I usually roll my eyes concerning talks or articles that are organized as “the three E’s” or “the four F’s.” But this one - ”After the Stimulus” - caught my eye and left me nodding my head in agreement. Whether you talk about your region or the nation as a whole, innovation, intellect, and infrastructure are certainly three necessary building blocks to success.

You might think that while infrastructure is primarily a resource allocation issue, innovation and intellect are no respecters of color, creed, or socio-economic status. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, as we do a pretty good job in this country of systematically excluding people from the conversation, losing out on their creativity and their contribution as a result.

Thus, it is incumbent on those of who are in the right networks to do our best to extend those networks out to those whose innovation and intellect merit their inclusion but who are not yet in because of perennial under-representations based on color, creed, or socio-economic status. After all, the intellectual creativity and social insight that ignites innovation, which in turn ignites our economies, is blind to such distinctions. As is the God who created and distributed such creativity and insight in the first place.
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