My take on employers treating the people they employ as "stupid people" must be "stupid" themselves. My wife's company bought each employee an expensive IBM notebook and locked up the installation of softwares, and if that's not enough they also set the security for the emails so high most of the employees couldn't use emails reliably. So, what do you think the workers do to the expensive notebooks. You're right! Most of them just stopped using them except for paper weights? The moral here is "let them explore and soon the creativity juice will flow". just my 2 cents worth...
"do the right thing. make your mother proud".