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A street art mural representing the innovative scientist Marie Curie, by French graffiti mural artist C215 (Christian Guemy) in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on 24 Dec 2015. (Shutterstock)

True ‘innovation’ generates ideas, not wealth

To become a successful innovator, follow Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi and today's female social entrepreneurs -- focus on ideas and social value, not money.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C- bottom) poses with participants of the “Tech for Planet” event in Paris, on December 12, 2017, ahead of the One Planet Summit. Philippe Wojazer/AFP

France, the land of entrepreneurs…

In a recent Twitter post, French president Macron reminded the world that the word "entrepreneur" is in fact French.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Heinrich Klaffs

Plagiarists or innovators? The Led Zeppelin paradox endures

How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
An example of how routines can limit innovation is classes and terms that run for a set time, which limits the flexibility of educators and students. Shutterstock

Your colleagues are not dinosaurs – it’s workplace routines that make innovation difficult

Everyday routines help individuals and organisations work efficiently, but can also be one of the biggest obstacles to innovation. Here's a five-point plan for implementing innovations.
It takes time to see which finding might be a golden egg. Neamov/Shutterstock.com

Funding basic research plays the long game for future payoffs

Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it's very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn't have imagined.
Apprentices researchers in the laboratories of Ecole Polytechnique. Ecole polytechnique/Flickr

Long live the Europe of scientists!

The 2018 edition of the EuroScience Open Festival is a great showcase for EU scientific collaboration.
Innovation through co-creation made it possible for Melbourne-based Marand to supply the vertical tail of the F-35A Lightning II strike fighter. US Air Force

Co-creation can help our companies compete with global giants

Working with organisations outside the business – universities, research bodies, other businesses – can greatly expand Australian firms' capacity to innovate and match larger rivals overseas.

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