The most important thing is not to never fall, it is to rise again after every fall. Old Chinese saying
What does imagination, creativity have to do with innovation? Like the rest of you I’m trying to connect the dots to find the elusive holy grail of a great idea supported by great artwork and great promotion of that which one would assume means success on various levels. The most important of which is obtaining a goal you set for yourself.
In that quest I’ve fallen, stumbled, tumbled and made so many mistakes and wrong turns it’s amazing that I continue to try. But like the proverb says rising after each fall and trying again is the key to succeeding. Like Edison said I didn’t fail 10,000 times to create a workable light bulb, I found 10,000 ways that it won’t work. (something like that)
So I discovered the following thoughts on Innovation from Cloudave which is the child of Creativity and Imagination when the mixture works. My thought is simple.
Innovation is a new way to do something that enriches the activity experience and makes it more accessible to all.
The five themes for the definitions are illustrative of the major patterns of thought in innovation. The definitions are presented below. You’ll notice a hash tag (#) after each one. The hash tag is a link to each individual definition, so you can reference a specific one if you’d like.
This is the sense of innovation in the broader context of companies and markets. Innovation’s meaning here is to alter the landscape.
Invention is the creation of something new. In American pop culture, think Thomas Edison, always inventing, inventing, inventing. It’s when an invention becomes useful to others that it becomes an innovation.
Barry Bassnett: Creativity is what happens when imagination has focus; innovation is what happens when creativity has a bottom line; enterprise is what happens when innovation meets ability, entrepreneurship is what happens when all the aforementioned are put on the same cart and passion becomes the fuel. #
The internal spring of innovation: creativity. This sense of innovation reflects our personal, individual roles in it.
Umesh Kumar Aherwal: For me it’s much of artistic way of utilizing available resources within the parameters. The word “artistic way” is stands for the well balanced or proportioned, which requires creative thinking. #
In this meaning of innovation, the focus is on addressing issues and challenges. The existing mode of operation has issues, and a new approach is needed.
Unmet User Needs
This is a classic approach to innovation. It’s very much along the lines of Clayton Christensen’s “job to be done”. The term here is “users”, as the unmet needs may be for customers as well as other people in a system or value chain.
Ellen Weber PhD: An invention or intervention – that shows evidence of a valued solution, garners support of decision makers, and offers mutual benefits for a wider community – by drawing insights from diverse people across several related fields. #
Hutch Carpenter: A change in a product offering, service, business model or operations which meaningfully improves the experience of a large number of stakeholders.