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Defining innovation


According to the writers in Wikipedia innovation is defined as follows:



The term innovation means a new way of doing something. It may refer to incremental, radical, and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. A distinction is typically made between Invention, an idea made manifest, and innovation, ideas applied successfully. (Mckeown 2008) In many fields, something new must be substantially different to be innovative, not an insignificant change, e.g., in the arts, economics, business and government policy. In economics the change must increase value, customer value, or producer value. The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or something better. Innovation leading to increased productivity is the fundamental source of increasing wealth in an economy.





Defining an idea


This is an interesting definition of innovation when compared to that of an idea which is as follows:



An idea is a form (such as a thought) formed by consciousness (including mind) through the process of ideation. Human capability to contemplate ideas is associated with the ability of reasoning, self-reflection, and of the ability to acquire and apply intellect, intuition, inspiration, etc.. Further, ideas give rise to actual concepts, or mind generalisations, which are the basis for any kind of knowledge whether science or philosophy or impulsiveness.

In a popular sense, an idea arises in a reflex, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place.



What about Group Ideas


Lisa Sabin – Wilson in her excellent book WordPress for Dummies said this on page 248 “Have you ever considered running a community with hundreds of users who operate their own blogs?  And accomplishing all that using just one domain name?  You can do that – with WordPress MU.  In this part, I introduce you to the sometimes


complicated but always exciting WordPress MU, and tell you how you can create and maintain a multi-user blogging Community.”




You may allow authorized users to comment on an organization’s blog subject to certain guidelines.  Professional organizations quite often do this when asking for feedback concerning a reform or change that they wish to implement.   Naturally, you have to be a member and sign in with your password.  However, it is clear that this method of gaining input from a broad base of users or contributors working together to bring a positive change is a fundamental change in the process of thinking that will lead to better outcomes in policy development and process improvement




Blogging will lead to an increase in productivity because it leads to ideas developed by teams being implemented and is therefore an innovation.

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