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Innovation and Innovators Part II (as Asked by Alex)

What we often ask ourselves do I do with this part? We all know the one I am speaking of. That one part that we have from putting something together that is left over. We look at the part for some time trying to figure out if we made a mistake or if in the process of putting the new thing into the box they carelessly including one extra part. That isn’t as bad as nearing the end of the project only to find one part missing.

An innovator doesn’t see it as one piece short for them that is an opportunity to solve a problem creatively. An innovator doesn’t see it as one part too many either. They see that as the start of a new adventure, and they already have the first part in hand.

I have worked with innovators for many years. Each of them has a unique footprint and leaves behind a unique mark on the world. The two largest US-based crowdfunding site (there are many more in the US and throughout the world) Kickstarter and Indiegogo have hundreds of them often lurking waiting for the right moment.

Based on that lurking and then sudden appearance there was a conversation online about driving innovation. It was as much about the workings of innovation and the why of why people innovate. At the end out of that conversation and several hours spent considering the aspects of innovation was born Andersen’s law of innovation and its corollaries.

The initial conversation began with a discussion of Percy Blythe Shelley’s great poem Ozymandias. In particular, the conversation focused on the meaning of the poem:

Ozymandias[1]

I met a traveler from an antique landWho said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. Near them on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frownAnd wrinkled lip and sneer of cold commandTell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal, these words appear:`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

[1] Ozymandias a poem by Percy Blythe Shelley

  • Do you find there are some poems that resonate in your life?

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  • Edison and Tesla had a fued as innovators, did you know that?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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    • I always love the Edison quote. When asked “you failed more than 450 times when inventing the lightbulb, why?” (paraphrase). Edison looked at the reporter and said “I never failed, I just found 450 ways that didn’t work.”

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