The next edition of Inside Innovation comes out online Thursday night and in print on Friday and one of my favorite stories asks the eight leading Republican and Democratic political candidates for their innovation agendas. I was surprised by the answers—Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney have clearly thought deeply about the issue and have interesting answers. So too Obama and McCain. But the others?….Well, you’ll see for yourselves.
One issue for me is whether or not the politicians understand that innovation is not necessarily invention. Neither is math and science. For me innovation is the creation of possibilities that turn into products (services, experiences etc.) that have value. As you’ll see in the candidates definitions of innovation, that appears to be lost.
But just the fact that most of the leading political candidates are thinking about innovation is a surprise to me.
What do you think shsould be the political agenda for innovation?
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