Small is beautiful — Technology as if people mattered
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Two of the barriers that hamper the federal technology transfer process include thebigness of the federal government — the person or group with a problem not being able to penetrate the federal bureaucracy and theappropriateness of the technology being unsuited to solve the problem.
Special efforts are being made at NADC and other federal R&D laboratories to communicate with state and local agencies on a person-to-person basis, which is a key to overcoming the “bigness” problem. As communications improve, the problems of local communities can be better understood and appropriate resources can be applied to them.
Hopefully, with the establishment of active technology transfer programs at all levels of the federal government and an understanding of the barriers that have hampered the process, we will see changes that will benefit all of us. As Dr. Rene Dubos has been credited with stating, “We must not ask where science and technology are taking us, but rather how we can manage science and technology so that they can take us where we want to go.”
KeywordsEconomic Growth Local Community Transfer Process Technology Transfer Federal Government
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