Innovation is defined as profitable invention, mathematically represented as INNOVATION = INVENTION + PROFITSTM. Invention is defined as an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination. Invention is not just the activity of mad scientists employed by corporate Research & Development (R & D) departments alone, but that each one of us has the power to create new products, new services, new corporations and new jobs to solve personal problems and dilemmas. Fluke TM seeks to move invention out of the R & D lab and into the broader world view that is exhilarating, thrilling, wacky and wealthy with the hopes it inspires players, especially urban residents, to embrace the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Dr. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, states, “Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource. The ability to come up with new ideas and better ways of doing things is ultimately what raises productivity and thus living standards. The great transition … to the current one is based fundamentally on human intelligence, knowledge and creativity. There is a great deal of creative potential going untapped in so-called underclass communities.”
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Ida Byrd-Hill is President of Uplift, Inc., a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit Idea Incubator whose mission is reconstructing communities one idea at a time Utilizing Property (Intellectual, Real Estate and Technology) to Lift Individuals From Tragedy. www.upliftinc.org