Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

Dan Berglund
Sep 15 2017
8:30 am - 9:45 am

Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.

Speakers

  • Dan Berglund, President and CEO, SSTI
  • Kent Glasscock, President, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization
  • Tom Sheridan, President, The Sheridan Group