Written By: Nitish Pandey
“A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.” – Edmund Burke ( British statesman & political thinker.)
“Any good music must be an innovation.” – Les Baxter ( American musician & composer)
“Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.” – Mason Cooley (American aphorist)
Above quotes are some well defined thoughts about “Innovation”, which tells us, what an innovation is! why an innovation is! and how an innovation is! So we can say that innovation is nothing but a way to lead us to the creation of better and new era of science, products, processes, services, technologies and ideas that are readily available to the markets, governments, and society.
Human curiosity about his surrounding and things did some memorable changes on this planet. Change is a continuous process, whether it is done by nature or by us. Man has no controls over the natural changes; however we always try to make it possible that these natural changes will occur for our well being. It does not matter that what are our actual intentions behind this, but the fact is that we can’t denied the process of change. Now when we come across the man-made changes, it is easily visible to you that what are the changes and why these have been done. The only answer to this question is ‘for the betterment in our lives, society, technologies and almost everything we can see around us’.
Take an example of our classrooms, where projectors took the place of black boards, AC’s took the place of fans and in some of them you will find laptops in place of books. So the need of betterment gives rise to a will of doing something new, and our minds start to think about the innovation. But innovation does not mean that every time a new invention will take place, innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself. Innovative ideas & methods are the two tools for creation of an invention.
Innovation can be done everywhere, like in science, technology, music, art, sports etc. There are no limits for an innovative mind. It can fly in the sky, higher than that of an eagle, or can dive into the depths of an ocean deeper than a whale. All we need is a moment, which will bring us to a state from where new and better ideas knock at doors of our minds. That moment should have something special, different and necessary, and it will initiate the chain of innovation for us.
We can say now, every innovative idea needs a motivation, which may come from a need or may come from your dreams. To do anything new and different, one should not be a genius. It only requires a motivation and a thought of doing something different. There are some good examples of few outstanding innovative works, which were the results of some unusual motivations and people behind them were very simple, but passionate ones.
Michael Faraday, his law of ‘electromagnetic induction’ was a result of a motivation which he got from the observation of Orsted. In which Orsted has noted that electric current produces magnetic effect. Thus Faraday simply thought that if current can produce magnet, then a magnet should also be able to produce current. This simple but innovative idea leads the world to the invention of world’s first dynamo and today the electricity around us is a precious gift of Faraday.
With almost no formal training in pure mathematics, Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. He was born in a poor Brahman family, and his introduction to formal mathematics began at age 10. After which, mathematics was left as only love for him. This love for mathematics encouraged him to do some unbelievable work in various topics of mathematics. He had written such theorems in mathematics, which still do not have any derivation, but are true in practice.
All above examples were from yesteryear, now considering few recent cases, Mark Elliot Zuckerburg, only 20 year old American computer programmer comes with a new face of social networking in 2004. Today we all know that face as “Facebook”. The concept of social networking site was old, but he has presented it in a different and innovative way. Just like Mark Zuckerburg, another two young and dynamic boys, Larry Page & Sergey Brin brought the whole world on our finger tips, and they have named it “Google”. Today almost every internet user had used their search engine at least one time.
Not just these two, there are millions of milestones have been established by thousands of achievers. Even a new vision with innovation inspired by any conventional thought can bring a great revolution for the world. When you will think about a new and better world, first thing which comes in your mind is to change the existing services and technologies with advancement to them. Only way to achieve advancement is to find out the new and different ways and the hidden facts behind today’s services & technologies to modify them. All this process needs only a click. It is like a matchstick. All we need is to rub our minds with innovative ideas to ignite the power of innovation for brighter and better world.
The power of innovation can change our world. A different approach towards a new thinking can bring us a better tomorrow. It is to be said that “do not do anything different, just do your work differently”.