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Drone fever? Try a little polivation | Lisa Ellman | TEDxBeaconStreet

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Published on Dec 9, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. There's a lively debate about the about the domestic use of drones. From package delivery to cropdusting to filmmaking and business security... There's a drone for that! As quickly as the innovators are developing new ways to use the technology, policymakers are curbing and restricting their use in the interest of public safety.

Lisa Ellman, Obama Administration veteran and pioneering drones policy advisor, believes that government policy and entrepreneurial innovation work best together. She believes the key to balancing these opportunities and challenges is a true integration of policy and innovation, which she calls "Polivation". Policymakers must promote innovation, and innovators must work hand in hand with policymakers. This compelling talk from TEDxBeaconStreet teaches us how our country can make good use of new technologies, including drones, in a way that wins the public's trust and serves its interests.

Nearly eight years ago, Lisa Ellman began working for her former law professor – Barack Obama. Since then, she has held a variety of positions at top levels of the Executive branch at the White House and Department of Justice; most recently, she led the DOJ’s effort to develop policy that would govern the use of drones in the U.S. Ms. Ellman is now in private public policy practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge and chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group. There she uses her experience in the federal government to help bridge the sizable knowledge gap between government policymaking and business innovation.


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