What's the bright idea?

  • Article by: TED KOLDERIE
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 5:03 PM

The word 'innovation' shines like a beacon. Everybody wants a piece of it. But what does it mean, really -- especially for public service?

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educator1Dec. 1, 12 7:17 PM

Great reminders. We have made progress when we've allowed people to come up with very different approaches. They don't always work. But whether it's the telephone, computer, tv, etc. they sometimes help us move things ahead. We need the same spirit in public education. Hooray for site gov schools, and for the charter idea.

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furguson11Dec. 1, 12 8:03 PM

It's difficult to have innovation in Government when risk is not rewarded, when managers and employees are used to the status quo (note I didn't say "like".) It is easy to go along and not rock the boat until there are some external pressures, like funding, that force change.

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william16Dec. 1, 12 9:36 PM

Ironic this story notes both Gov. Dayton, who advocates innovation through government intervention, the innovative start of Target, created during the leadership of Gov. Dayton's dad and uncle, through private investment and enterprise. Lesson from then, and now: innovation is the domain of the private sector, not government.

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JudelingDec. 2, 12 1:46 AM

Why does the public sector foster more disruptive innovations then the private sector? Why do individuals seem to be be the biggest source of disruptive innovations? Part of it is propaganda and myth. But the largest part is simply the permission to fail. Yes cross disciplinary involvement in the process is important (see Xerox Pablo Alto), but it is over shadowed by the acceptance of failures. This explains why public innovations come primarily out of our military (and associated see NASA) departments. It is because that is where we expect a certain amount of failure. So we must allow a certain amount of failure and just as important we need to realize that failure exists.

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probsolverDec. 2, 12 6:45 AM

To be innovative is to set oneself apart from the crowd. Doesn't this fly in the face of the collectivist mentality that is sweeping the state and the nation? You're not allowed to be different, or at least you're not allowed to reap the rewards of being different. Doesn't that put a damper on the desire to innovate?

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elmore1Dec. 2, 12 7:21 AM

"public administrators don't want to reinvent government!" is a very telling statement. Innovation is a key ingrediant to a healthy economy and the govt at the state and federal level resist progress so they are not setting a good example.

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ninetyninerDec. 2, 12 7:34 AM

probsolver - the only people talking about collectivist mentality are the paranoid Fox News folks who are regularly fed a misinformation diet of fear and anxiety. Get a grip and learn something about the world you live in.

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probsolverDec. 2, 12 8:06 AM

regularly fed a misinformation diet of fear and anxiety ---- let's vote..words of a maker or a taker?

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elind56Dec. 2, 12 9:48 AM

Free people and free markets are what fosters innovation and invention. Not government.

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traderbillDec. 2, 1211:04 AM

elind56. We have free people but we don't have free markets! Big business controls the markets. Remember Ford and the automatic windshield wiper and cruise control? Those were developed by inventors and small businesses then taken over by the the big companies. The point of the article should be that neither BIG business or government wants to take risk and it is correct to say that both are afraid of failure and the bad press it generates. Don't sell government short however...alternative energy is unpopular with big business with few exceptions. Look at Romney's attacks on Soyndra...he even named successes such as Tesla but therein lies the culprit: being taken to task by your opponents in an election. It is also why Obama was missing in action when Simpson-Bowles, a commission he created, was delivered to the White House...a pity that. The irony is the GOP jumped on it (despite voting universally against it), and also panned Obamacare which was a GOP idea that they dumped when the Dems began to run with it. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt - hey, wasn't he a Democrat?

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