Bookmarked What is innovation?

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Here goes.
Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people.
β€œAn innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or…

Harold Jarche reflect on twelve years engaging with innovation. He discusses the importance of connections and working through a process. It is interesting to read this alongside Rolin Moe’s historical discussion of innovation.
Bookmarked The risks of treating ‘academic innovation’ as a discipline (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed (insidehighered.com)

Negotiating the future we want with the history we have is vital in order to determine the best structure to support the development of an inventive network for creating research-backed, criticism-engaged and outside-the-box approaches to the future of education. The energy behind what we today call academic innovation needs to be put toward problematizing and unraveling the causes of the obstacles facing the practice of educating people of competence and character, rather than focusing on the promotion of near-future technologies and their effect on symptomatic issues.

Rolin Moe argues that we need to recognise the often negative history associated with ‘innovation’ in the way that we use it. If we don’t do this we risk the word being simply an emotive tool.

Today’s shared language around innovation is emotive rather than procedural; we use innovation to highlight the desired positive results of our efforts rather than to identify anything specific about our effort (products, processes or policies). The predominant use of innovation is to highlight the value and future-readiness of whatever the speaker supports, which is why opposite sides of issues in education (see school choice, personalized learning, etc.) use innovation in promoting their ideologies.

This touches upon Audrey Watters message to respect history, rather than live in the ever present that so many try to perpetuate.