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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Little Boxes

Yesterday I attended the 2010 Legislative Roundtable at Georgia Tech, organized jointly by the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Technology Association of Georgia. The purpose of the event was to bring together business leaders and state legislators with academics and others to discuss matters related to science and technology policy in Georgia.

After the opening plenary, there were four sessions, one each on energy, transportation and logistics, health IT, and education. I attended the sessions on energy and transportation, and was immediately struck by the same pattern I noticed at CNU 18 back in the spring: the world of policy and practice is divided up into lots of little boxes. What is of central importance in one box may not even be of peripheral concern in the box right next to it, even if there are obvious connections between the two boxes.