The New York Times profiles John Kao today in its Scientists at Work series. Here’s a snippet:
“Many people believe there is no problem because we are No. 1,” he said. As long as there is “no current pain,” he said, advocating for an innovation agenda is like advising patients to eat a healthier diet, exercise and stop smoking.
He said that might explain the inability of a group of eminent scientists to interest presidential candidates in a debate on science issues, “The concl
Cross-posted at the Huffington Post
Now that the decks are cleared for the big November presidential showdown, I am praying — in earnest — for a meaningful discussion of America’s national innovation agenda. There has been scant sign of this to date, a few token mentions of the “I” word not withstanding.
In this election year, expect the skeptical or the indifferent to raise a litany of objections to having a national innovation agenda in the first place. In my own work as a s
John Kao spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC in May. The AAAS recently reported on Kao’s speech as well as the overall forum:
Though many of the experts expressed guarded optimism, the Forum featured an undercurrent of concern that the United States risks falling behind because it is complacent and doesn’t understand the ambitious new competitors which will challenge its innovation superiority in the
GE recently announced it will sell its white goods business. Business Week asked John Kao what he thought:
The creation and destruction of business is what gives these conglomerates long life. The management of a corporation like GE should be complimented for entertaining this kind of transformation, even if it means turning away from an iconic business.
The BBC’s Peter Day recently interviewed me for his Global Business program (or should I write programme?). The result concludes his excellent series on innovation. You can listen to it or download it here.
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post
I’m sitting up in the nose of a Singapore Airlines 747 on the loonnngggggg flight back to San Francisco.. I’ve just been there for three days to kick off one of my various “involvements” this year — as a so-called Senior Visiting Fellow of Singapore’s Civil Service College.
I said yes because I was interested in getting an intimate view of what is generally considered to be the engine of Singapore’s relentless progress — namely, its govern
Blogger extraordinaire Robert Scoble came to interview me the other day for his new gig, Fast Company TV. When he posts those videos, I’ll point to them.
What was particularly interesting, however, was that before the “real” interview started, Robert pulled out his Nokia N95 phone and shot a quick, rough-and-ready interview… which streamed live on to the Internet through his Qik account. As Robert spoke to me, he could see people sending questions live which he was able to integrate i