Innovation is not just about Technology

Whilst I keep preaching that with technology and the internet, we can reach most parts of the world, there are areas which are still not yet quite there.

This example of an innovative solution for children who do not even have a desk in the classroom is one which I wish I had thought of (click here).

Innovation is indeed a mindset, and not just about technology. We have to keep thinking of better ways to do things, and to solve problems.

16 thoughts on “Innovation is not just about Technology”

  1. Nowadays, when you ask people about innovation, they usually response you that innovation is the rapid invention of technology. But, innovation is not just about technology.

    For me, the real meaning of innovation is how you able to help those marginalized and less fortunate people to gain knowledge and how to adapt in a rapid changing world. It is how you become their backbone to build up their own life and bright tomorrow. If you are a teacher, you can be innovative person by reaching out these people and let them see their hidden intelligence by means of bringing out the best in them.

  2. Innovation is a mindset, not just technology – now here’s something I want to here more often. Though I want to mention another ingredient, and that is determination and a heart to see real change in our society. This I believe what Mr. Ng and the group behind the Help Desk project genuinely have – determination and innovation. Determination is the what and innovation is the how. We need these two in order for us to see the problems and gaps that need solving and additionally how we can provide solution in the most effective and practical ways.

    P.S. Seeing those students in India with smile and excitement on their faces while being handed with the Carton bag/desk are quite inspiring. Though I wonder how will it be when it rains, the carton seems so fragile to elements.

  3. Innovation is an evolution of one concept to another until it reached the goal of development. It is not limited to the use of technology or even on the discoveries in the field of science. Its life must stream from the mind of every human and how they affectively accept it and finally act on it, in order for innovation to flourish. This can lead towards continuous and greater search for learning. Concrete and efficient action follows until it produce visible, concrete and reliable outcome. To achieve the true essence of innovation, there must be balance on both human and nature. Identifying the process how it can be done must be understood. The misconception for some is that innovation is possible but there must be a sacrificial lamb. We must bear in mind that a Win-Win solution always the best choice. To compromise is not an option. The decision and action lies on how the person gives importance to innovation while valuing humanity and maintains balance in ecology. This makes innovation worthy even for the next generation.

  4. Innovation is not just about technology, in my own opinion innovation is a process that involves people,technology and society.
    If you want to adapt yourself to the modernization of our society today, you must discover what are your strengths and how to develop it continuously.
    At the same time, you can use your strengths to be a productive individual,share your talents and skills to other people.

  5. Well innovation for me shouldn’t only be about technology. It should be a way of living for each and everyone of us to come up with a way to make situation and life around us and the future generation simpler and more comfortable. So yes innovation is not only about technology, infact it’s way beyond that.

  6. Commenting on “Innovation is not just about technology” By Mr Thomas Ng
    Quoting Mr Ng,“with technology and the internet, we can reach most parts of the world”, I would like to add on another dimension regarding its complication. Our search engines are not as globalised as we like to think. There is an increasing amount of surveillance on our web sites. Our media world is very much influenced by political pressures. With this environmental background. We see our media content being shaped. Our content is edited, cut and pasted to suit different sets of political ideologies.
    This dissemination of information is further filtered by audiences varying interpretations based on our socio economic status, cultural background, gender and so forth. We would like to think that our audiences are ‘active’ rather than ‘passive’, that our choices are discerning and that we make our own decisions. But it would be naïve, should we be under the impression that media content that has been served up has no influence on our behaviour, our attitude, our cultural importance, values and beliefs. The extent of media psychological effects on readers are profound. The visual imagery, symbols, colours, language, put together all carry an ideological message.
    Do media conglomerates have the ability to control what messages the audiences receive? If so, the complicated question now, is how this affects the activities in where digital convergence is taking place in our world. Would a certain segment of audiences receive better advertising of their innovative products and greater diversity of content, this inevitably leading to the more attractive firms gaining popularity and having better exposure and being more informed? It is becoming increasingly obvious that The negative “long tail” concept of media and the ‘workings of the internet’ of which we seem frequently to be in, is a bubble that we equally cannot ignore.
    Thank you for reading,
    Mildred Jones

    1. Very well said, Mildred. Nothing is ever going to perfect, but the internet is in a very broad sense “democratizing” information. Whenever we see anything of interest to us on the internet, the tendency is for us to search for more information – reviews, forums, etc. Take advertising as an example. Who buys something just from an advertisement? We check for reviews and opinions online before making a decision. We post on social media to solicit feedback. This makes a lot of sense, as an advertisement will never mention any shortcomings of the product and service being advertised. The laws around advertising would surprise most people. You can get away practically with lying.

  7. Integrating answer of several needs, this Help desk is a simple, multiplex and good answer of combined requirements for children in these learning conditions.
    It is a perfectly appropriate innovative solution that enables children to learn with a smile and self-confidence.
    Everything starts with understanding of the situation and creative innovation in accordance with the needs. Imperative to provide self-respect above the uniformed standard labeling, healthy foundation for future open minds.

  8. I would like to say two words about Genashtim and its founders. It’s a great idea and, of course, a huge work to make it reality. You contribute to solve one of the main problem for PWD in all over the world. It is very inspiring. This is an opportunity for job seekers, and, why not, employers as well. Next to communication and job, it stimulates people to learn, research, explore and try to do more and better.
    As a supportive part of your vision, EPiC Online also is very important and useful tool to practice and train people. And I think you have developed an effective form with coaches from various countries, pronunciations and speech speed also.
    I wish you sustainability and success. New achievements and to spread to new countries, to reach more people in future 

  9. I believe that technology is the main factor when it comes to seeing something as innovative, but it is far from the only factor when referring to something as innovative. The reason that people see technology driven companies as innovative is the fact that they are the companies leading the charge into the digital age that we live in. The smartphone is an example of this; the innovation behind the smartphone changed the world forever. It changed the way people see innovation, it also opened the door to be innovative when it comes to products and service delivery.

  10. Innovation is the outcome of collective efforts where success depends on a much broader range of industries and social environment, not only on the field of science and technology. Technology takes different forms and what or how it has been effective in one’s job. It also gets all the media attention because it’s easy to understand and easy to explain, or at least easy to look at, like something shiny made out brushed aluminum that draws the gaze.
    Innovation can come from anywhere, and change anything. Innovation in economics allowed the more efficient allocation of wealth, under ideal circumstances generating more wealth that spread. Innovation of politics created nation states. The great innovations of mathematics allowed the understanding of the universe. Innovations of law created protections for people, allowing them to live, if not as freely as they’d like, at least in the security of knowing what protections they had.
    The greatest innovations are not shiny gadgets; the greatest innovations are those we don’t even notice because they’re everywhere, and in everything, and we cannot imagine living without them.

  11. Everyone has the right to learn and be educated no matter what their status is. The internet is very useful source of knowledge. Though you can almost find everything you need in the internet, the experience of being educated in a school is not the same when you just read or watch videos in the internet. That’s why eLearning is a very good way to share your knowledge and help learners experience schooling where they can express their thoughts freely with the trainer focused on the student, and gain knowledge and growth with the use of the internet while at home, free from discrimination.

  12. Watching those students sitting on the floor, reminded me of my first years in school when we didn’t have desks, so we had to sit on the floor, and I still can remember how hard it was to stay in that position for almost 5 hours. Anyway, I totally agree that innovation is not dependent on technology. I belong to Afghanistan, and the science exhibitions in schools, in faraway districts of Afghanistan, are all done without the use of internet of any modern technology. The students there make things with cardboards and simple mechanical tools which they find in nearby electronics repair shops. Everyone knows that technology plays a big role in the rapid growth of innovation, but innovation never was and never will be dependent on the technology.

  13. I also believe that innovation is not always linked to technology. Innovation is in simpler words revolution and for a revolution to start, we don’t need technology. All we need is commitment, passion and an eyesight for betterment.

  14. This is a great idea about innovation. It’s not always about the technology. Innovation means creating something new or enhancing something old. As they say “Out with the old and In with the new”.
    Innovation is an enlightenment to upgrading into something new.

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