Pagan Kennedy on Inventology

InventologyI wonder if you’ve ever invented anything? My guess is that you have. That at some point you were faced with an arduous task and you said to yourself: There’s got to be a better way to do this, and after awhile you rigged up some contraption that did just that. I’m sure you don’t consider yourself an inventor, some fuss-budget laboring over a work-bench in the garage, but the fact is that today, more than at any other time in history, we all have a shot at being a part of making things that improve our lives.

My guest today is Pagan Kennedy, the author of a new book called Inventology: How We Dream Up Pagan_KennedyThings That Change the World, and in it she not only tells us about the peculiar beginnings of life-altering inventions, whether born out of a junk-pile, or by accident, or from science fiction, but how today inventors get their ideas. If you’ve ever participated in a Kickstarter campaign or given feedback on a smart phone app, chances you’re already part of inventing something, and the astounding news is that you don’t need a degree from MIT. Some of today’s most useful inventions are coming from outsiders.

Pagan Kennedy is the former Innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine, and the award-winning author of ten books.

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