This slide pack was prepared for, and presented at, The Young Innovators Forum held in Jaipur, India on September 15, 2013. Though unable to attend in person this year, I was very happy to be able to present virtually via Skype.
Over the last two years I’ve had the rare opportunity to interview hundreds of international innovators and thought leaders, within a wide range of fields (including business, technology, government and social policy, the arts and advertising, media, medicine and much more). And, throughout my presentation, I look forward to sharing some of the insights, experiences and expertise these thought leaders shared with me for my new book.
Though the title of my presentation is, like the title of my book, !nnovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World - there is a subtitle to my talk today; and that is:
Age is no barrier in the frontier of innovation.
Noting that many of you who are attending today’s forum are students, or have only recently left your studies, I felt it important to point out that, as I’m sure you well know, innovation and innovative thinking have no age barrier. Innovation knows no borders or boundaries - and to underline that, I’m going to introduce you to some successful young people who, to me, represent this fact - and who I’d like you to keep in mind whenever someone ‘older’ attempts to tell you that you’re too young to make a difference.
Of course, regardless of your age, or where you’re located in the world, there are no guarantees that your innovative idea or insight will be successful. However, in interviewing such a wide range of innovators, and exploring how innovators think, act and change our world, I was able to gather some key insights, which I think can assist you in translating your innovative concept into a profitable outcome.
Additionally, with the new transformational technologies that are available to anyone able to access them through a connection to the web, there is no more advantageous time to start a company with global reach. With minimal costs you can have a major impact as a mini-multinational - regardless of where you’re located OR how old you are.
I will leave you with these thoughts on innovation, which are the core axioms, which infuse the book project !nnovation: How Innovators Think, Act, and Change Our World:
1. Innovation drives change –culturally, societally and economically
2. Innovation touches each of us, as individuals, communities and societies as a whole; and
3. Innovators deserve recognition, celebration and applause - and saying that, I hope you give each other the recognition, support and celebration, that you all deserve!