After more than 150 years of creating electric light, heavier-than-air, flying machines, communications systems that span the world, enormous computer power that fits in our pockets, vaccines that have conquered age-old diseases, gone to the moon, and so many more amazing innovations, we have become, all too often, “the can’t do guys”!
It’s not so much that we have run out of ideas, but that we don’t even get started on the ideas we have. When, recently, I wrote a column entitled “Why we can’t innovate”, I was astonished at how many readers added their endorsement that “we see that here!”… and “here” was many different locations around the world. I now think that the condition of default helplessness in the face of innovation opportunity is more serious than I originally wrote.
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