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Jul 20, 201710:46 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Fairness or the future?

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The future marches on and won’t wait for us to figure out what’s fair. The body gap provides opportunities to react in a way that pulls whole classes of people out of poverty and solidly into the middle class. Applied research and new technology will make American manufacturing more competitive than at any time since the 1960s. All of us can benefit from a more connected and interdependent world — provided we focus on what’s right for the future.

We can waste tremendous amounts of time arguing and being distracted by what’s fair when it’s much easier to agree on what will position the next generation for success. It’s much faster to create solutions and approaches that provide broader opportunities to more people. The future is calling and we know what needs to be done to make it a better and brighter place.

I challenge you to think about your world in a different way for the rest of the summer. Instead of becoming absorbed and distracted by what’s fair, think more about what’s right and creates the greatest benefit for everyone. If you’re a member of Wisconsin’s upper class, think about the struggling family trying to make ends meet. If you’re from the Madison to Milwaukee I-94 corridor, think about the challenges facing rural areas of the state. If you’re a member of the resistance movement, think about how capitalism and a strong economy help us all.

If we each invest a few more minutes to think from these different perspectives, we put ourselves in position to take the actions necessary to create a brighter future for everyone. More possibilities emerge to cooperate and share success with the widest possible audience. It’s time to focus on what’s right and take advantage of the opportunities presented to us.

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Jul 24, 2017 01:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

One problem is the body gap has not pulled families out of poverty and into the middle class though it has made poverty more sustainable. That is the challenge currently facing America and much of it is caused by our policies that support maintaining poverty as opposed to moving people into self-sufficiency. Those were created by business lobbyists.

Much though of the fairness or perception issues talked about here seems from my experience living/working in several states seems to be far more intensive here than elsewhere- it is a Wisconsin cultural thing. In many places success becomes something to understand and emulate. latch onto. Here (and especially in areas outside Dane) success often is a reason to complain and try to pull people down .

Cultural change is probably key to the economic development of much of the state .

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Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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