"Innovation is concerned with bringing something new into being to meet an unmet need. It provides value where previously little to any was being delivered. Demanding an early assessment of return on investment in innovation is like trying to determine the height of a tree the moment after you planted a seed."
I think Innovation is like Ping Pong
where ideas are often bounced back
and forth and the most interesting
games were those played by
opponents with totally different training and background."
A good presentation in the link...
"Now I'd like you to consider this in terms of a dating/romance/sex analogy(warning: for mature audiences only).The Specific Aims is like your first meeting.The Significance is like your first few dates.The Innovation is like foreplay. The Approach is like the sex."
"But innovation is more than just coming up with a few new and creative ideas every once in a while. Left up to chance innovation is like a flower without water; it blooms and looks pretty for some time but then quickly wilts away."
"Innovation is like light. For ages, scientists have debated what light really is. Is it a wave, a particle, or both? "
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