Sources of Innovation

Interesting column in today’s NYT by Steven Johnson discussing his book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation“.  He describes four quadrants:

  • The class solo entrepreneur
  • The amateur individual
  • The private corporation
  • Collaborative nonproprietary innovation

He analysed 300 influential ideas and concludes that the fourth quadrant is the most productive, which fits in with my belief that creativity is an inner drive, not an outer financial one (see 1st section of this earlier post).

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