The Spring 2013 CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series continues with guest speaker Dr. David A. Pensak, Physical Chemistry & Technology innovator, Founder, The Innovation Institute.
Dr. Pensak will give a 6 p.m. public lecture entitled, “Fear is the biggest impediment to innovation” (Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Multipurpose Rm C). Abstract: The word innovation has become meaningless from overuse. Its only value now is as politically correct window dressing to get funding to go back and do what you should have been doing in the first place. A check of Google shows approximately 100,000,000 hits. I’m frequently shocked to see how insecure even the top brains of organizations are about their own ability to innovate. There is a mysticism surrounding the concept of innovation that scares even the best of the best from even attempting to follow their dreams. The misconception is that the ability to innovate is selective, magically bestowed upon some lucky few who alone hold the power to change the world. But the mind-power behind innovation is quite basic, extremely logical, and undoubtedly inherent in any human being living and breathing today. It’s scary to realize that all too often the big guys in charge think it is much easier to intimidate than to innovate. These same business executives and academic scholars won’t believe in their own power of innovation because they don’t want to believe in the creative capacities of their subordinates. That’s the beauty of innovation: it comes about in situations all people experience in life, like needing to help a friend. Innovation doesn’t have to happen in a laboratory, during a ‘eureka’ moment in which a mad scientist discovers some radioactive compound. In fact, such moments aren’t examples of innovation at all.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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