Innovation


“Continuously expand the list of technologies you are knowledgeable about and combine those technologies in novel ways to create valuable solutions.”


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The cultivation of easily available, functional conceptual vocabularies would have to be an obligatory element in any program to promote or encourage innovation. There does seem to be a bit of an emerging trend to try attempt to formalise innovation in the “One True Way” of being usefully creative, more often perhaps a matter of authorial or corporate self-interest but nevertheless at least partially misguided; it may also be a reflexive fact of culture, psychology and active comprehension that narrative-directed, teleological thinking confines goals into narrow, fragile and inflexible parameters of “best practices” and formal (i.e. axiomatic) organisational systems, defeating the very reasons for, and generative source of, the open-ended creativity which innovation must surely have to exhibit.

If innovation is in essence “useful creativity”, and creativity itself is perhaps at least partially defined as unguided, reflective practice – the best we can do in attempting to encourage innovation is to massage the ambiguities and uncertainties, the complexities and aspirational vectors of research or thought, into general directions.

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