America’s Last-place Performance
On Monday, September 28, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell presented findings from a report appearing in September’s Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. In the report, Ezell discusses the strategies of the worlds’ ten most innovation-forward countries.
Ezell argues that the U.S. can learn much from those countries, arguing that the U.S. has begun to slip noticeably in leadership in technology innovation: ITIF’s Atlantic Century report ranked the U.S. last out of 40 leading industrialized nations in improvements across a range of 16 key metrics related to human capital, innovation capacity, entrepreneurship, IT infrastructure, economic policy, and economic performance.
The report argues that countries that lead the world in innovation policy (e.g., Finland) took a three-step approach:
• They recognized the need to approach innovation systemically;
• They set a vision and strategy for action, with clearly articulated goals and ambitions; and
• They implemented institutional reforms to drive their country’s innovation strategy.
For examples of how this suggested approach translated into action, click here and here.