Innovating In Secret

Design-Based Innovation

By Guest Contributor, Rebecca Cochran, Cochran Creative Group

I saw the new film, The Imitation Game a few days ago. Superbly acted, this historical thriller tells the story of how pioneering British analyst, Alan Turing and his MI6 team, cracked Nazi Germany’s naval ‘Enigma’ code, ultimately helping the allies win the Second World War.

Though set in the middle of the 20th century, the film brought out many ideas and concepts that exemplify skills needed for innovation to occur today. For instance:

Noticing Patterns

Alan Turing, expertly played by Benedict Cumberbatch, was portrayed as having a knack for noticing patterns or connections among random things. One of the many flashback scenes showed a very young Turing seated at his family dinner table attempting to arrange, by pattern, the food on his plate. Should they be arranged by color? Or shape? By food type? Or some other pattern? It was…

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5 Innovation Quotes Worth Remembering

RocksWe’re bombarded with quotes around the topic of innovation every day. Thanks to social media and today’s sharing society, quotes by well-known (and unknown) figures are jockeyed about ad nauseam.

As we begin a new year, I’ve winnowed a list of 5 innovation quotes I feel are worth remembering. I’m happy to share them with you here.

“It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

“Your best plan is a plan to improvise.” — author unknown

“If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend 59 minutes defining the problem and 1 minute finding solutions.” — Albert Einstein

“It ain’t innovation unless something moves.” — Bob Allen, IDEAS

“Get the customer first, then solve the problem.” — author unknown

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by Rebecca Cochran