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Innovation for what – Mousetrap or Suntrap?

Just read the excellent post on  ‘Wanted: More Idiots to tackle grassroots innovation challenges’ by Nalaka Gunawardene. Congratulations, Nalaka.   The point made by Nalaka is worthy of serious debate. Should you work at solutions which are in line with your innate strength, or should you find an area crying for a solution and then …

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Why ‘What Innovation is’ is meaningless

I have spent days, nay months, fighting with people on what innovation is and what it is not. Only then did I realize that the discussions and dilemma was unnecessary. This is because it did not matter one bit to the guys I was trying to convince and/or impress i.e. my clients At the conceptual …

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Find other ways of getting same end result —- or even better.

If you are blocked at one level, look for other ways. They exist, and sometimes offer an even better solution.   While trying to invent a new type of air-conditioner, we find ourselves blocked to use the ‘heat exchange effect’ for some reason (patent restriction, cost etc). Does that mean that I cannot proceed with …

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The If—-, then—–, but——- design contradiction

  Any situation which can be expressed in a ‘If—, then —–, but—–‘ format, can be solved. It is more of a design contradiction than a problem If I do something, then some good can occur, but some bad occurs too. Some typical examples are given below.   1. While designing a car, I have the technical capability to increase …

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