A call for national innovation policy

Bruce Nussbaum at Newsweek calls on Obama and McCain (Hillary is excused) to address a key issue facing American competitiveness – the need for an "innovation policy." Here's his list:Support the codification of design methodology and design strategy as being worked on at leading IT schools.

Bruce Nussbaum at Newsweek calls on Obama and McCain (Hillary is excused) to address a key issue facing American competitiveness – the need for an "innovation policy." Here's his list:
  1. Support the codification of design methodology and design strategy as being worked on at leading IT schools.
  2. Build out the "nascent fields" of service innovation and service science that IBM and Peer Insight are creating.
  3. Support a new academic speciality in "innovation economics." Traditional economics fail to take account of things that are major factors in today's economy – stuff like human capital, productivity gains of networking, brain power and culture.
  4. Build out a very high-speed broad network.
  5. Reshape immigration and visa policy – "re-open the doors (closed in part since 9/11) of America to the best and brightest students and immigrants."
  6. Promote new forms of K-12 education, especially in inner-city schools. Ideas: Integrate gaming into curriculum development, peer-to-peer learning, and team teaching."

I agree that fundamental, visionary changes to immigration and education policy are needed. Not enthusiastic that anyone will tackle these items with vigor, though.