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The Mind of the Innovator

From: Richard Paul
Length: 59:01

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Yoki_and_arm_small We’re told almost daily that we need innovation; that it drives prosperity and economic growth and is the engine of job creation.  We hear about these innovations all the time.  But do we ever stop and wonder where the innovation comes from?  What fosters it?  How we keep it flowing?  In this program we tell the stories of some of real-world change-makers, examine just where their big ideas come from and demonstrate exactly how innovators cultivate an environment of curiosity and experimentation.

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We’re told almost daily that we need innovation; that it drives prosperity and economic growth and is the engine of job creation.  We hear about these innovations all the time.  But do we ever stop and wonder where the innovation comes from?  What fosters it?  How we keep it flowing?  In this program we tell the stories of some of real-world change-makers, examine just where their big ideas come from and demonstrate exactly how innovators cultivate an environment of curiosity and experimentation.

Transcript

From the National Science Foundation, this is “The Mind of the Innovator.” A look at how engineers think and where innovation originates.

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Innovation. We’re told almost daily that we need it.

MONTAGE
SPEAKER 1: We need to encourage American innovation
SPEAKER 2: Innovation creates jobs
SPEAKER 8: Right now we lead the world in innovation in so many areas
FADE AND LEAVE UNDER

And it’s true. Innovation changes the world in large ways and small. It makes our lives better.

ENGINEER (FEMALE): There is potential for us to build sidewalks where -- yes -- these sidewalks will suck CO2 out of the air.

It drives prosperity and economic growth. Innovation is the engine of job creation.

ENGINEER (MALE): We organized the vehicle with two motors. It takes hydrogen and oxygen, they combine inside the fuel cell to make electricity, water and heat. We’ve come out of it being scie...
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Additional Credits

Written and produced by Richard Paul. It was edited by Joanne Culbertson, Cecile Gonzalez, Lisa Raffensperger, and Cliff Braverman