Low Maintenance: Why Our Obsession with Innovation is a Problem

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TEDxBryantU; 2018; speech; innovation; public systems


Bryant University

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Roach lays the groundwork for why and how innovation has lost its meaning through looking at our current public systems.

Tom Roach came to Bryant University in 2006 after receiving his PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. At Bryant, he holds the positions of Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies (now the Department of History, Literature, and the Arts) and Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

His first book, Friendship as a Way of Life: Foucault, AIDS, and the Politics of Shared Estrangement, was published by SUNY Press in 2012. His second book, Screen Love: Queer Intimacies in the Age of Social Media, is currently under contract with SUNY Press and was published in 2021.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.