Is it possible to be an expert in innovation?

September 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Reporting from Cinton Global Initiative

If so, Ashoka, the leading organization for social entrepreneurs, is an expert. Founder Bill Drayton defines innovation as a combination as: change making, empathy, teamwork & leadership.

Drayton believes that the world is currently going through a breakthrough – from being run by just a few people, to a world that is being run by teams of teams.

If there is one word that sums up this year’s CGI, it is ‘Innovation’.  John Kao, the founder of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, believes that innovation cannot be learned, instead it is a combination of factors that all have to be woven together. He thinks of innovation as a ”property of society, as a set of muscles or capabilities to drive progress.”

It seems the discussion becomes, not what is innovation, but how can we build infrastructures of innovation?  Here’s the criteria I heard from various speakers at CGI:

-technology
-globalization & interconnectedness
-universities, research, subsidies and venture capitol,
-rotating leadership and teams,
-multi-disciplinary and horizontal approaches,
-policies that support for small and medium businesses,
-coalitions of private sectors, NGOs, government
-crowd-sourcing, user-generated and design thinking

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