I’ve written many times on this blog, including earlier this morning, on the need to constantly innovate. And I’ve written a few posts on the excellent book by Fareed Zakaria, The Post American World.
Well, you might want to check out this new article in Newsweek by Zakaria. He raises the disturbing question, Is America Losing Its Mojo?: Innovation is as American as baseball and apple pie. But some traditions can’t be trademarked.
Here’s a key quote:
Could it be that American achievements reflect the past more than predicting the future? It’s important to remember that many of the metrics that place the United States so far ahead are actually lagging indicators. Nobel Prizes tend to be given to scientists in their 70s, toward the end of their productive lives. What’s happening among scientists in their 30s? Who’s making the discoveries today that will receive Nobel Prizes four decades from now?
He ends the article with these words:
We kicked all the real problems we face down the road, hoping that someone else would solve them. This too has become part of American culture, a culture that desperately needs to change if we are to preserve American innovation and rekindle the real American Dream.
Innovation and the American Dream go together. Let’s hope we can change enough to reclaim our advantage in innovation.