An Innovator has an Obligation to… Dream!

Editor’s note: we invite you to Kim Chandler McDonald’s weekly interactive forum — to read and collect your comments on “An Innovator has an Obligation to…” We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Week 18 theme is “Dream”

If, as George Carlin said, “An artist has an obligation to be en route.” Please complete this sentence: An innovator has an obligation to…

– dream. Ron van Rijswijk, Founder/CEO HPO Coaching Academy; Founder Organisatiecoaching Nederland

– dream outside the box and dare to imagine a brighter future! Timothy Miller, Strategic IT Leader and Innovative Knowledge Builder

– make dreams reality. Chris Archey, Senior Technical Product Manager, Bluetooth SIG

– to Dream Big but work with someone who gets things done to keep their feet near the ground. Consuela Munoz, Associate Human Resources Manager, S.C. Johnson

Additional Quotes from Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World

“Take risks, experiment, accept failure, focus on what, why and how without neglecting economics, ecosystem dynamics and people’s dreams” Chris Lonchampt, Innovation Strategist and DesignGov Board Member.  (Excerpt from Chapter 7, ‘The state of the nation addressed: Taking stock of how things stack up’)

“I currently run a startup called ‘I Dream of Space’ which aims to make space travel more accessible to the broader populace, but running a kind of draw; every time people buy a $10 poster, they get a 1 in 25,000 chance of going to space.  On the surface, it’s a simple mechanism to bring the unit-price below the disposable income threshold and thereby make it accessible to the masses…. but behind the scenes it’s a hearts and minds campaign.  What we’re creating is an accessible market – and demand.  Something the space industry desperately needs if it’s going to attract serious investors into the future.” Reuben Metcalfe, Founder of  (Excerpt from Chapter 7, ‘Being grounded when the sky’s the limit’)

If you would like to ‘have your say’, feel free to join in by sharing your thoughts below, and on the Innovation Excellence LinkedIn group forum!

You can also explore past themes, such as: Play, Create, Think, Challenge, Improve, Fail, Address Need, Share, Question, Communicate, Be Open, Journey, Be Strategic, Implement, Develop and be Agile and Adaptable – all viewable on author page.

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  • Kim Chandler McDonald is author of Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World (available in print as an industry-first, SmartMark enabled, Online Ecosystem), as well as the Co-Founder and Flat World Navigator at KimmiC, a company specializing in leading edge innovations such as FlatWorld™ – digital technology that empowers end users to easily capture, collaborate and capitalize on ideas, information and knowledge assets.

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