If the U.S. is to recover from its doldrums, it seems, innovation will need to take center stage once again.This is a lofty goal, and by all accounts, the summit's participants only got incrementally closer to it. Days were spent tossing out suggestions, not crafting and polishing a game plan. At times, the scene even recalled the leaderless potpourri of Occupy Wall Street, another group of earnest problem-solvers struggling to focus their energies to a single point. But the summit’s organizers say this week's events were less a self-contained process than a jumping-off point for something bigger."A lot of ideas are just stewing right now," said Dan Bierenbaum, a senior research associate at the Batten Institute at UVA's Darden School of Business, which arranged the summit.This week was about "planting seeds," Bierenbaum told The Huffington Post....In a few weeks, the group will finalize and publish a mission statement -- tentatively known as a Declaration of Innovation, in a nod to Thomas Jefferson’s most famous piece of writing.After that, it’s not clear what will happen. A summit attendee told HuffPost that once the Declaration is finished, its authors -- a handful of participants from the original group who attended the summit -- will try to circulate it among politicians, federal agencies, business leaders and anyone else who might be interested in a road map for generating economic growth and a culture of creativity.
Read the rest, or don't bother, at The Huffington Post, Jefferson Innovation Summit: Business Leaders Brainstorm A New Era Of American Creativity
This is right out of a Scott Adams Dilbert cartoon.