Let’s Rediscover American Innovation

by Russell A. Wheeler, MS on February 28, 2011

A lot has been said about our country’s economic situation over the last couple of years.  There have been many jobs lost and few businesses have dared to invest. Some have labeled these times as the “Great Recession.”  However, there are signs that the economy is turning around.

But more is needed to get America going again.  If you tuned in to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, he mentioned quite a bit about the need for America to rediscover her innovative spirit.  Here’s a brief excerpt from his address:

The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.

None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or  where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.

When I heard the president say these remarks, I thought it was great that he’s bringing innovation to the forefront and encouraging this nation to create once again.  America has the talent and resources to bring ourselves out of the current economic state and move forward.  If we believe in our innovative potential, there is no obstacle we can’t overcome.

The president said we’re the nation of Edison, the Wright brothers and countless others who persevered to follow their idea and see it come to life.  America needs to find the answers to the issues of today and innovation can get us there.  The time is now for us to make this happen.    Albert Einstein once said “problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”  Our nation must think at a different level and it all begins with rediscovering our innovative spirit.

What are your thoughts?

How might we spark imagination and creativity in the United States?  In what ways might we encourage businesses to innovate?

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