WARF launches a new web series featuring opinions from two dozen state leaders on the subject of innovation and the Wisconsin Idea

Article courtesy of WisBusiness.com

Contributors include university researchers, teachers, business leaders and entrepreneurs, public officials and investors. Their writings focus on the “crucial interdependence” between innovations pioneered at the UW System and the strength of the state’s economy.

“The voices we have collected exemplify the strength, power and diversity of the Wisconsin Idea itself,” said Erik Iverson, managing director for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. “By working together, we can find the best, most efficient ways to solve the state’s challenges, create jobs, grow profits and keep revenue in Wisconsin to invest in our people and our economy.”

Iverson authored the first post of the series, titled “Innovation, Jobs and the Wisconsin Idea.” In it, he sets the stage for the series and lays out some of WARF’s goals for this year.

“Working together, we will create a forum that fosters this collaborative approach, involving school, business and political leaders, and people who have capital to invest,” Iverson wrote.

The second post, titled “Renewing the Wisconsin Idea,” was written by former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Michael Sussman, a UW-Madison professor of biochemistry. They call for greater collaboration to deal with the aging workforce and graduates leaving the state.

“We propose having a series of economic summits around the state, to generate enthusiasm and excitement about the work coming out of our universities,” they wrote. “We envision people standing and cheering.”

See the full posts here: http://www.warf.org/about-us/innovation-and-the-wisconsin-idea/wisconsin-innovates.cmsx