We often falsely assume that all cultures encourage or even recognize what we often say is a human urge to create and innovate. Some people say that America is creative and innovative despite its governments’ policies. Others say that it is creative and innovative precisely because of them. Be this as it may, our governments’ policies can and do create incentives that influence innovation in labs, markets, institutions and societies both at home and abroad.
Here are some of the questions we are likely to explore in this project:
- What are some different ways of thinking about or describing creativity and innovation?
- What policy or societal goals might pertain to creativity and innovation?
- What are the dimensions of creativity and innovation?
- What concerns might we have about creativity and innovation?
- How might our public policies address these concerns?
- What conceptual possibilities might we develop for our future public policies pertaining to creativity and innovation?
- Should we promote only certain kinds of innovations?
- And how can we make policy about things that do not yet exist?
About the process. During this project, I will be facilitating monthly discussions of two different panels, one consisting of specialists in innovation issues and the other of interested citizens without particular expertise or experience. We will meet for a three hour discussion once a month in Washington, D.C. Our task will be to develop contrasting conceptual policy possibilities for public discussion concerning human migration. I anticipate that the resulting report will present six to ten such possibilities, along with some thoughts about how each possibility might be implemented and the effects that those actions might have upon individuals, groups, institutions, and society at large.
I am currently recruiting panelists for this project. Please contact me if you would like to be on a panel.