Carroll G. Robinson, Esq.Associate ProfessorCo-Principal Investigator, TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical&Chairman, Houston Citizens Chamber of CommerceSecond V.P., NAACP Houston Branch NBC-LEO National League of Cities Beaumont, Texas August 11, 2011 African Americans and the Future Jobs, Unemployment and Business Opportunities 1 Texas Southern University
Willie L. Brown, Jr., Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times
Dr. Robert Holmes, Maynard Jackson: A Biography
* Be non-partisan in you’re reading. Good ideas come from many places (“Joseph Charles of Royalty, Deputy Registrar and President of the United States.”) Plus you always want to know what everyone else is thinking and doing. 3
“Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. We cross what in an earlier book (The New Realities (1989)) I called a “divide.” Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structure: its arts; its key institutions. Fifty years later there is a new world… We are currently living through just such a transformation… …[I]f history is any guide, it will not be completed until 2010 or 2020”
The Daily Drucker,“the most important work of the executive is to identify the changes that have already happened. The important challenge in society, economics, politics, is to exploit the changes that have already occurred and to use them as opportunities. The important thing is to identify the “future that has already happened”… (Peter F. Drucker, The Ecological Vision and The Age of Discontinuity.)
Bill Clinton, It’s Still The Economy, Stupid, Newsweek, June 19, 2011, http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/06/19/it-s-still-the-economy-stupid.html
Thomas Friedman, The debt debate: Why Can’t We Do It Right This Time?, Houston Chronicle, July 27, 2011, pg B7. (Can’t We Do This Right?, The New York Times, July 27, 2011, pg. A23.)
What will America need to thrive in this world and how should we adapt our unique formula for success?
Educating the workforce up to and beyond whatever technology demands; Building the world’s best infrastructure; Attracting the world’s most dynamic and high – IQ immigrants; Putting together the best regulations to incentivize risk – taking while curbing recklessness; and Funding research to push out the boundaries of science… then let capitalist pluck off the most promising ideas for new business(es). 7
Chip Mellon and Dick Carpenter, Want Jobs? Cut Local Regulations, The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2011, pg. A15.
Carl Schramm and Robert Litan, Kauffman Foundation “Startup Act.” (Nurturing Startups, The Street Journal, July 29, 2011, pg. A12) * Unlimited annual supply of “entrepreneurs Visa” available to any immigrant who wanted to come to the U.S. to start a business, with a particular focus on newcomers with expertise in engineering, science and technology.
*(cf. 65,000 H1-B Visas, U.S. Business Leaders Press Senate Panel For More Work Visas, The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2011, pg. B5. 8