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Published on May 24, 2012
Is our Knowledge Enterprise Complex Capable of Seeding the Jobs-Creating Industries of Tomorrow?
Science and technology in America have been guided by the same set of ideas for more than half a century. The conventional wisdom is that if we feed more money and more scientists into our existing "knowledge enterprise" complex, society will derive proportionately more benefits. In the face of the global economic downturn, political disarray at the national level, and protracted challenges to the nation's public health, environmental quality, industrial base, and energy system, this simplistic assumption is long overdue for a reckoning. Today's challenges demand new ways of thinking about science and technology, and the government's role in advancing them. The problem, any honest inquiry will suggest, isn't always money, or the number of scientists, but the very way we do science.
Jon Gertner - @nytmag
Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine Author, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Eric Isaacs - @Argonne Director, Argonne National Laboratory
Michael Lind - @NewAmerica
Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation
Moderator Jonathan Koppell - @coppasu Dean, College of Public Programs and Director, School of Public Affairs Arizona State University