Monthly Archives: October 2012

Effectively Organizing to Solve the Problem

By: William Generett Jr., J.D. Like many social problems, the work necessary to connect underserved communities to the innovation economy is very complex. It is a problem that cannot be solved by one sector alone. A public private partnership comprise of a diverse set of stakeholders must come together and work together to solve this problem. To organize the public private partnership a committed anchor institution should take the lead in organizing this public private partnership. The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (now Urban Innovation21) was spearheaded by Duquesne University. Duquesne University, the second largest university in Pittsburgh, created and…

Supporting the Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh region is one of 20 areas across the country to have recently secured a federal in Read More >  

Why I Can Cheer for and Support Innovation Success while also Challenging it to Be More Inclusive

Oct 01, 2012 at 3:42pm by: William Generett Jr., J.D. The great philosopher WEB Dubois spoke about a “double consciousness” or a lens through which many African Americans view the world. At this point in life, my African American “double consciousness” entails viewing the world as a “Pittsburgher” and as an “African American Pittsburgher”. When I left the city in 1989, like many other young African American men that had the opportunity to leave, I swore that I would never come back. At the time Pittsburgh was reeling from the closing of the Steel Mills. There were few job opportunities…

Why I Can Cheer for and Support Innovation Success while also Challenging it to Be More Inclusive

Oct 01, 2012 at 3:42pm by: William Generett Jr., J.D. The great philosopher WEB Dubois spoke about a “double consciousness” or a lens through which many African Americans view the world. At this point in life, my African American “double consciousness” entails viewing the world as a “Pittsburgher” and as an “African American Pittsburgher”. When I left the city in 1989, like many other young African American men that had the opportunity to leave, I swore that I would never come back. At the time Pittsburgh was reeling from the closing of the Steel Mills. There were few job opportunities…