The Mechanics of Innovation: Human Creativity from Ancient Athens to You
As technologists, we are the vanguard of human progress. It is our job to employ the latest technologies to serve humankind. Wouldn't it be nice to know how that progress actually happens? In this talk, we are going to explore the mechanics of innovation. We will look at some of the most innovative societies and organizations in human history and learn what makes them so great. Then we will take those lessons and boil them down into practical advice you can use to be more creative.
We're going to tackle the following questions: How are new ideas generated? Is the "hero inventor" a myth? Why are some societies more innovative than others? What can organizations do to be more innovative? How can you as an individual be more creative?