Email: What does innovation really need to be? (France)
A humble perspective. It can be an incredibly novel thought or a lot of old ideas put together into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a shake to make new & curious combinations. We keep on turning, making new combinations indefinitely. Even if the idea is not new, our unique spin can create something special the world needs.
Also, a new idea starts somewhere. Each discovery is predicated on an earlier one. Penicillin, a 20th century discovery has roots going back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, India, China when fungi & medicinal plants were used to treat diseases. Often, the word ‘original‘ is thought to mean ‘new‘, rather than ‘now seen from over the horizon.’
Regardless, one thing that innovation needs to be is ‘valuable‘. Does it truly add value? Now, how do we define value? Yet another question…