While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are sharing their visions for the US during the ongoing three-round Presidential debates, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has noticed something they have so far missed to address. Gates says the leaders have missed a discussion on what the “political leadership can do to accelerate innovation.”
While innovation has changed the lives of people a lot over the last century, the world is in the need of more innovation, more than ever.
Natural resources are ending, new diseases are spreading; dangers of climate change loom large on the humanity; problems like job creation, terrorism, migration are persisting. All of this would require more innovation and it can’t come as always believed by many from the private sector, according to Gates.
Bill Gates on what the political leadership can do to accelerate innovation
Writing on his blog, the Microsoft founder says: “I’ve heard some people argue that life-changing innovations come exclusively from the private sector. But innovation starts with government support for the research labs and universities working on new insights that entrepreneurs can turn into companies that change the world. The public sector’s investments unlock the private sector’s ingenuity.”
Gates suggests the US voters should elect the candidate who can drive innovations required now. For, he says, “accelerating innovation requires both political leadership and private sector leadership.” “As U.S. voters decide which candidates they want to elect…, I think we should consider what kind of leaders can drive the innovations we need.”
According to Gates, the best leaders have the ability to both address the demands of the present and “lay the groundwork for innovation” for the future. Gates says the new President would be among a new set of global leaders who would have to address the problems of the present. If they bid to make progress their priority, then innovation would be the key.
The Microsoft founder cites the example of former US President John F Kennedy who in 1961 had challenged people of the country to put a man on moon within a decade. “That speech didn’t just launch humankind on a successful journey to the moon. It also inspired America to build a satellite network that changed the way we communicate across the globe,” writes Gates.