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promo4Innovation, The Key to Prosperity: Technology and America’s Role in the 21st Century Global Economy,  is an absorbing read by Aris Institute founder and chairman Aris Melissaratos and scholar N.J. Slabbert. In clear, non-technical language they survey the role of technological evolution in history, especially American history, and explain why a recommitment to technological innovation is crucial to America’s prosperity in the 21st century. Mr Melissaratos’s penetrating insights reflect his three-decades-plus leadership experience in one of the US’s leading technological research corporations, Westinghouse. Mr Slabbert, a scholar of intellectual history as well as a former Reader’s Digest senior editor and staff writer, contributes a crisp summary of some of the key technological breakthroughs that shaped contemporary civilization. The authors argue that in the second half of the 20th century the US lost much of its defining technological momentum but managed to mask this decline with creative marketing and Wall Street publicity. They set out a thought-provoking vision of the road America must follow to re-energize itself technologically and economically. A book choice of both the American Society of Mechnical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. On its publication, the work of the authors was spotlighted as the cover story of the ASME national magazine under the title ENGINEERS AS VISIONARIES. To order an unautographed copy of the book or an e-book version, go here.

 To order an autographed copy, click the ad on the right. Here are some comments on the book:

“The authors make  a compelling case that America MUST reclaim its leadership in science and technology–and that we’d better get moving before it’s too late!” -Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce

“A succinct, well-informed analysis of the potential which technological innovation combined with sound public policy holds for the future of our nation and world … a challenge to government, business, academia. A prudent yet visionary rallying call for all who believe that American leadership can help achieve a more prosperous and stable 21st century. A most timely book in an era of rapid change.” -Paul S Sarbanes, US Senator 1977–2007

“This book’s motivating, thought-provoking message could not have come at a better time for America and the world. It is a stimulating, readable and valuable overview of technological innovation’s role as the creative engine of our civilization.” - Prof Jacques S Gansler, Director: Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland, former US Undersecretary of Defense

“By identifying and vividly explaining innovation, technological advance and education as driving forces of the U.S. economy, Melissaratos and Slabbert excitingly signpost the way out of America’s crisis of confidence. All business, government and educational leaders will benefit from this timely, nationally and internationally relevant work, which convincingly shows that industrial and manufacturing ingenuity is an engine of limitless economic growth potential.” - Emily DeRocco, US Assistant Secretary of Labor 2001-2008

“There is only one way out of the country’s economic, environmental and energy mess and it is described with rare clarity in this book.” – Richard McCormack, Editor & Publisher, Manufacturing & Technology News

“We urgently need the excellent antidote to pessimism that Melissaratos and Slabbert offer. They remind us of the power and adventure of human intelligence. Essential reading for everyone who is in any way concerned with public policy or entrepreneurial development.” - Gilbert F Decker, former Science Advisor to the US Secretary of Defense, former Chairman, Army Science Board, former Executive VP, Walt Disney Imagineering

“This wise and well-written book, inspired by an immigrant’s optimism, shows lucidly how and why America must marshal its capacity for innovation and ingenuity in order to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century.” – George Vradenburg, former Executive VP, AOL-Time Warner


Factors That Influence Innovation


Educate to Innovate: Factors That Influence Innovation Based on Input from Innovators and Shareholders By Arden Bement, Jr, Debasish Dutta, Lalit Patil (National Academy of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

How is the United States preparing its students and workers to innovate? What skills and attributes need to be nurtured? In summarizing a workshop in which innovators and leaders from various fields shared insights on innovation and education, this book describes the skills, experiences, and environments that contribute to the success of innovators, and suggests steps to apply the workshop’s content. We hope you’ll enjoy reading or even just browsing through this interesting volume, and we hope you’ll come back to this page in future for our further read-free-online book recommendations!


Buckminster Fuller


If we were pressed to name a single figure who vividly represents the vision, intellectual challenges and societal concerns of the 21st-century technology innovation landscape, a good choice would be the inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller. The drama of the 20th century’s transition from the industrial to a post-industrial era are provocatively summed up by this intriguing man’s successes, failures, philosophical struggles, interdisciplinary intelligence, private sector energies and public interest agenda. As we move further into the second decade of a new millennium, it’s timely to take a fresh look at Fuller’s life and thought. As a start, here’s an article you can read right now. And please come back to this page in future for further read-free-online articles!


Schimpff_bookThe Future of Health-Care Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You

by Stephen Schimpff, MD

If you think Americans have the best healthcare system in the world, think again. Dr Schimpff explains why our health-care delivery system serves us so poorly, why it costs so much, and why government policy over many decades hasn’t just failed to improve our healthcare but has made it worse.


The Future of Medicine: Megatrends in Healthcare That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

by Stephen Schimpff, MD

Meet the future of healthcare. Dr Schimpff, a professor of both medicine and public policy, and a consultant to the US Army on the operating environment of the future, explains how robots and other new technologies have already begun to bring about changes that will soon transform medical services.


The Moral Compass: Leadership for a Free World

by Lindsay J Thompson, PhD

A distinguished business ethicist’s draws on insights from a variety of cultures to conduct a readable discussion of morality in the practical world, against a background of growing recognition that successive leadership in business, government and elsewhere requires both a sense of values and the skill to connect those values to strategic decision-making.


The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era

by Craig Nelson

The bestselling author of Rocket Men tells the story of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the atom, brought its power to America and forever changed the nature of war, peace and the human sense of technological capability.


Green Design: From Theory to Practice

by Ken Yeang

The father of green skyscraper design has edited this authoritative overview of what sustainability and environmental responsibility in creative architecture really mean. Under Dr Yeang’s baton a forum of leading design minds examine implications that reach far beyond buildings to energy use, transport, manufacturing, the food industries, and our lifestyle as a civilization.


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