The Innovation Imperative


February 12, 2016

Can innovation improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and families?

Benjamin de Haan, executive director of Partners for Our Children and an affiliate professor in the UW School of Social Work, says a lack of data and technology tools should not get in the way of improving services for the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

February 5, 2016

Is the startup model best for innovation?

Chris DeVore, partner at Founders’ Co-op, writes that the “clockspeed” of the the global economy, a pace of business that governs how quickly companies can grow and adapt to the changes around them, has changed only slowly since the industrial revolution. But since the introduction of the microprocessor in the late 1960’s, the clockspeed of business has shifted from a linear growth pattern to an exponential one.

February 3, 2016

How scientific social work helps people flourish

Which of these innovations will have more impact on society — a first-of-its-kind experimental vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS that’s been developed by a venture-capital-backed biotechnology company, or a big-data research study from a social work scholar that identifies the role that alcohol consumption plays in the contraction of HIV/AIDS? UW School of Social Work Dean Edwina Satsuki Uehara says the answer is both.

January 24, 2016

Can the public sector outpace the private sector when it comes to innovation?

Kevin Merritt, founder and CEO of Socrata, says governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public-policy crises.

October 22, 2015

Seattle’s next major breakthrough — democratic innovation 

Vikram Jandhyala, vice provost for innovation at the University of Washington, thinks that Seattle is at a crossroads right now. It can go one of two ways. It can become another San Francisco, with all the successes, but also all the failures that San Francisco represents. Or it can be something different, and go the Seattle way.

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