Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. I think in this day and age we view innovation mostly from a technology mindset. But innovation can materialize in many ways. It happens when we create what never was or change what was.
Today I met an innovator named Fred. Fred is a faculty member at UND who I was in a workshop with today. Fred’s regular computer had some issues so Fred had to bring an older Dell laptop to work on today. I have an old one just like it around here so I can tell you that as far as laptops go it is a bit of a dinosaur.
Fred’s dinosaur struggled. It got very warm and its little fan just couldn’t seem to keep it cool. Most folks would have resigned themselves to turning off the computer until it rested and cooled down. That is what I would have done…but not Fred. Fred innovated.
Fred created a cooling system for his laptop right then and there at the table with items he found in the room (in the NDSU Memorial Union Great Plains Room to be exact). He was nothing short of a computer MacGyver – four coffee cups filled with ice and he was back in business.
Fred is an innovator. He ran into a problem and he came up with a solution. Others may spend their days in amazement over the newest smartphone innovation, but me – I’ll take innovators like Fred. Fred reminds that in an increasingly complex world innovation doesn’t always have to be a complex gizmo or gadget that took years to create…innovation can still be as simple as four coffee cups filled with ice.
So look around folks at things you would like to address or change and innovate creatively – channel your inner Fred. Now that you know how to cool down an older Dell laptop the world is your oyster.
Day eight hundred and fifty-one of the new forty – obla di obla da