Innovation and the Renaissance man (or woman)

The “Renaissance” men and women were naturally curious and didn’t have Google or the ability to view information at their fingertips. They worked for the information they consumed and were happy to contribute information and insights back. This broad networking and learning made them more innovative, to our great satisfaction, at least where governance is concerned.


It’s increasingly obvious that good innovators come in all shapes and colors, all moods and forms.  What’s also obvious is that many of the best innovators seem to be “Renaissance” people – that is, people with a lot of interests or who are engaged in a lot of different fields.  This always poses an interesting chicken and egg question for me:  do you have to be a Renaissance person to be innovative, or do all innovators resemble Renaissance people?
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