While being intentional about our innovation is sure to bring results, you might be surprised at the number of commercial innovative ideas that come by accident.
Some classic examples of accidental innovation include:
Synthetic dye and the colour mauve
Here's when and how accidental innovation is likely to happen:
Incorrect application of instructions
Dropping, fumbling, breaking physical elements
While the accident component is what usually enables the magic to happen, the first part for most of these accidental innovations started with some form of experimentation.
It's the flaky dough that Keith Kellogg left standing too long, but decided to bake it anyway that led to cornflakes being born. And it's Charles Goodyear spilling rubber, sulphur and lead onto a stove to create vulcanised rubber.
Accidents happen, and with the right mindset, allowing a few accidents may just be the shortcut to a new innovation. Why not replicate some of these accidents in a controlled situation to see what commercial innovations you can create?
Founder of Ideas with Legs | Innovation speaker | consultant | author