I just voted in NYC and was thinking about all the talk of “change” in the air. All three leading candidates now talk about change. And it troubles me. Change implies “different,” but it could mean a choice among existing options or the creation of something new and better. Innovation, of course, means the latter—the making of something new, better and of value to people.
Innovation means reframing existing problems and issues after deeply understanding the cultures and communities you are involved with. Are the candidates doing that?
An innovative view of the ongoing economic downturn would be to see it as an opportunity to reshape the entire economy around green
technology and green growth. A massive effort to move off carbon-based energy could generate new industries, new companies, new jobs. It could change our foreign policy and make the US less dependent on autocratic countries. It could give the country a new leading, competitive edge in the global economy. It could unite the nation under a new national goal. But who among the candidates is talking about this kind of innovation?
Ditto for health care and education.
Check out Krisztini Holly on this issue.
Change is choice. Innovation is progress. Or at least it can be.
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