Innovation, Invention, Creativity and Artistry are not the same

Today we once again get to talk about creativity.  This article I found online is useful but geared more toward business than individual use.  I went ahead and posted it here because of his definitions of each of the areas–Innovation, Invention, Creativity, and Artistry.

I may not agree with these definitions, but I do think it is useful to be thinking of these areas separately.  It is always a good thing to get straight in your mind the language you are or will be using.  We throw around words like confetti, never mind the actual definitions of said words.  It is good to get back to the basics of defining our words to enrich our speech.  So read these definitions of innovation, invention, creativity, and artistry as this author sees them.

Please read this article.  It is pretty short, but has interesting ideas to use as a jumping off place in your own journey for creativity.  Let me know what you think about this man’s definitions, won’t you?


Innovation, Invention, Creativity and Artistry are not the same

Last night I was at an event where I woman said, “I want to get in touch with my creativity. I used to paint and play music, but no longer do that.”

This got me thinking about how we throw around a lot of terms with no real clarity around what they mean.

Here are four terms that people use interchangeably.

  1. Invention, from my perspective, invention is the creation of something that previously was not in existence. The focus is not on commercial value but rather on novelty.
  2. Innovation, on the other hand, is an end-to-end process that starts with a specific problem, challenge or opportunity and results in commercial value (however that is defined for the organization).

Read the rest of this article here.

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