Obviously, Tom Friedman also listened to Otellini. I remember thinking that if this guy were running for president I'd probably vote for him (of course I would need to know a lot more about him). I was impressed by his candid and forthright presentation.
I also agree with him regarding our failing education. While horticulture is just one aspect of our economy, my real concern is that it is symptomatic of our society at large. From what I hear and read I believe it is. We are falling behind in education. That, my friends, is a precursor for big problems.We have an Extension Program and horticultural institutions that should be seedbeds for innovative education and new thinking that are living in a petunia patch of non-relevancy. Does anyone care?
As I tune in each day for my research, I swing back and forth between the emotions of sadness and rage. If you are a regular reader, you most likely have tuned in to this. I often re-edit a post to filter out some of my anger, not always successfully I suspect. You can easily guess what emotion this excerpt from Friedman's column engendered. Unprintable!
Yet that same study also measured what they call ‘the rate of change in innovation capacity’ over the last decade — in effect, how much countries were doing to make themselves more innovative for the future. The study relied on 16 different metrics of human capital — I.T. infrastructure, economic performance and so on. On this scale, the U.S. ranked dead last out of the same 40 nations.
Excerpted from Friedman's collumn...
And this contrast is playing out in the worst way — just slowly enough so the crisis never seems acute enough to take urgent action. But, eventually, infrastructure, education and innovation policies matter. Businesses prefer to invest with the Jetsons more than the Flintstones, which brings me to the subject of this column.
I had a chance last week to listen to Paul Otellini, the chief executive of Intel, the microchip maker and one of America’s crown jewel companies. Otellini was in Washington to talk about competitiveness at Brookings and the Aspen Institute. At a time when so much of our public policy discussion is dominated by health care and bailouts, my public service for the week is to share Mr. Otellini’s views on start-ups.