This is a book about the secrets of innovations and breakthroughs. The society we live in is the result of many innovations and we will continue to need such innovations today and in the future. In this book we examine a number of innovations and breakthrough processes across an exceptionally wide range of areas in order to understand their underlying mechanisms, and the way they succeeded or failed in making an impact.
An innovation is something new — an idea, method or product—while a breakthrough reflects the extent to which an innovation shapes new developments and makes an impact. But the extent to which an innovation becomes a success or failure depends heavily on the process attached to it and the environment and culture in which it operates. In the international context this means it is essential to create environments where innovation is welcomed, rather than seen as a threat by governments and institutions. If you wish to make such an environment durable it is not merely a technical problem but a human story and a matter of values.
An extract from the Introduction by Henk van den Breemen to Breakthrough: From Innovation to Impact.