How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge | 19 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, How Innovation Works, which argues that we need to change the way we think about innovation, to see it as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens to society as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than as an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Ridley also discusses the covid-19 crisis, that China has the low-level freedoms necessary for innovation, and predicts what the world might look like in 2050.

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The Spirit of Innovation

New Money Review Podcast | 24 February 2020 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes on innovation and the factors driving the timing and location of the Industrial Revolution. Discusses why Elizabethan England lagged in agriculture and industry; how an ‘improving mentality’ came to England; institutional support for innovation; the role of royal monopolies and early corporations, great exhibitions, world fairs and international competition; and copyrights, patents and innovation.

Anton’s newsletter, Age of Invention, was probably my favourite discovery of the last year or so. His book, Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation will be published 12 May 2020.

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Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Five Good Questions Podcast | 20 March 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses the most important event in human history, innovation lessons from the history of how we light our homes, whether debt allows us to pull innovation from the future, lessons from past epidemics for dealing with covid-19, and whether science is now too complex for gentlemen science.

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Clay Christensen – Innovator’s Dilemma

Moonshots – Adventures in Innovation | 17 September 2018 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Clay Christensen has died at 67 (NY Times obituary). This discusses ideas from his books The Innovator’s Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life? Includes excerpts from presentations illustrating his ideas on innovation.

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James Dyson

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 22 July 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the inspiration, process and persistence behind Sir James Dyson’s invention of a bagless vacuum cleaner. Bundled with lessons for inventors and entrepreneurs.

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A Faustian Pact

Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years | 15 April 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Deliciously narrated story of Johannes Gutenberg’s medieval tech start-up and his invention of the printing press that unleashed a societal revolution.

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