Manufacturing Renaissance has always valued the importance of strategic vision in guiding our practical work. As a friend said, “If you don’t have a strategy, you are following someone else’s.” I founded Manufacturing Renaissance in 1983 with this perspective in mind believing that we are in a period that is ripe for fundamental change. This change requires critical thinking, evaluation, debate, and intellectual work. Not only do we need to critique what’s not working but also advance a positive alternative. That’s what we have done in our 37 year history. In coming newsletters, I will be sharing my views on these larger topics including what I'm reading, writing about, and thinking. We are always eager for your comments and suggestions.