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SEEDS OF INNOVATION; THEY ARE A SCATTERIN’
Approximately half of the world’s population has access to the Internet. And thanks to technology advancements and globalization, innovation can happen anywhere. Innovators around the globe have access to key ingredients of innovation and are hungry to make a difference for themselves, their families, communities, cities, countries or humanity in general. Like dandelion seeds in a high wind, innovation has been scattered globally and taken root like an invasive species.
Here in the United States, many of us don’t appreciate how dramatic of a shift this truly is, nor do we necessarily fathom how a leveled playing field will spur innovation globally. During some recent research, it was apparent that global innovation has already taken off and that innovators are solving problems and creating products. Whether it’s a person, a small group of people, or companies, innovators of the world are no longer constrained by traditional borders.
For brevity, during my research noticeable areas of change, were the spin up of freelancers worldwide. They might be consultants or gig based laborers, but they are no longer constrained to a traditional employer/employee model. These entrepreneurs are enabled by the support mechanisms of prosperity (education, healthcare, opportunities, e-commerce and monetary systems) to succeed in the world where the future of work appears to be headed toward opportunity based engagements.
The most devastating threats to the American way of life may well be our pride, failure to understand how critical education will be, and growing protectionist views. If we are to stay on the leading edge, we must ensure that we foster the vibrant growth of innovation and eliminate any barriers that might dissuade it!
Look no further that a window, those phone/cable lines are examples of legacy technologies that hang around. While we may utilize one to access the Internet in our homes, the other is dying. We now have full Internet access on our mobile devices. As unlimited data becomes ubiquitous, the question soon will be “why do we still have a DSL/Cable connection?” We must prevent legacy items from slowing us down.
Make no mistake; American ingenuity is being challenged more with each passing day. Anything that might discourage entrepreneurship must be eliminated to ensure that our American ingenuity continues with a leadership position. As you look around the world, it is very clear that the seeds of innovation are already growing rapidly.