Question I am sometimes asked is this: “Innovation is a great thing and we would love to have it but what if we have to sacrifice other things we value for the sake of innovation, is it worth it? Should we be doing that? What about social justice, equality, etc.?” I want to give two responses to the question. One is going to focus upon the capacity of an innovative society to fulfill a multitude of social values not just the value of innovation. The second one is going to be to talk a little bit about what is sometimes called social entrepreneurship -- the innovative activities of directly addressing the creation or enhancement of social values through a variety of activities.
Lecture was filmed during MC 390 class, Fall 2009 at the Michigan State University Podcast Studio. Creative Commons License: Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivatives; held by Michigan State University and Ross Emmett. Used with permission. For details, see Ross Emmett's website,

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