It Seems Everybody Has Advice For Michigan; What Do You Think?
At Xconomy, we queried our network of innovation leaders across the country for their list of the most important things that we here in Michigan can do to reinvigorate our economy, and we’ve been publishing the results in our “Xconomist Forum” section. Recently, somebody asked me whether I thought all this advice for Michigan from outsiders was a little condescending to Detroiters.
I responded that I’d be thrilled if readers got angry at some of these columns. There’s nothing like controversy to generate hits and discussion!
But, in general, I think there is recognition here that Detroit needs all the help it can get. To say things are bad here is a severe understatement. And even the biggest Detroit cheerleaders at least recognize that. So, if anybody from Boston, Seattle, San Diego, or anywhere else has some good advice for us, there are few people in Southeast Michigan who would get offended.
Yes, some of the suggestions from our Xconomists might make a few Detroiters mad. Others reflect things that are already being done, and still others are direct criticisms of actions being taken. Well, we have a couple more weeks of these posts coming up, and we want to encourage you to contribute ideas of your own, or agree or disagree with what has been discussed so far. When it’s over, I’ll have a few things to say about these ideas. Meanwhile, please let us know what you think.
Here are some of the ideas our Xconomists and others have come up with, along with links to their full columns. You can contribute to the comments section on individual posts, or let us know, in general, what you think of the series at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robotics and industrial automation: Detroit should own that industry (Michael A. Greeley)
- Bulldoze Hamtramck, except for the big warehouses; turn them into “exploratoriums.” (Larry Bock)
- Celebrate entrepreneurs like the Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup (Bill Aulet)
- Re-evaluate the auto industry’s business model (Deborah Dunsire)
- Invest in education and training (Paul Grayson)
- Learn to love constraints (Richard Gayle)
- Create a business tax structure friendly to money-losing businesses (Carl Weissman)
- Root for the Red Wings (the Tigers are going nowhere) (Ed Lazowska)
- Go back to the basics, take care of your customers (Clif Alferness)
- Don’t even start if your “stool” has only two legs! (William Rastetter)
- Lure top management talent to Michigan (Gary Glick)
- Hold on to your brightest young people (Matthew O’Donnell)
- Bring more venture capital into the region (Robert Langer)
- Make government an enabler, not an impediment (Robert Purcell)
- Invest in the convergence of sciences, engineering and IT (Phillip Sharp)
- Develop a package of support systems for new entrepreneurs (Randal Charlton)
- Pick one geographic area, and a few technologies, and strengthen them (George Whitesides)