Where are we at?
- Today’s challenges are increasingly complex and interconnected. The global power dynamic is shifting rapidly.
- Strategic intelligence is a great tool to understand relationships between complex issues.
- Factfulness shows us the world is not as bad as it seems.
How to accelerate innovation nationally.
- American innovation structure is very software-driven with federal R&D for scientific research much slowed down. Policy makers can:
- Increase the number of patents whereby federal agencies and accelerators are working together.
- Think long-term to manage multi-dimensional public policies when leading with hyper disruptors
- Utilize U.S. tech talent by commercializing university lab research
- Create a context where “percentages of failure are quite OK as long as enough large processes succeed” – Reflections on ARPA and PARC by Alan Kay
- Launch open data tools and public incentive prizes – lessons on policy entrepreneurship from the Deputy Director for Policy at the White House Office of Science & Technology
- Nurture “loonshots” with simple truths from management theories – Safi Bahcall
- Create a space for employees in different fields to ideate together – lessons from the Bell Labs
- Other traditional options for non-dilutive financing include grants, loans, SBIR, STTR, vouchers, tax credits, etc:
How to engage the world.
- Foreign policy today is networked where technology and diplomacy together play a role. Here are notes on how diplomacy is conducted digitally from my experience at the Office of Analytics.
- Modern public diplomacy is beyond social media tools; we also engage allies and the international audience through policy coordination and building relationships with nontraditional partners.
- Here are 9 ways U.S. State Dept. engages with startups.
- Former State Dept. Policy Planning Director details four models in conducting “webcraft” for acting like networks than like nation states.
- War games is an open innovation strategy adapted from military exercises. Here is how Booz Allen practices it and how it can be applied in planning for complex risks.
- Recommendations from CNAS for Defense Innovation Unit to create an alliance innovation base to incentivize enhance technology protection and share technology opportunities.
- When translating sustainable development goals into reality, Jeffrey Sachs recommends engaging in “backcasting and technology road-mapping.“
- Innovation diplomacy, or “facilitating international collaboration on innovation, with a range of new collaborative approaches” is emerging. How are different nations are undertaking innovation diplomacy on how to capture commercial and public benefits?
How to harness private capital.
- Philanthropy is more risk-tolerant than impact investing. Here are my learnings on philanthropy from a conference with donor networks hosted by Jeff Raikes, founder of Giving Compass and former CEO of the Gates Foundation.
- How your daily donation might matter more by William MacAskill
- I like the idea of impact investing. I believe it is personal and value-driven across risk appetites and preferences across asset classes.
- Asset management is shifting toward high tech, risk-integrated models. Arabesque is the best ESG quant tool I have seen out there.
- Global Steering Group is a G15 of countries for impact investing. Global Impact Investing Network sets forth global standards for measurement.
- Check out Impact Capital Managers for a full list of impact funds
- My takeaways from Asia