Innovation is wonderful, but on its own it's not the holy grail. Other things matter just as much in creating a great company or product, most notably execution and focus. Apple excels at these things. That's why I use an iPhone and iPad. Innovation without execution produces footnotes to history, such as the Xerox Alto and Star.
The youth sport system misses a lot of kids, even today when more of them than ever are running around in uniforms. Of the 51 million children between the ages of 6 and 17, only 27 million play team sports in any form (organized or casual) even one time during the course of the year. Less than 16 million - just three of every 10 kids -- play sports on a regular basis.
Our world views shrink as we see the same people talking about the same topics, again and again. We're both experiencing and seeing evidence of a growing event fatigue, with little on the horizon to replace the meaning and intellectual nourishment that a great gathering can provide. There are ways to buck this trend.
Divided government is a common composition of American government and has been since the founding of the Republic. The only way that legislators working in a non-parliamentary system such as ours can govern is through trust and compromise. And as evidenced by the shutdown crisis, the trust and ability to compromise necessary for Congress to do its work is deeply frayed.
However diverse on the surface, challenges in sustainability, social justice, and personal economic security are receptive to a more interwoven set of solutions if we think of them from a systems perspective. And the sooner we are able to identify and highlight those interdependencies, the more powerfully we can design sets of actions that honor them.