‘Innovation’ is the buzz word at many arts conferences these days, and among many funders. With so many things changing in our environment — all of the STEEP variables at once (Sociological, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Political) — innovation in programming, practice, business process, strategy, and such seems a best way through.
- Sustaining innovations in products or services are incremental. They help any organization raise the bar enough to stay in the game. In the computer world, this would include incrementally smaller, faster, cheaper laptop computers.
- Breakout innovations significantly advance the level of play within an existing category. Think about netbooks, for example, that were quite significantly smaller than laptops.
- Disruptive innovations change the game. According to the article, they are disruptive “because they disrupt the current market behavior, rendering existing solutions obsolete, transforming value propositions, and bringing previously marginal customers and companies into the center of attention.” Enter the iPad and other tablet computers.