Introducing the Global Innovation Showcase
June 5th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Introducing the Global Innovation Showcase

Editor's Note: Amar C. Bakshi is the editor of the Global Public Square and World Producer at  Jamie Zimmerman is the Director of the Global Assets Project at the New America Foundation and the organization's lead on the Global Innovation Showcase.

By Amar C. Bakshi and Jamie Zimmerman

The world is rapidly changing and global innovations are leading the way. Innovations in technology, business practices and design are changing how we make friends, make money and have fun.

And innovations are coming from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurial hotpots exist in Singapore, Kenya, Brazil and South Korea, to name a few.

Local innovators and global companies have created billions in wealth and millions of jobs in fields such as telecommunications, health, financial services and clean tech.

Yet there remains so much we don’t know and so much to do.  Most people are not aware of the world of innovations out there - many of them poised to remake our lives.

To fill this void, the New America Foundation and Global Public Square will highlight new ideas and emerging trends in global innovation starting today.

The regularly-updated "'Global Innovations Showcase" will feature the emerging big ideas, trends, news and other surprising stories from across the globe.

Showcase features will explore such topics as:

– Where are the hubs of excellence and what makes them so?

– What is the secret sauce of entrepreneurship and innovation?

– What is the role of government and of civil society in spurring change and enabling innovation?

– What are the big ideas that are going to change how we work, play, do business, and spur development worldwide?

We are excited to launch our showcase with:

– John Kao asking Is America Still an Innovation Nation and explaining What is Innovation anyway;

– Author Zachary Karabell on the Innovation Challenge Posed by China;

– Author Steven Johnson offering A Brief History of Innovation.

– And Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter writing an excellent piece entitled Rebellion of an Innovation Mom.

And be sure to check out Fareed Zakaria's TIME piece, The Future of Innovation: Can America Keep Pace?

Future Global Innovation Showcase features will include a mix of multi-media contributions from anti-poverty pioneers, market trailblazers and tech entrepreneurs, journalists on the ground, and experts in technology, health, energy, agriculture, education, finance, governance, and philanthropy.

We welcome you on our journey to uncover and explore the quick-shifting ever-global landscape of innovation and how it affects us all.

And to kick start this all off, tune in at 8pm tonight for a special edition of CNN GPS, "Restoring the American Dream: How to Innovate."

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Charles Smith

    Easy reasonable solution to our current economic (unemployment) "problem". Tax every machine, just like the tax on wage earners, to pay for the permanent survival of the permanently unemployed that these machines have caused. Our traditional cash flow cycle, from capitalist to that which produces wealth (machines, workers) and back to the capitalists will be preserved.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
  2. Charles Smith

    Business functions in the past have generated cash flow for the economy and taxes for the government. When a worker is displaced by a machine, technology, it must be forced to continue generating that cash flow and tax just as the workers were, and the now-permanently-displaced workers must be supported by that cash flow and tax.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. Steve

    The Government created the Internet. The Government must also be the lead to further innovation – at least on the scale of the Internet. I frankly have many ideas – I just don't have the capitol or education on how to expand upon my ideas.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Good idea to introduce a "global innovation showcase". It will help create idees and stimulate entrepreneurial spirits of your country!

    June 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  5. Vane Lashua

    GPS interviewed Nathan Myhrvold on innovation ... calling for more nuclear power to supply "our future energy needs." Myhrvold has developed a design for a new type of nuclear plant. Great. What about developing plants to utilize the unlimited energy supply less than 10 miles from everywhere on Earth? Straight down. Conventional techology. No radiation. No CO2. No petroleum, coal, gas, nuclear or dams. No dishes, fields of glass, unsightly windmills. Sustainable (for 5-6 billion years, till sun envelopes Earth). Small footprint. Short implementation/development time (30 months).

    June 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Vane Lashua

      Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Energy independence. Innovation.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  6. eugene Park

    theres a lot of great ideas out there.... we just dont have the funding and money to make them come to life.
    the banks took all of that..

    June 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  7. Patrick

    Ok, I am a 25 year veteran product development engineer who five years ago left Engineering to become High School certified; now teaching Math, Physics and Chemistry at an Urban High School.
    I bailed out. I have 13 patents. Big waste of time and money.
    The problem today, and all innovative product development engineers, and small time inventors know about it, is that it takes $300k to litigate a patent and you have no assurance that you will win.
    Furthermore,if your patent is violated from offshore, it is hopeless. You couldn't begin to afford an attorney flying to Shanghai and of course it would be useless once he/she arrived there.
    There are no patent police in the system. Period.
    Here in the midwest Chicago Metro area we used to make every product in your home and garage . Now it is all offshore.
    If you are foolish enough to tool up your newest invention, there is awaiting a parasite who will immediately fly your prototypes or early production units to China and begin flooding the market with duplicates.
    Most inventors or would be inventive engineers that I know feel it is a totally hopeless situation. A waste of time.
    That is why, in my view, for the last ten+ years, you do not see small inventors coming to the market with their widgets like so many had done in my youth.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Eb. Adeniyi

      If only we can really and honestly understand the negative implications of an uneducated citizenry, the sooner we can catch up with Asia and the other emerging nations. More focus need to be directed at Math and science from kindergarten to high school, while the government must present a forceful narrative strong enough that even the most ardent haters of government, would find hard to defeat. America must find ways to protects home-grown innovations. It was done before and could be done again.

      June 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  8. tony santos

    I started to watch today's program on Ameican innovation: I turned the program. You want to know about US innovation, talk to the unemployed, speak to the person whose house is being foreclosed, speak to those without health insurance, speak to the homeless. The important thing important today is to put Americans to work. How many jobs are the people you spoke today providing? And I mean the hardcore unemployed. Would they be willing to pay more taxes to put people to work? I doubt it. Programs like this sucks!!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  9. JJ

    The government stifles innovation with its policies of crony monopoly faux-capitalism. True innovation likes to create economies of scale and control its own destiny. But there's no incentive to do so anymore.

    Why? Because the government has gotten quite good at placing fictitious economies of scale (meaning: large sums of money, unearned wealth) in the hands of people it likes, and in doing so effectively picks the winners.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:47 am | Reply
  10. Steve Norton

    Innovation must be at the center of all discussions on economic policy. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, cited often in the CN special report, is hosting a forum June 23 on where we need to be headed in the next five years.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
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  12. Dac Vu

    I work in the Medical Device industry in Southern California. I have seen many innovative medical devices and technologies passing through our firm. These proprietary technologies,, and the people who innovate them that's keeping a healthy Medical Device ecosystem here. Innovations and the protection of those innovation are keys in maintaining our jobs and standards of living.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • P Smith

      I agree 100% with Dac's comment. Companies like his keep California at the top. We need innovaters & entrepeneurs to build new, lasting companies in the medical, energy, software and telecom fields. These companies will then hire people. Education, & constant innovation are the only way to maintain America's standard of living. America needs to "adapt" to the "rise of the rest" as Fareed discusses in his book. China is investing roughly $1trillion in these areas, so we better step up.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  13. Ivan Kattan

    My name is Ivan Kattan, I am 51 years old, I am a Mechanical Engineer by degree but has worked in construction for the last 20 years. I am looking for advise on how someone who believes has an idea on how to solve the unemployment problem in this country can get president Obama's attention or any other government office to give me the opportunity to present my idea. Thank

    June 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Reply
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