For the next few weeks we will be talking about innovation, new ideas and inventions. Read all the questions below, choose ONE and write your answer in the comments.
1. What do these quotes mean to you?: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative” – Woody Allen
2. Think of one invention or new idea (for example: paper, the Internet, democracy, the guitar, aspirin, bubblegum, etc) and explain why you think it was invented how you think it affects our lives today.
3. Why do you think innovations tend to appear in certain times and/or places? For example, why is Apple such an innovative company today? Why was England innovative in science and technology during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (1558–1603) and innovative in music from about 1960-2000, but isn’t very innovative today?
4. Do you think Japan has an innovative atmosphere at the moment? Why or why not?