Interviewer: Today, the 21st January 2021, the day after the new president of the United States was inaugurated
- which may not be a bad time for this particular interview - I'm speaking to Katherine Gehl,
founder of The Institute for Political Innovation, author (with Professor Michael Porter,
of Harvard University) of 'The Politics Industry: How Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock
and Save Our Democracy', previously President and CEO of Gehl Foods.
Not to put words into her mouth, what I would like to ask to start with is:
what is the purpose of the Institute for Political Innovation, what are you trying to achieve?
Ms. Gehl: Thank you Neil, I'm so happy to be talking to you today.
Our institute's purpose is a long-term one, which is to say innovation is the key to progress in so many industries,
yet in our political system in the United States, we really haven't had much innovation.
We have stuck with the rules, and the structures, and the habits and traditions
the way they are, and that is part of what's led us to the dysfunction that we see today.
For the institute, the goal is to stay ahead on innovation in an ongoing fashion.
It was founded, however, out of the momentum and desire for specific innovation that I have