How to measure innovation in the 21st century?
Over at the USACM Technology Policy Weblog, there's a comprehensive summary of the first-ever public meeting of the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy advisory committee. This committee, which includes a mix of CEOs and academics, was formed in December by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez as a way of understanding better the impact of innovation on the U.S. economy. Anyway, the advisory committee has put together a public website called Innovation Metrics, enabling a fascinating peek into the workings of the group. (There's even a downloadable PDF of the seating chart of the meeting - for those of you keeping track, the CEO of IBM sat next to the vice-chairman of Wal-Mart.)
After discussion about the different kinds of innovation, as
well as the different ways companies measure that innovation, the group
came to a few preliminary points of consensus:
- Since only simple tasks can be effectively captured with a single metric, the committee will develop a group of metrics;
core part of these metrics will be productivity. This would not be the
output per hour measurement more commonly publicized, but total factor
productivity measurement - total output per unit of total input;
best measures will do more than simply observe economic activity, they
will be able to spot emerging trends, firms and industries;
avoid creating a whole system from scratch, the committee will examine
changes to the system of national accounts - the series of economic
statistics gathered by several different agencies;
[image: Carlos Gutierrez in action]
A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
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- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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