Engage creative thinkers and pilot bold innovations, especially technology-based solutions. This is an underdeveloped area that could provide the cost-effectiveness required to make the system comprehensive, universal, and lifelong. Consider a competitive process to solicit ideas.
One approach would be to launch a competition similar to the X PRIZE, a $10 million-plus award given to the first team to achieve a specific goal set by the X PRIZE Foundation. While this type of funding often comes from private foundations, the federal government could develop similar competitions or leverage private funders to encourage creative approaches.
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