Innovation is Really Applied Creativity

john_kaoJohn Kao, dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, believes innovation is not yet a field - but it’s getting there. “A field is a body of knowledge and best practices and professional standards that are somewhat measurable when there’s a coherent framework for discussion,” said. “We are heading in that direction. In my opinion, innovation is in beta.”

Kao noted how mental maps are decisive and that those maps can determine reality. “Think about the mental maps now exploding in terms of different modifiers and nuances around the term ‘innovation,’” he said. Among the types of innovation Kao mentioned included reverse innovation, open source innovation, digital innovation, large-scale innovation, user-centered innovation, design thinking, indigenous innovation, and sustainability innovation.

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