Safety Inventions

Safety Inventions

I was the innovation keynote speaker this week for the St. Louis Safety Conference on the topic of safety inventions and I realized this is one of the most important industries for inventors. A great safety invention could save lives and ultimately change the world....
The Role of Serendipity in Innovation

The Role of Serendipity in Innovation

I often speak about the role of serendipity in innovation as an innovation keynote speaker. Many products inventors come up with are “happy accidents”, a word coined by English writer Horace Walpole in 1754. In the fairy tale “The Three Princes of...
Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Many of the inventions we have now started out as accidents. One accidental innovation was the microwave oven. We take it for granted when we want a quick cooked meal, popcorn or a warmed over slice of pizza from the night before. It’s easy to wonder how we ever...

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

On a recent speaking trip to Detroit I took a detour and spent the day at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. If you’re ever near the area of Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit, it’s absolutely worth the trip. It’s especially interesting to me...