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Unleashing the Second American Century by Joel Kurtzman

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CHAPTER THREE

THE UNITED STATES OF CREATIVITY

The people who are unleashing America’s second century of leadership, innovation, and growth have several things in common. They are brilliant, creative, and highly motivated, not just to create change, but to transform the world and to do it from their American base. They are not pursuing ideas simply because they are curious—although they are intensely curious. They are pursuing ideas pragmatically. And, although they often have deep associations with America’s most important research universities, they are far from ivory-tower idealists. Instead, they see research—including deep, fundamental research ...

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