Does America Need More Innovators?

>April 29, 2019

Does America Need More Innovators?

Does America Need More Innovators?This project and book critically explore today's global imperative to innovate, by champions, critics, and reformers of innovation.

Corporate executives, politicians, and school board leaders agree—Americans must innovate. But critics have begun to question the unceasing promotion of innovation, pointing out its gadget-centric shallowness, the lack of diversity among innovators, and the unequal distribution of innovation's burdens and rewards. This book offers an overdue critical exploration of today's global imperative to innovate by bringing together innovation's champions, critics, and reformers in conversation.

The MIT Press book emerged from critical participation in innovation education, including the workshop and the Innovation Pathways Minor course, Innovation in Context. Critical participants in this project integrate scholarly critique with reflective practice to intervene in the training of innovators. Sponsored by ICAT, CLAHS, and NSF award 1354121.

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Matthew Wisnioski, Science, Technology, and Society; Virginia Tech
Eric S. Hintz, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation; Smithsonian Institution
Marie Stettler Kleine, Science, Technology, and Society; Virginia Tech


Errol Arkilic, M34 Capital, Inc., Formerly NSF I-Corps
Catherine Ashcraft, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, University Innovation Fellows
Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia
Lisa D. Cook, Michigan State University
Humera Fasihuddin, University Innovation Fellows
Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina
Erik Fisher, Arizona State University (ASU)
Benoît Godin-Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Jenn Gustetic-NASA, Formerly OSTP
David Guston- Arizona State University
Eric S. Hintz-Smithsonian Institution
Marie Stettler Kleine- Virginia Tech
Dutch MacDonald-MAYA, a BCG Company
Mickey McManus-MAYA, a BCG Company
Sebastian Pfotenhauer-Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Natalie Rusk, MIT
Andrew L. Russell, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Lucinda M. Sanders, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Brenda Trinidad, Arizona State University
Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech
Matthew Wisnioski, Virginia Tech