Well folks, this is the start of my global marathon on innovation. After four years of training (study, research and practice) I get to enter the race and see if I can keep up with, or even challenge, the pack of thought leaders as it weaves and sweats through the issues of our day.
I have chosen innovation because I deeply believe it is the key to rebuilding economies at all levels-local, regional, national and international. Innovation is the nexus from which individuals, groups and organizations can solve increasingly complex, diverse, and demanding problems and once again bring prosperity. The ‘army of innovators’ we need is all around us. It just requires the necessary awareness, commitment, tools and processes to unlock this human capital. And it’s not only about business and profits. To truly prosper, we all need to be on the same page, speaking the same problem-solving language. Educators, health professionals, IT evangelists, scientists, aid workers, administrators, business and political leaders, just to name a few, need to have the knowledge and skills to take innovation from an elite exercise into standard practice at all levels around the globe.
The innovative thinking required to solve the toughest problems we face must be far more nimble and networked than we’ve imagined. In short, how we innovate needs a dose of innovation itself. So, I’m starting my marathon today, and I know I am surrounded by some amazing thought leaders. Join me on this long run, where each stride continually demands both curiosity and hard work. It’s an interesting, worthwhile and challenging race. But as my Aikido Sensei once told me, “It is not important how difficult it is. It is important that it is possible.”
Stay tuned for more ‘Thoughts On Innovation’