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. On both axes, there are known and unknown areas, but those areas […]

Understanding innovation in 2014 …

When I launched this blog only three months ago, I did that with a passion for understanding innovation and in the intention to commence a learning journey that would hopefully be inspiring, surprising, and encouraging. Now, at the end of the calendar year, looking back at the first few legs of the journey, I can […]

On leadership

To state it upfront: innovation is an investment. It ties up resources that could be used for other purposes. But rather then expending them here and now, they are put in the bank in hopes of some dividend, some return on investment at a later stage. Innovation ties up money, people, material, facilities, often significant amounts […]

Science – a great innovation

What makes a great innovation? It should certainly generate value for society. That is, for many, many people. It should also have a lasting impact. And maybe, in retrospect, it could have changed the course of history? Now that’s a tall order. Examples, please. Taming fire – offering light, heat, new access to food, and […]

Does innovation need science?

Let’s talk about science. But not from the perspective of what science is. Rather, let’s look at the demand side: What roles does science play in innovation? Does innovation need science at all? Maybe I should testify under oath that I have a passion for science before I address such heretic questions, but let’s see […]