The Arts of Innovation

Ben Franklin

Arts of Innovation

Innovator tours of museums in Paris

Tips for success in old age

Sol LeWitt,

Give Ralph Ellison a break


How Disney Imagineers innovate

Clint Eastwood, seeker

The complex
 case of  Fernando Botero

in academia

Orson Welles and John Milton!

Major League Baseball
as experimental innovator

Walt Disney
as finder

Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky as aging finder

Morris Louis
 as seeker


Which type of innovator are you?
                               -- and why it matterss

seeker: Paul Cezanne

Like many experimental innovators,  Cezanne was often dissatisfied with his achievements and did his top-valued work late in his career.

“I seek.”
          -- CÚzanne

finder: Pablo Picasso

Like many conceptual innovators, Picasso repeatedly changed styles and  did his top-valued work early in his career.

“I don’t seek. I find.”
                  -- Picasso

The basics -- Two types of innovator:

  • Experimental innovators (also known as seekers)
  • Conceptual innovators (also known as finders)
  • How David Galenson identified the two types.
  • Why it matters
  • Hypothesis 1: Everyone is experimental, conceptual, or a mix that’s weighted toward one of those two types.
  • Hypothesis 2: People can discover which type of innovator they are and put that information to use in daily life and in career planning.

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What to expect ...

... if you’re an experimental innnovator

  • In youth
  • In middle age

... if you’re a conceptual innnovator

  • In youth
  • In middle age

Seekers and finders in different disciplines

  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Novels
  • Film
  • Science
  • Invention and business



Experimental innovator:
Alfred Hitchcock


Welles Facek 1938

Conceptual innovator:
Orson Welles

Frost2 middle-aged

Experimental innovator:
Robert Frost


Eliot at 19

Conceptual innovator:
T.S. Eliot

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