Rhode Island has the requisite independence, innovation and determination to make something transformational happen. Let’s get started. Presidents Simmons and Dooley
The question is do we have trust in each other to get started. We always list our amazing resources and strengths . . . scale, access, capacity, natural assets. What we need to focus on is the governances that manage these resources, and learn to trust them. We need to believe they are willing to take risks for each other and for their shared vision. We need to change a culture. I’m not saying a new accent, I’m talking a new attitude.
We have always focused on the transactions between government, academic and industry sectors. The taxes, the tuition, the sales — all about the get and never about the give. And in this Projo oped, two highly regarded university presidents give their commitment — not take, but commit to Rhode Island. They offer what is possible, not what is limiting us. It is time to take them up on their offer and see what can be possible.
In recent study at Harvard, “Effects of University Innovation on Local Economic Growth and Entrepreneurship” by Naomi Hausman on 1/23/11, we are reminded of what universities make possible if we embrace them, and we should really leverage this opportunity. Remember Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Park, and even Boston Route 128! Were they not transformative to the local economy? and weren’t they conveniently located next to universities?
The statement is not “let’s get started” it’s more like “what are you afraid of?” Come on, we got the sectors to agree to travel to Houston together, next stop. . . disneyland! That’s pretty magical!