Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

A Nation of Innovation

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

A Nation of Innovation

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Twitter, Facebook, iPhones, GPS, digital sound--the endless stream of technological, social, and artistic advances is a modern by-product of one of our country's greatest assets--American ingenuity.

For two centuries, America has reigned as the most innovative nation on the planet--a force nourished by limitless curiosity, an openness to new ideas, and a system that allows creative minds to flourish.

"Ever since the Founding Fathers hatched a new nation in 1776, the ability to create something new, something revolutionary, has been hailed as an essential part of the American spirit," notes Elizabeth Svoboda, author of "Profiles in Creativity" (page 40). "Images of Thomas Edison's first light bulb flickering to life, of Alexander Graham Bell shouting 'Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you' into the first telephone receiver, areas much a part of our cultural lexicon as George Washington's Revolutionary War victories."

The need for something better spawned the outpouring of creativity that prompted an unparalleled wave of discovery chronicled in our feature story "12 Innovations That Changed Our World."

"That spirit became part of our national DNA," historian Frederick Allen writes in his essay "American Ingenuity."

The process continues. At any given moment, millions of tinkerers and dreamers in garages, basements, and laboratories strive at breakneck speed to create something "better" that will once again change the fabric of our lives.

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