Timothy R. Clark: Real job creation requires finding ways to make people curious

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  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    May 22, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    No industry has more problems than the Airline Industry and yet the problems are so transparent. We don't make it easy for creative people to play in that space. In many cases its illegal! and it is certainly expensive.

    Jetblue would not be a success story without the $200,000,000 it took to acquire assets with cash and satisfy the government regulations for an airline starting from scratch.

    Millions are borrowed only to have the debt offloaded through bankruptcy and start the cycle again with excited new investors.

    How can airlines and unions learn from their mistakes(the creative process) if change only comes by court order and government shouldering the load.
    Why protect a company that is on its 3rd, 4th, 5th mass of owners but continues to fail.

    Like a jello mold, we've propped up this unwieldy mass of shareholders and banks and created a barrier against new ideas.

    Imagine an airline based out of Utah running on natural gas competing with a Texas airline running diesel and a California airline attempting to run on solar power, funky underwear and hippy juice.
    Let creative destruction take its course.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 22, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Great words: The answers are really that simple, but in a world where everyone is more interested in living the 'good life', it has been squandered for many. Many have delegating all that 'curiosity' to a government landlord which then begins to suppress curiosity, demand allegiance, suspend choice, and confiscate individuality. Real 'curiosity' begins with liberty! Without liberty, contempt abounds, and curiosity suffers. A return to fundamental principles will bring a new generation of 'curious' thinkers who can change the world! It is actually already happening. Best get on board, without asking for the government to help you!

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 22, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    I like Timothy Clark's thinking here. More creative thinking would produce new gadgets and services we haven't thought of yet.

    The devil is in the details, though, and in the real world, people are less interested in rewarding effort, and more interested in rewarding results, quality and low cost.

    There was a well known software company in Orem that was renowned for excellent customer service. Customers who encountered problems were delighted by the friendly, helpful service they got from the good people in Utah County, who often spoke their own language (in the case of international customers).

    This company got blown out of the water by a competitor whose software didn't require as much support and had fewer problems.

    I'm not sure there are enough job opportunities for all the creative ideas. It seems more like somebody comes up with an innovative concept, with limited jobs to support that product or service, while it lasts.

    The online shopping revolution is creating some really lousy warehouse jobs where the employees have high levels of dissatisfaction, but those jobs are going away anyway as the distribution centers become fully automatied via robotics.

  • Leftcoastrocky Los Angeles, CA
    May 22, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    In other words, our public schools should be doing more than just "teaching to the test."