Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

What is innovation?

May 19, 2019

After making the point that "innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people," Harold Jarche offers a nice overview of the concept of innovation and how it has evolved in recent years. At the core, though, this remains true (and contrary to the perspective of managerialists everywhere): "Innovation is like democracy, it needs people to be free within the system in order to work. Empowering knowledge artisans to use their own cognitive tools creates an environment of experimentation, instead of adherence to established processes.... There is no innovation assembly line." So many managers (including my own) don't understand this.

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