Efficient Innovation

Efficient Innovation

An amazing Zimbabwean inventor just moved to the U.S. and got access to a huge pipeline of funding. He might have been able to single-handedly turn around Zimbabwe, and in our conversations with him, he was ready to do that.

He received threats though. Threats from people who vowed to shut him down and destroy him if they weren't cut in. I suppose deep greed and jealous trolls couldn't handle his genius and his humility. He got pushed around by local giants and instead of receiving applause, support, recognition, and love, he got pummeled with the color green. Local envy drove him to international borders.

The U.S. funded him. They saw the value and that's where he is. He was welcomed with open arms by people who want to change the world. Could it be that yet another African Idea has become an American Dream? What is it about the U.S. and their vision that empowers and accepts innovators?

This innovation graph is telling. [source]

It shows the difference between effective innovation and ineffective innovation. Is it that we don't have effective innovators or do they just move to places that love and support them? Then that place gets the credit…

Is Zimbabwean Innovation effective? Or does it put us into tailspins?

More gets done when no one cares about who gets the credit, but there seems to be a credit scramble (not to mention a U.S. dollar scramble).

Innovation works when envy is suspended, ego is sidelined, and humility is put on.

  • What if your role was just to support a good idea and never come up with one?
  • What if your role was to use your gifts to promote an innovation that would change the world, even though you got zero equity?
  • Would you take that deal?


(photo via phillips)