Ingredients for innovation

innovation is not a set of procedures or rules.

innovation comes from a set of conditions put in place to extract the most amount of creativity from people within an organization or society.

I would like to explore ideas on what is needed to establish this innovation culture. please give me your feedback and ideas. critiques are ok, but do offer some suggestions. I’m learning too.

to me there are a few ingredients that I find indispensable when it comes to creative the right climate for innovation.

the first relates to the people: amongst which people need to be educated from young in a manner that moulds the mindset in a manner that retains the youthful curiosity, ambition and courage to explore, try new things, experiment, make mistakes and learn from this experience.

the second relates to the environment or climate: in order for creative minds to flourish, the environment needs to be conducive to the spirit of enterprise, experimentation and learning from mistakes. for this to work well, the environment needs to embrace openness, diversity, collaboration and supports a learning climate. these are key values that can be instilled in the institution’s or society’s value set. some of this can be implemented through “hard practices” such as promoting open design, data and information transparency, structures that force cross functional and diverse individuals, and adequate support for learning.

the final element in having an innovation environment relates to processes that allow ideas to be realized: internal redtape and processes should not hamper new ideas and give sufficient “space” for those ideas to prove themselves in a manner that is low risk but high frequency. only through frequent attempts can learnings be acquired and refined into something of created value. resource allocation must not be absolute and must allow dynamic reallocation to emerging needs.

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