Building Momentum for Open Innovation

America’s future prosperity depends on our capacity to innovate.

On October 21, 2015, President Obama issued an updated version of the Strategy for American Innovation. A key element of this strategy is a using open innovation and public participation to improve America’s economic growth and international competitiveness. Open innovation—which includes approaches such as incentive prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science—harnesses the expertise, ingenuity, and creativity of Americans, engaging them as strategic partners in addressing some of the country’s most pressing challenges. These efforts are premised on Joy’s Law, the principle that “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”

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