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Taking away degrees of freedom to rekindle the innovative spirit

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato.

My son came back from a trip during which he broke a guitar string that he could not replace. He was actually delighted with the experience, having had to invent a different way of playing the instrument, discovering new harmonies. With one string missing, he had to work out the other to a whole new level.

This is an innovation classic. Other examples include legislation on car emissions that have led to innovation in the combustion engine and the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles, or Apple making the explicit decision to ban the use of stylus, which led to the famous touch-screen products that we all know.

Innovation can be enhanced not always by adding new degrees of freedom, but sometimes by cutting some.

  1. Roobini
    September 24, 2011 at 18:16

    Necessity is an art of improvising. Necessity is the mother of invention.

  2. Roobini
    September 24, 2011 at 18:22

    The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. -Carl Jung

    • September 26, 2011 at 17:37

      Thanks for Jung’s quote: something deep to ponder…

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