Stories of “reluctant innovators”

Short but interesting article discussing how innovation often happen unexpectedly but can still bring world changing discoveries.


Depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have, you might not rate chocolate-chip cookies, ice-lollies or crisps as Earth-shattering product inventions, but they do all have one thing in common. Along with microwave ovens, penicillin and Teflon, the ideas behind them came about entirely by accident. Despite this, a common perception of innovation remains one of men and women in white coats crowded over laboratory equipment and mainframe computers. Though this may be generally true for big-ticket items and big pharma, today you may just as likely trace a lot of the smaller — but equally high-impact — discoveries and inventions back to someone’s garden shed.


Read the full article on Wired: Genius happens when you plan something else by Ken Banks (@kiwanja )

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