Innovation is creating a more diverse Oklahoma economyPublished: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 By: Scott Meacham Source: NewsOK
In writing this series of columns, it has been enjoyable and informative to consider current innovation in Oklahoma in the context of innovation and inventors from our history. I like history as a teacher, and from readers' comments, so do you.
We're making innovation history today in Oklahoma. In a hundred years when future generations look back, they will draw lessons from the products and solutions we are creating today. We don't know which of those will have the staying power of Sylvan Goldman's shopping cart or Carl Magee's parking meter, but you can bet some bright Oklahoma innovator is making history right now.
The cornerstones of innovation — then, now, and in the future (even with artificial intelligence and machine learning) — are humans with great ideas and the passion and tenacity to act.
But great ideas alone can't propel innovation. It takes community, learned expertise, and infrastructure for a state to leverage the spirit and creativity that turns innovation into wealth and jobs.