In "Innovation City," Scott Kirsner discusses Boston's history as a center of technological invention and the persistent feeling that the tech sector can't compete with Silicon Valley. Should city and state officials do more to preserve the area's competitive advantage? Or should they concentrate on nurturing economic growth as a whole?
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They should do both, of course. Massachusetts needs its tech businesses, and it needs all businesses.
One of the fundamental keys is to innovation is something we've taken for granted for a long time, but has recently reared it's ugly head: Religion in politics. Government officials should know that to impose their particular relgious views in their policies is to exclude others. When you exclude people and thereby demand conformity, you stifle innovation. You say it's more important to be like 'us' than to be creative. Keep religion in the private sphere and let freedom and creativity reign!
The article does have some good points. While we have many universities here that perform the research and innovation, we always seems to fall behind in growing businesses to take those ideas and turn them into money-making business ventures. I think California started before we did in that area and hence is looked at as the greenhouse to grow big, successful tech companies. So people end up going there to make their mark rather than here. Just a thought. And speaking of a thought... Anyone who says religion holds back innovation is ignorant (or is a bigot) of the Catholic Church's role in promoting education. After, the idea of universities in general is a Catholic idea. For centuries and centuries, the monasteries were the centers of education and innovation. What the Church tries to show others is that innovation should not come before morality. Innovation is not worth the cost of thousands of peoples lives which, unfortunately, many of today's liberal/nonreligious citizens do not agree with
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