Innovation and the Novelty Factory

Tim Klapdor, Heart | Soul | Machine, Apr 10, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

À propos of my recent talk on innovation, "Horace Dediu posits a taxonomy which I think is extremely useful to help discern innovation and reduces some confusion:

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Why is this useful? It helps distinguish actual innovation from mere novelty. T"he pursuit of innovation often means that quality, sustainability and longevity are put at risk," writes Tim Klapdor. "Innovation is a lot harder and more difficult to achieve because it is essentially change. And the reality is that most people don’t want to do that."

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