How did we get here? How did we get to this point? Is this what we should consider to be normal? Let’s talk about tension, confusion, blame, emotional explosions and the role humility and vulnerability might play in healing our community. Let’s talk about how we have moved so far away from a place of restorative justice and think that retribution is the only solution (HINT: when people talk about there being a price to pay, then they are looking for retribution).
“We support startups.”
“We believe in startups.”
“The only thing our startup community needs is a little more capital.”
I have seen communities full of incubators, mentors, programs and good-hearted people. I have seen federal, state and local funds flow into systems promising to launch new ventures, create jobs and stimulate the startup ecosystem. What I haven’t seen are customers. Hell, I rarely even see a willingness to serve as beta testers.
According to the common platitude, attitude is everything. While that looks good on a motivational poster or as a sound bite, it really is meaningless when it comes to innovation.
True and consistent innovation will benefit from a little math. There are two inputs in this innovation equation: creativity and strategy. The degree to which each input is embraced or given priority will determine the outcome.
Creating an innovation ecosystem seems daunting. There are lots of places to start. Biotechnology has firm roots in the region. Computer-based advancements and ventures are gaining steam. However, what will the next areas of innovation be? How do we create a structure that allows us to explain our innovation choices to the next generation?
I went to NYC for the first time and decided to take a stab at doing standup comedy. I did standup for about three years in California, and getting time on a stage in NYC would be a true bucket list item. So, while on the plane from St. Louis to NY, I wrote a King Jong Un bit for my set…the set I was going to perform in a comedy club in NYC.
Admit it, you were glued to every episode. You might have equally despised and identified with the characters. It was well-written, well-acted, and well-watched. It reminded me of watching Karate Kid when I was young. I instantly wanted to rush out and try every cool move I saw in the film. Well, if you do that with House of Cards, you either have very few friends at this point or are one step closer to a plush Washington DC career. Just like Mr. Miyagi taught us, the lesson might be deeper than what is presented on the surface. I mean, there have to be some solid lessons we can glean from Francis and the gang, right?