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Government as the first Innovation driver?

Insight from Berkeley, the White House’s advisor Stephen Cohen shakes the public of the Technology Forum 2016 with the analysis – and the defiance – from his last book: ‘The Hamilton Approach to Economic Policy and Growth’.

Government as the first Innovation driver?

Imagination is hard

He comes from the University of California at Berkeley, where he leads the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE): he’s professor Stephen Cohen and he shakes the public of the Technology Forum 2016 with the analysis – and the defiance – from his last book: ‘The Hamilton Approach to Economic Policy and Growth’.

‘An excellent new book’ accordingly to the Nobel Prize Paul Krugman in the New Your Yimes, and also the Financial Times had a very positive review.

‘Imagination is hard’, so Cohen starts, while innovation is quite easy: it is all in doing things differently or doing different things. That’s the part that we all know. The shock arrives a few minutes later and gives the launch to a very deep debate among participants. It is when Cohen suddenly shares a short analysis about innovation ecosystems, starting from the unmissable Sylicon Valley: ‘All the technologies that arrive from there – he observes – all of them, arrive directly from the US Government’.

Indeed, should we see the Government as the first innovation driver?
Stephen Cohen was advisor at the White House and he collaborated with several other Governments – in Europe, Asia and South America – as well as with the UN and the OECD: he shares here his vision, on a special interview with The European House – Ambrosetti.

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