Chapter 3

Inquiry: Finding Out How Things Are

The first component in grounded innovation that we will talk about in more depth is inquiry. With that, we mean any kind of investigation into how the world is. This is an essential part of the grounding of the innovation process, since it provides a solid base for the inventions to stand on. Without inquiry, it is difficult to know if an invention will have any use in the real world, or even if it will be possible to implement, either technically or socially.

At the same time, coming up with new ideas is always an essential component for innovations. Therefore, it is also important to be able to go beyond the results of an inquiry and introduce new elements. While there might be no such thing as ...

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