• a new idea, device, or method :NOVELTY
  • the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods



Innovation (n.): mid-15c., “restoration, renewal,” from Latin innovationem, noun of action from past participle stem of innovare .

Innovate (v.): 1540s, “introduce as new,” from Latin innovatus, past participle of innovareto renew, restore; to change,” from in-into” + novusnew.”



“If you don’t tolerate any risk, you can never innovate.”

Jennifer Pahlka (born 1969, age 45, founder and Executive Director of Code of America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services. Before founding Code for America, Pahlka spent 8 years at CMP Media, where she led the Game Group. TED Talks named her, “Code Activist.”)

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“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

Larry Ellison (born 1944, age 70, American businessman. After having built databases for the CIA, he founded the software company Oracle in 1977. He has plans to step down as the company’s CEO and remain as the Chief Technology Officer. He purchased $300 million in properties on the Hawaiian island of Linai, owning every hotel room on the island. His daughter, Megan Ellsion, founded Annapurna Pictures and has produced movies hits such as Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle. Ellison never met his biological father and was raised by his great-aunt in a middle-class Chicago family.)

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“Chance favors the connected mind.”

Steven Johnson (born 1968, age 46, American popular science author, speaker, and media theorist, who examines the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He also was a TED Talk Speaker.)

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“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”

Sir Anthony Rupert Jay (born 1930, age 84, English writer, broadcaster and director, famous for the co-authorship of the successful British political comedies, Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. He also wrote: The Householder’s Guide to Community Defense Against Bureaucratic Aggression (1972).)

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005, an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, author, and professor. He has been described as “the founder of modern management.”)

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“Organizations that can diminish fear are those that are able to motive, create, and innovate.”

Chip Conley (born 1950, age 54, American hotelier, author, and speaker. He founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality, boutique hotels to more than 35 properties in California. He sold his company to Geolo Capital and no longer has an operating role in the company. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Emotional Equations. He was lecturer for TED Talks.)

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“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”

Roger Von Oech (born 1948, age 66, American speaker, conference organizer, author and toy-maker whose focus has been on the study of creativity. )

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“If you think about making a difference in the community, my family always had a strong interest in the arts. I’m always interested in finding ways to innovate… It’s a bend; it’s not a point focus.”

Paul Allen (born 1953, age 61, American philanthropist, investor, and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of December 2014, he was estimated to be the 55th richest person in America. He is also the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc, which manages his multiple businesses and philanthropic efforts. He owns two professional sports teams, Seattle Seahawks of NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, and is part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined the Major League Soccer in 2009. He is also the founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and Stratolaunch Systems. Like his pal, Bill Gates, Allen too dropped out of college.)

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“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”

Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991, American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, satirist, futurist, and creator of the original Star Trek television series and franchise. After studying aeronautical engineering and receiving his pilot’s license, Roddenberry flew B-17 bombers for the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the South Pacific, Roddenberry began to write and sold his stories to the flying magazines and poetry to publications that included the NY Times. With his army and police experiences, Roddenberry predicted the new medium of TV, still in its infancy, would need writers.)

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So, I was working on this word while listening to a popular singing contest television show.  Sometimes it’s thrilling to write while the music or the TV is blasting.  Otherwise, writing can sometimes be too much of a solitude process.

It then hit me the connection between innovation and creativity.  It’s all about one’s love and joy of play of making a mess, and also the willingness to risk failure.

Everyone has their own creative process towards developing new ideas.  But, for me the inspiration to create feels is like the process of a sculptor who looks and listens intently to what is needed to be chipped away.

Most of these TV contest shows are asking young people, in particular, to take humanity to the next level.  It’s quite brilliant actually, as a mass medium of pop culture.  Like other tribal and more advanced civilizations around the world, we are witnessing the initiation of young people into adulthood and into their life’s calling.

Regardless of one’s age or stage in life aren’t we all being individually launched onto another level of mastery?

Even if you are bored to tears from the mundanity of your day job, there in the mist and fog of the work are breadcrumbs to qualify and quantify one’s abilities.  Also, sometimes we have to “bloom where planted,” even for a time.

Bit-by-bit, we must gather the tattered fabrics of our experiences and stitch together a glorious quilt honoring our talents, gifts, and missions.

After years of sacrificing and searching I am excited to be on this journey of self-exploration and discovery.  I am not sure of exactly where I am going and what’s my destination.  But, that’s the fun of it.   Like Alice in Wonderland I am tumbling happily down the rabbit’s hole, having faith that I will land where I am needed and where I can be of service.

So, my fellow travelers, stay awake for the unfolding of your lives.  The best is surely yet to come. 🙂

Warmly, Tonya


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