So it’s not surprising that the path to innovation is shrouded in mystery, something only to be undertaken by those dazzling intelligence, incredible daring and a certain flair.
However, in truth, there is an astonishing amount of agreement among experts on how to go about it. From scientists, to economists to entrepreneurs, the same themes repeat themselves with almost metronomic regularity. So while the endpoint of any innovative process is impossible to determine, the path to innovation is well paved.
The distinction between scientific discovery and innovation is an important one. Science is often serendipitous. Penicillin, x-rays and scores of other scientific phenomena have been discovered by chance, in the the process of searching for something else. Sometimes, profound things simply pop up in strange places.