Epilogue: The Powers of Innovation The New Economy of Opportunity
Leonardo da Vinci was part artist, scientist, and engineer. He painted, developed anthropometric data, designed machines for flight, weaponry, mechanical work and more, and even conducted ethnographic-based studies for his work. da Vinci was more than an inventor, someone who painted, or who made discoveries; he has become the symbol of a broader more expansive way of thinking and doing. The term Renaissance man has been used to describe him as a person who was the epitome of a period in time when Europe emerged from the Dark Ages, and his ideas represented a multidisciplinary way of thinking. We are in a new economic age that is in need of a new renaissance in product development, one that leverages multiple minds working in concert. A Renaissance image that is more appropriate to our time than Renaissance man is that of a Renaissance team, a group of people dedicated to making the most of the art and science in all that they create and design. The people highlighted in this book, as the new breed of innovator, understand the power of teams to achieve extraordinary innovation. They were not born innovative, but they learned how to excel as leaders of innovation.