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Equality and Diversity in America Produces Innovation

There is no magic formula to determine which individuals over their lifetime may produce valuable innovation that impacts the lives of people worldwide. And equality is essential to provide a genuine level playing field that allows us to maximize each unique contribution.

Most people go through challenging periods in their lives. But the fleeting moments, should not be the final defining or summary judgment of their potential future contributions. And a stigma should not be attached to a person based on the color of their skin, cultural heritage or religious beliefs, so as too damage any ability to enjoy the freedoms of equality that allows access to create innovation. We must approach each individual with equal respect, regardless of appearance or past indiscretions, affording equal opportunity in order to achieve true unity in America. If you believe most people are good, than such a path will achieve our common goal in America of prosperity, pursuit of happiness and freedom for all.

Diversity based on equal opportunity is a critical building block for business innovation. And studies prove global gross domestic product would increase almost $8 Trillion about 10% overall with a greater culture of innovation and equality in all countries. Today, innovation equals economic survival. In this age of widespread disruption, companies must innovate continuously, creating unique new markets, experiences, products, services, content or processes writes .

But the inconvenient truth of equality in America over the past 243 years is that it's never actually existed for many. Admitting such a fault is truly liberating and allows us to address real solutions that benefit everyone, but foremost our children and future generations.

The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence starts as follows : "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Although, we continue to work towards these goals in The United States, the aspiration of equality and justice for all in America has never really been achieved. Let's face it if your black, Asian, native American or Hispanic in America, there's often a stigma attached that limits full opportunity.

Even now in 2021, since the inception of The United States, many still experience daily the lack of equality and justice. Just ask the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Jacob Blake, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and thousands of other Americans. It highlights the need for a renewed focus on the important value and respect for human life.

For example, the fatal police shootings in the United States seem to only be increasing, with a total 1,025 civilians having been shot, 228 of whom were Black, in 2020. In 2018, there were 996 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 this figure increased to 1,004. Additionally, the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans was much higher than that for any other ethnicity, standing at 34 fatal shootings per million of the population, December 2020.

Compared to other major developed countries its clear, many cops in America are out of control and should be held accountable for their actions through voter changes in U.S. Law to eliminate unjust "Qualified Immunity" statues and unequal "Plea Bargains" in 97% of all criminal cases that enable police to treat people poorly without impunity, particularly those of low income and color. America's "justice" system" is clearly broken. It's just a business now. And the financial expense to defend oneself is far out of reach for ordinary Americans.

America will never achieve the almost perfect union it seeks according to the US Constitution without holding law enforcement and government officials accountable and facilitating tangible equality for all ordinary Americans with social equality, job equality, affordable education and healthcare and freedom of cultural diversity. All elements that create a wholesome foundation of prosperity, greater happiness and innovation in order to secure America as a world leader writes

Achieving a truly wholesome and equal America would deliver greater innovation, as a major economic result adding Trillions to GDP. The core of democracy and capitalism is innovation. The freedom to help steer and take ownership in our country and produce inspiring new products, services and materials could propel a more unified mindset building on the contributions of each individual. A basis of self worth rooted in progress, making it available to every man, woman and child of all ethnic groups, races and religions in America. The full acceptance of sustainable policies that truly make America unique, as a world leader. The dedication to a future rooted in science and pursuit of knowledge -

Key Elements for Innovation and Creation of Value

  1. Collaboration that requires a bipartisan, team effort involving compromise

  2. Freedom to Express New Ideas often requires unique exploration without degradation

  3. Value Creation define new opportunities, address significant needs and solutions

  4. Implementation underscores the need for unifying leadership, resources and adjustments during the process

And history shows you never really know where added value and innovation may come from, even those people "once considered slaves of little or no value" such as;

Andrew J. Beard (1849–1921) was born into slavery in Alabama and gained his freedom when he was fifteen. He invented his own flour mill, a rotary steam engine, and two kinds of plows before he went to work for the railroad in the 1890s.

Railroads connected the busy east coast of the United States with the frontier states in the west. They transformed communication and travel. Working for various rail companies, Beard created his most famous invention, the Jenny coupler. The Jenny coupler automatically locked train cars together when they bumped into each other. This made connecting long trains for travel and trade much easier. Before the invention of the Jenny coupler, workers had to insert a metal pin to link the cars as they came together. It was very dangerous work, and Beard saw and heard about many gruesome accidents. The Jenny coupler was an invention that saved the lives of countless railroad workers.

Henry Blair (1804–1860) the first black man to be identified on a U.S. patent application. The identification of Blair as black was an accident, as the U.S. Patent Office usually didn't identify patent holders by race.

Very little is known about Henry Blair, other than he must have been a free black man. Enslaved peoples weren't allowed to hold patents. Blair was awarded the patent in 1834 for a corn planter. The corn planter combined plowing, placing the seeds, and covering the seeds with soil. Blair was awarded a second patent for a cotton seed planter in 1836.

Solomon Brown (1851–1923) an educator who worked with such prominent African Americans as Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois, and Charles Chesnutt. Browne was especially concerned with education, and traveled to Liberia to compare the education system there to the one in the United States.

Browne was also a practical man, interested in improving the lives of everyday people. He invented a machine that trapped sewer water and stopped it from flowing back into a house. This helped residents live healthier lives. Browne was granted the patent on April 29, 1890.

George Washington Carver (1864–1943) an agricultural chemist famous for improving the lives of poor farmers through new farming methods.

During much of the 19th century, Southern farmers planted cotton year after year, which depleted the soil of vital nutrients. Carver’s experiments found the peanut plant restored nitrogen to the topsoil and made it healthy again. Planting peanuts one year and cotton the next increased the life of the soil. This planting process is called crop rotation.

Shelby Davidson (1868–1931) worked for the United States Postal Service. He did not deliver mail, however. He worked in the auditing department, keeping track of numbers and schedules. Davidson invented a rewind device for adding machines in 1908. The rewind device reduced the amount of paper and time clerical workers spent on paperwork. Davidson also invented an automatic fee device in 1911 that allowed postal workers to work more efficiently.

Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) was a member of Thomas Edison’s research team and became the head draftsman for General Electric.

A draftsman is a person who draws pictures of buildings, machinery, or inventions. These drawings can determine the success or failure of the patent application. Latimer did the draft work for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone; Bell received his patent in 1876.

In 1882, Latimer invented a carbonfilament to use in light bulbs. It lasted longer and was cheaper than Edison’s first design. Edison’s company hired Latimer soon after.

Latimer also designed a bathroom for railroad cars, a disinfecting and cooling device, a hat and coat rack, locking umbrellas, and a device for supporting books.

John Parker (1827–1900) owned three of the seventy-seven patents issued to African Americans by 1886. He was only one out of fifty-five African Americans to be granted more than one patent in the U.S. by 1900. He is best known for patenting a portable tobaccoscrew press. This was used for cutting tobacco.

Parker was also a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. From his home in Ripley, Ohio, Parker helped more than one thousand enslaved people receive their freedom.

Sarah Breedlove Walker (1867–1919), also known as Madame C. J. Walker, is probably the most famous African American woman inventor.

Walker invented the hot comb and a pomade to make hair soft and shiny. Before the hot comb, African Americans straightened their hair on ironing boards. Many people had burns on the face and scalp, as well as damaged hair, because of this. Walker revolutionized the African American cosmetics industry.

To increase business for her beauty products, Madame C. J. Walker organized saleswomen into "Walker Clubs," a system copied later by Mary Kay Cosmetics. In 1908, she founded Lelia College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to train women to sell her products.

This marketing system worked very well. Walker became the first African American woman millionaire. She employed 3,000 people in her Indianapolis, Indiana, factory. Madam C. J. Walker gave generously to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) and other nonprofit groups or charities. She also funded scholarships for women to go to college.

Hispanics that changed our world including ...

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut. She went on four missions with NASA, spending 978 hours in outer space. She also added co-inventor to her resume when she helped develop three patents in the field of optics. Her inventions now help NASA process information collected on missions.

Ochoa’s family is originally from Mexico, but they moved to California before she was born. Ellen grew up in the Golden State and attended San Diego State University for a degree in Physics.

Her fascination with the field of optics came during her time as a fellowship student at Stanford University. There she developed three optics-related patents, which help computers process information more quickly and efficiently.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, from 2013-2018, Dr. Ochoa worked as the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Gonzalez Camárena received a patent for “a chromoscopic adapter for television equipment” in 1942. In other words, his invention helped introduce the world to colored television.

So every time you turn on the TV and enjoy your favorite show or sport, remember the contributions of González Camarena, born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Luis von Ahn is regarded as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. However, he is most well-known for two significant contributions to modern technology—the reCAPTCHA system and Duolingo.

You may not know what reCAPTCHA is, but you see it almost every time you sign into a new website. It’s those “I am not a robot” checkboxes and distorted text images that you have to complete before accessing certain pages. Though annoying at times, reCAPTCHA helps computers differentiate between robots and human beings, keeping internet users safe from malware and spam.

Luis von Ahn is also the co-founder of Duolingo, a completely free app that has caused major buzz among those wanting to learn another language. The app provides free language education covering 33 languages and serving about 300 million users worldwide according to NBC News.

Raised in Guatemala, Ahn received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He recently won the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize and currently works full-time as the CEO of Duolingo.

Alejandro Zaffaroni, born in Uruguay was one of the most innovative and impactful pioneers in the history of biotechnology.

His revolutionary work is something many of us benefit from directly on a regular basis. What exactly do we have to thank him for? Well, Zaffaroni helped create multiple biotechnology companies that are responsible for many brilliant medical breakthroughs. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Zaffaroni played a major role in the development of “extended-release tablets, implantable devices, transdermal patches (notably the NicoDerm CQ nicotine patch), and inhalers, such as Adasuve.” He also served as the head of research at a pharmaceutical company that developed one of the earliest effective birth control pills.

Even after his death in 2014, Zaffaroni’s work continues to live on. His legacy is lasting, and his inventions are helping humans have a higher quality of life each day.

Dr. Domingo Liotta, born in Argentina, regarded as a pioneer in the medical community. Liotta is not only a gifted heart surgeon, but he’s also responsible for creating the first artificial heart used in a human being.

Dr. Liotta developed the organ in 1969 at a hospital in Houston, Texas. According to the National Museum of American History, it was implanted in a patient while they waited for a real human heart to be available for transplant. The recipient lived for 64 hours with the artificial heart before receiving a real one. This procedure proved to be a viable option as a bridge to cardiac transplantation.

Dr. Liotta graduated from the National University of Cordoba in Argentina where he received his doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Before being hired at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas as Director of the Artificial Heart Program, he worked in Lyon, France.

And keep an open mind to provide equal opportunities to the valuable contributions of ex-convicts and those with past criminal records to make an influential difference on America. If a person paid their debt to society, let's facilitate their right to equal opportunity and give the respect as human beings and creators of innovation.

Robert Downey, Jr

Robert Downey, Jr has served jail time for multiple drug-related charges (involving heroin, marijuana and cocaine). He also attempted multiple rehabilitation and drug treatment programs. Although he has been candid about his battle with addiction, he has since enjoyed a comeback and starred in several blockbuster films.

Tim Allen

Before Tim Allen became a famous celebrity, he served two years and four months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minnesota for cocaine possession and drug trafficking. After his stint in prison he turned his life around and became a famous Hollywood actor.

Christian Slater

Actor Christian Slater suffered some setbacks when he served 59 days in jail after assault on his girlfriend and a police officer. He had been arrested prior to that for drunk driving, boarding a plane with a gun and another episode of assault. After jail and rehab, he was able to successfully turn his career around and enjoy a comeback.

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo was in and out of prisons for charges relating to both robbery and drugs. He finally turned his life around and broke free of his addictions. He now plays the tough guy onscreen in many television shows and action films.

Malcolm X

Before he was known as Malcolm X, Malcolm Little says he committed acts of petty larceny while hustling in Harlem and Boston. During his jail time, Malcolm converted to Islam and became a powerful leader, preaching a message of peace and standing up for African-American rights.

Martha Stewart

In 2004, Stewart was convicted of charges related to the ImClone stock trading case; she served five months in federal prison and was released in March 2005.

Muhammad Ali

In 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. Subsequently, Ali become one of the greatest American leaders and icons ever, sportsman and businessman. History, proves Ali as a great innovator and true citizen.

Jack Kevorkian

A doctor who lead the way at great personal expense to give the final choice of dying to terminally ill patients. He spent 8 years in jail for it. The practice is now legal in many states and widely considered a human right to end ones life by choice in terminal illness situations.

Kweisi Mfume

Did several stints in jail before becoming a Congressman and serving as president of the NAACP.

Junior Johnson

Junior went to jail for smuggling alcohol before becoming a NASCAR driver

Judge Greg Mathis

Former addict, gang member and served time in jail before launching his own Court TV show

Michael Vick

NFL Football Quarterback went to prison for 18 months for running a dog-fighting ring before getting signed by the Eagles in 2009 playing a number of years and later become a top Sport broadcaster.

Kevin Mitnick

Former hacker spent years on the FBI's Most Wanted list before launching his own security firm, considered a industry leading entrepreneur.

Georgia Durante

A former model, married into Mafia family becoming getaway driver before starting a stunt-driving company, appearing in over 100 Hollywood movies

Conclusion ...

Innovation is the secret sauce that built America. But we got thus far with "one arm tied behind our back", imagine what America could do if we achieved true sustainable equality. It's an economic possibility that would propel TRILLIONS in added U.S. GDP, but only achievable through better diversity, a culture of equality and unique individual contributions accessible to all races, religions and genders in America. Otherwise, we all come up short of our full potential and concede major leadership advantages to emerging economic powers.

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