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...

Accidental Innovation – Super Glue

As an innovation keynote speaker and inventor I often talk about the “aha moment”. This is when it seems as though an idea just comes to you from out of the blue. But there are other ways inventions happen when you’re not looking for them. Many...

What Will the Farm of the Future Look Like?

As the innovation keynote speaker last week for the Utah Farm Bureau Leadership Conference I realized the agriculture industry is in the midst of quite a bit of disruption. But it hasn’t always been that way. For almost a thousand years, innovation in...