Soundview Executive Book Summaries

When Innovation is Crystal Clear

I always enjoy seeing the different subjects of the books that pile up on my desk. You can almost see what trends will overtake meeting rooms and management conferences around the world a few months after these books hit the shelves. The stacks are a good indicator of trends. In recent years, we’ve seen the rise and fall of many a subject. However, one of the most intriguing topics that continues to appear in book after book is the subject of innovation.

We’ve featured titles on innovation from time to time in our monthly edition of Soundview Executive Book Summaries. We’ve even featured the occasional collection of summaries on innovation. One particular title that always sticks out in my mind is Adam Richardson’s Innovation X  in which the author, correctly, many say, argues that innovation is one of the most misunderstood terms in business.

However, sometimes innovation is so easy to spot that anyone can see it. In fact, one might say that true innovation can be as clear as water. I saw this great piece from Technology Review that discusses an amazing innovation that could help millions. Researchers at Stanford University are developing a water filter that uses cotton treated with nanomaterial inks to remove bacteria from water. Access to clean water is one of the biggest problems in the developing world. One of the most important aspects of this innovation is that it uses less power than other types of water filters. Check out the article and let me know what you think!

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