For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
People say that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six word story that would make people cry. He rose to the challenge with the following story: For sale: Baby shoes, never worn. Celent is presenting a similar challenge that is intended to bring tears to your eyes, but whether they are tears of joy or sadness remains to be seen. Celent is asking its readership to come up with a six word definition of innovation. My personal contribution: innovation is … easy to conceive, difficult to implement. Perhaps my favorite color is jade. You can enter the contest and see other entries on Linked In or by e-mailing your entry to Erica Ferguson ( using the subject line Innovation Is. We will be evaluating these stories as definitions and selecting a winner at Celent Innovation and Insight (I&I) Day in Boston on February 27th. There will be prizes! Did someone mention I&I Day? This year, Celent is bringing in the director of MIT’s renowned Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). for our keynote speaker. Jeanne Ross studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms, a subject near and dear to the hearts of many a digital channel executive in banking, insurance, or capital markets. Celent’s Innovation and Insight Day will host a variety of Celent and non-Celent speakers. If you’d like to see the full agenda and learn more details, please visit our registration site. I look forward to reading your brief thoughts on innovation and seeing you at Celent’s I&I Day in Boston.  
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  1. Manu Augustine says:

    Innovation is about ” building workable solutions before anyone else!”

  2. Daniel Caplan says:

    Bart, this is one of your best and funniest posts. “Perhaps my favourite colour is Jade”…classic!

    Innovation is “Not mentioning that word, just doing”

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