Is Illinois being overlooked as an innovation hub?

John Wasik and Justin Kaufmann

Award-winning journalist and author John F. Wasik joins Justin to discuss innovation in Illinois as well as his book, “Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla.” John talks about the history of innovation in Illinois, where his interest in innovation comes from, why Illinois is a hotbed for creativity, the concept of “Prairie Power,” how the modern city was invented in Chicago, why Illinois is overlooked as an innovation hub, the diversity of industry in Illinois, how John Deere changed agriculture, Abraham Lincoln’s role in the history of innovation in Illinois, the need for risk and aspiration when being a creator, the educational landscape of Illinois being the foundation of innovation and what needs to be in place for innovation to continue to thrive in Illinois. Details on how you can attend a discussion about innovation with John at Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills here.

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