Understanding Innovation

Author:
Paul T. Skaggs
Company/School:
Brigham Young University

UNDERSTANDING INNOVATION:
PLAYING IN THE SANDBOX WITH FRIENDS

Paul T. Skaggs, IDSA
Brigham Young University, Chair of the Industrial Design Program

This paper presents a metaphor for understanding innovation, the metaphor: playing in a sandbox with friends. The paper outlines the importance of innovation in workplace, the link between innovation and creativity and how innovation & creativity connect. Play in the metaphor represents creativity as an approach to working with opportunities. The sandbox is a space that stimulates, allows focus, provides materials, and fosters collaborative creation.  Friends represent a collaborative team that provides a comfortable environment for sharing, critiquing, and building ideas. The paper also outlines barriers to each of these important innovation components. 

 

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