided by a relaxed attitude on stem-cell research.
What kind of planes, manned and unmanned, would be carried on board? Funding for high-caliber PhD students in these areas is offered if they agree to work in Singapore for at least six years - recipients don't even need to be natives. To hone my own understanding, I sought out and studied an eclectic array of master practitioners—Richard Branson, Lou Gerstner, Leo Castelli, Stephen Schwartzman, and Frank Zappa, among others—absorbing bits and pieces of their lore as I learned more and more about the theory and practice of innovation. I can go on about this book, but let me leave it with this - this is the worst book on innovation that I have read. You know the world has changed when the Chinese politburo—historical bastion of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist thought—puts innovation squarely in the middle of its next five-year plan, as it did in 2006, by setting the goal of building an innovative country, on a rich talent base, to drive economic and social development. We must, though, take serious and concerted action fast. But incumbents have a tendency to get complacent.
It was conceived not as a policy tome or an academic treatise, but as a conversation with my fellow citizens, a way to share what I have learned from an unusual set of professional and life experiences. President Bush has put forward an American Competitiveness Initiative. Christensen made a vital distinction between innovation that simply improves what is and innovation that defines what could be. As a nation, we deserve it. I read it more for the ideas that I can apply to my personal and professional life, rather than as the call to innovation arms it's supposed to be.
So we comparison shop, analyze the variables involved, narrow our choices, and make a decision. All the same, I have spent much of my life turning my polymath aspirations into a career that in some ways approaches nexialism. And the obvious first step is simply to acknowledge the challenges we face at a national level. First offering a stunning, troubling portrait of just how serious is the erosion in recent years of U. As Robert spoke to me, he could see people sending questions live which he was able to integrate into our talk. The other major problem is the U. The Chinese work hard to make things that we and others buy on credit.