Let’s have a little chat.
“Too much time standing in one place is bad for your corporate health. Drive, run, or walk to your customers with technology, information, and personalized service.”
So let’s talk about innovations. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (typical) states that innovation is “the introduction of something new” or “a new idea, method or device.” That’s so serious and dry, though; innovations do so much more than these definitions let on.
Innovations change the way we see our world; they alter our perspective. Take a look at the transitions from tangible papers to reading online or from tapes to iPods. These innovations mark our society, and most everyone participates in this way of life. On that note, our way of simply living is so different with each innovation because of our nature: we are consumers, we are thinkers, we are learners… we are curious beings. Humans have that innate desire to move forward and push the limits, and that is seen through the changes we make.
Tom Kelley’s quote resonated with me on this topic because, yes, staying in the same place is usually detrimental on a corporate level, but staying in one place isn’t always such a bad thing. When we stay in the same place, it’s comfortable and we learn all the little details that are usually skipped over. Moving too fast can very well be what is detrimental on the consumer level; even though we want to move forward, most of us want that bit of comfort.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way… what’s the greatest innovation? Well, pre-1990, I’d have to say the invention of the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Where would we be without them? They provide a way to make writing, organizing and interacting so much easier. The greatest innovation in general, though, I’d have to say is the internet. It’s pretty self-explanatory why. Goodness, how would this generation live? How would we communicate? *cough* What would we do without Facebook?
The way these innovations impact our lives is crazy sometimes… No one knows what the next fad will be. I hope I’m around when it hits, though, because I’m pretty excited to find out.