Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

Innovating a human
future of work

The People Centered Economy

i4j Menlo Park: Carol Dahl

“We think invention is a critical part of the economy and a way to actually create businesses and create jobs for the future.”

Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation

  • Inventiveness is critical for economic success
  • Not many blanket economic solutions
    • Effective economic solutions practiced by the US are not
  • necessarily applicable in foreign economies
  • Focus on building an environment that supports innovation
    • Programs to help educate young inventors
    • Programs to fund innovation
    • Entrepreneurship training

#Innovation #LemelsonFoundation #XPrize #GrandChallenge #NationalCollegiateInventorsAndInnovatorsAlliance

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.