Innovation Explorations

11 Sep

I was interested to read about two new books on innovation in the New York Times last weekend (Nancy F. Koehn, “People and Places that Innovate“).   Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From:  A Natural History of Innovation argues that environments can either stifle or promote innovative ideas.  He articulates patterns for generating, combining, and reconstructing ideas and illustrates these patterns through narratives  from the natural sciences and technology.  The second book featured in the review is Peter Denning and Robert Dunham’s The Innovator’s Way:  Essential Practices for Successful Innovation and emphasizes the individual as the source of agency for new ideas.  These authors present practices for success and exercises for practicing the skills. Interesting books and ones that I need to add to my reading list.

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2 Responses to “Innovation Explorations”

  1. Bruce Tong September 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    If wordpress offers you an RSS option, we could include this blog as content in My OHIO as a user-selected portlet.

    • ohioevpp September 17, 2010 at 1:58 am #

      Thanks, Bruce. I’ve set up the RSS option.
      Ann Fidler

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