23 March 2006

New favorite phrase

I'm doing some research on the topic of innovation, and came across a beautiful statement somewhere. It struck me so hard that I can't recall where it came from (although a google search turns up many places where it's being used). I just stopped reading, grabbed a notebook and jotted these three words down:

Innovation without permission.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. That's what it's really all about, isn't it? The world moves forward on the legs of those who pursue innovation without permission. Seeking permission to be innovative basically misses the point and waters down the product considerably. Generally speaking, permission is usually granted to things (& people!) which are safe, predictable, etc... which is not exactly condusive to innovation.

OK, I've got a lot more to say on this subject, but I'll stop for now because "Innovation without permission" basically says it all...

1 comment:

Scott said...

I read these three words in Vint Cerf's Senate testimony, located at http://judiciary.senate.gov/testimony.cfm?id=1937&wit_id=5416

Just if you were curious...