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... This monograph presents an analysis of interviews with 60 innovators and insights from expert discussions at a workshop to identify the skills and attributes, experiences, and environments that contribute to innovators' development and success. PROJECT OVERVIEW Efforts to improve the capacity of individuals and organizations to innovate must be a high national priority to ensure that the United States remains a leader in the global   President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 25, 2011.
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... The innovators have distinguished themselves in diverse fields; they include professors, researchers, engineers, innovation authors, artists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and technical and business leaders of small and large businesses.3 The interview questions were designed to elicit narratives of personal experiences and perspectives on success in innovating and on factors that contribute to that success. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and reviewed by the interviewees for accuracy.
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... WORKSHOP The workshop brought together 56 stakeholders -- including 23 of the interviewed i ­ nnovators -- representing large business, small business, academia, and K–12 education to examine the interview results and consider ways to enhance education to better prepare students to be innovative.4 The perspective of large businesses is relevant because they typically run internal programs that foster innovators; on the other hand, small businesses typically do not have programs devoted to innovation and yet have led to several innovations. Academics play the dual role of being innovators and being responsible for preparing future generations of innovators.
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... Specific skills, experiences, and environments that contribute to the success of innovators are described in chapter 4, drawing on the observations of both the interviewees and the workshop participants. Chapter 5 presents key discussions, "takeaways," and suggested next steps based on the guided discussions in the three breakout sessions at the workshop.

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