If the innovation landscape is setting the stage for innovation to occur, you may well ask for the main cast: who are the innovation protagonists? I've indicated some ideas on the roles that institutions, organisations, and entrepreneurs play. Focusing on the difference between those roles, today I’ll paint them in black-and-white.
Taking a walk across the innovation landscape
Recently I have described my concept of an innovation landscape along two axes: the demand for innovation, represented by the problems society is faced with, and the supply of innovation, represented by the ingenious ideas that have the potential to solve those problems. Today, I'll take a closer look at the four corners of this landscape.
Shaping the innovation landscape
Looking for a better way to explain innovation, I feel that "landscape" can be a quite powerful metaphor. Focused on the value that innovation must provide to society at large, I'll present the innovation landscape as the tension field that takes shape between demand and supply.
Is innovation a race ?
If you ask around, you’ll be met with diverse opinions, with support and skepticism, with enthusiasm for and rejection of that idea. We might be tempted to enter into a debate over right and wrong opinions; but I’d rather suggest investigating the extent to which the metaphor of a race could be applicable to innovation.
Understanding innovation in 2014 …
Based on the story so far, it's safe to say that there are three recurrent themes for 2014 that will run through my posts in the course of the coming year. These themes have considerable overlap, still I sense it will be useful to sketch them separately here today.