Origin of innovation
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What does innovation mean?
Innovation can refer to something new, such as an invention, or the practice of developing and introducing new things.
An innovation is often a new product, but it can also be a new way of doing something or even a new way of thinking. Innovation is most commonly associated with business and technology, but it happens in any field where people introduce change, including the arts, medicine, politics, cooking, language—even philosophy and religion.
Example: The internet changed society and is often considered the ultimate example of innovation, but it was built on the backs of many smaller, previous innovations.
Where does innovation come from?
As a word, innovation is not new—the first records of its use in English come from the mid-1500s. But it is based on a root that means “new.” It derives from the Latin verb innovāre, which means “to renew” and includes the root novus, meaning “new” (as seen in words like novel and renovate).
Innovation has always been associated with newness, but not necessarily in a good way. Innovation was sometimes used in the context of religious matters as a way of accusing someone of heresy (the act of going against accepted teachings). During the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s, it began to be used more commonly to refer to the rapid advances in technology that were emerging. Today, it most commonly refers not just to inventions but to new ideas, business models, and other methods that are considered innovative, or representative of progress.
In the context of technology and business, innovation commonly involves improving an existing idea or product, or introducing a product to a new market. But sometimes innovation involves coming up with something entirely new that makes all other products obsolete or inferior. Apple’s introduction of the iPhone is often given as an example of an innovation that was a huge step forward. Innovation isn’t limited to products. It can be applied to services, processes, and basic methods of doing things. In the medical field, new medicines and improved artificial limbs are examples of innovation, but other innovations include new ways of making medicines and new ways of performing procedures.
Innovation exists anywhere that people innovate, or introduce change. A painter using color in a new way; a chef fusing cuisines together to make a new dish; a charity organization finding new ways to help people—these are all examples of innovation.
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What are some other forms of innovation?
- innovate (verb)
- innovator (noun)
- innovative (adjective)
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How is innovation used in real life?
Innovation is commonly associated with new products and technologies, but it is used in the context of any field where change happens or progress is made.
Today for #WomensHistoryMonth, I want to highlight the mother of DNA – Rosalind Franklin. Through ingenuity and perseverance, she discovered that DNA has made up of two strands, instead of a single one. Her work would unlock the key to new scientific discoveries and innovations.
— Dr. John Biggan (@Biggan4Congress) March 2, 2020
The way to move the legal profession forward is to meet people where they are and their reality and work to change it from within. There is a reason why I so firmly believe in incremental innovation and why little things matter. #lawyers #legaltech #innovation
— Colin S. Levy (@Clevy_Law) February 23, 2020
Are you doing all you can to tap into the #innovation that can come from your own teams? Some great insights into how you can create a #culture of innovation in your organisation https://t.co/91JSqVtMOI
— Andrew Baker (@AndrewBakerHR) February 23, 2020
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Which of the following terms could be considered the opposite of innovation?
C. status quo
How to use innovation in a sentence
A great way to do that is to stimulate innovation that will make clean energy technology cheaper everywhere.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.|Sigal Samuel|September 17, 2020|Vox
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Oracle wants to be a “trusted technology partner” for TikTok, Dana Canedy aims for innovation at Simon & Schuster, and Malala helps put the trials of remote school in perspective.Malala Yousafzai puts the remote learning struggle in perspective|Michal Lev-Ram, writer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Under our plan, the annual federal budget for clean-energy innovation would reach $25 billion by 2025.To confront the climate crisis, the US should launch a National Energy Innovation Mission|Amy Nordrum|September 15, 2020|MIT Technology Review
In India, the pandemic-linked innovation will soon include a move that could revamp its retail experience.Apple’s online store plan for India is the right move at the right time|Ananya Bhattacharya|September 14, 2020|Quartz
I often wonder what contributions to art and innovation society would have gathered if not for how it treats trans individuals.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Best Buy is caught up in the breakneck world of technological innovation.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That in itself was a huge innovation, but de Silva says access to markets is still a problem for everyone.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa|Christian Borys|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result was a system not open to alternatives from the outside and with no internal incentives for innovation.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck|Michael S. Roth|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Macallan collaborations have even extended past photographers to additional masters of their craft focused on innovation.
He was all for change and innovation, and managed to get the principle of formal election to the chairmanship established.
The parents of the latter resent the innovation; almost every Jewish child receives religious training at home or in cheidar.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
An innovation so convenient and sensible quickly became the universal rule.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
Edward Garden himself could not so have reconciled John to all this innovation with a single whispered word.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
How determined his father had been against such an innovation as electric light, but he had put it in after the old mans death.The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley