Author Ravish Patwardhan on Innovation
Ravish Patwardhan considers the abstract topic of innovation as more than just a serendipitous entity. While various individuals including futurists have espoused newer concepts such as “disruption” and “singularity.” Patwardhan explores the relationship between “necessity being the mother of invention” vs. “happening upon something by chance.”
As Patwardhan notes, examples exist of innovation noted via (1) necessity; (2) luck; (3) a “pure” scientific advance with application, which later finds the latter. Examples of the third instance occurred in physics, where concepts of light transmission decades ago may have implications to today’s iPhone development.
Numerous inventions list Ravish Patwardhan as either a co-inventor or sole inventor. These include electrical stimulation of the brain for use in conditions such as stroke, traumatic injury, and/or epilepsy, as well as navigation-related methodology in neurosurgery. Collaboration between individuals in differing fields of life, Patwardhan fields, may be necessary (as described by the phenomenon known as the “Medici effect) – however, this relies upon not only the coming together of such individuals, but in the case of an invention, a definitive problem being able to be solved. Innovation hence may lead to invention, as Patwardhan contends, but does not necessarily do so. In the articles discussed by Dr. Patwardhan, he discusses each topic typically in a past, present, and future concept – understanding the fundamentals being potentially helpful to the context of present and future course of the innovation.
Often left out of formal discussion of innovation are the other aspects of invention – academics, politics, and subsequent implications (as well as the environment and context of such invention). To some extent, Patwardhan addresses such relevant topics in discussion.
Ultimately, one goal of discussion around innovation, whether at national and international business schools, schools of engineering or science, or elsewhere, is to not only learn innovation, but to actually use it. From an background combining fields of medicine/science, electrical engineering, and business, Ravish Patwardhan explores the concept of innovation not Just as relevant to these three fields, but ideally many more – in the tradition of the Medici effect.