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Fengbin (Kathy) Zhao

learning designer, Beyondinno Design

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How can imagination lead to innovation?

What are the relationships between learning, inspiration, imagination, creativity, and innovation? How can imagination lead to innovation? What factors might play a role?

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  • Oct 15 2011: Creativity is an individual phenomena, Innovation is a team effort, imagination spawns both. Methodical imagination, disciplined imagination (these are not oxymora), is the core process of innovation. Imagination can be enabled, learned, developed, enticed by a proper environment and then should be applied to any successful innovation endeavor. See the "can" (not the usual case, today) and "should" (no other way) of the previous sentence. I keep looking for ways for the "can" part, how to enable people to be more imaginative and for the "should" part, how do you apply this better in the work process? Will welcome any ideas. Yes there is a sprouting "Innovation science" in time it will become more useful.

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