For something to make an impact and affect peoples lives the change doesn’t need to be big. Often small and unexpected change can have a profound effect.

We hear about the need for innovation and transformation in business everyday, or at least it seems like this to me. People are looking for the next ‘big idea’ that will shakeup business and industry.

Should we adopt a new approach

But is this the right approach to building a mindset of innovation. Shouldn’t we instead of striving for what might only come along once in a lifetime -those ‘lightbulb’ moments – perhaps we should be building our capacity to solve hitherto unseen problems. Unseen as in the sense of unresolved – because we make do, come up with makeshift solutions or just move on.

recent article by George Couros summed this up perfectly by demonstrating the personal impact of a small change to some gym equipment. While the ‘problem’ that was solved in the example shared by George might be characterised as a ‘first world’ problem the change had the potential to impact on the health and wellbeing of users. In some cases it might also not even be defined as a problem – the equipment performed its stated purpose well but the users wanted more!

Looking at the small problems for big returns

So maybe what we should be doing is thinking about how we can solve ‘problems’, obstacles or shortfalls we see in our everyday life that can help people in tangible ways. While we might not be able to solve them ourselves, other more design or engineer oriented folk can.

Here is just one example I showcased in an early article

mosquito netting socks - innovation - you never knew you needed them
Courtesy of swissmiss –

What would you like solved?

I would love to hear of, or see, any problems, obstacles or shortfalls you have seen in your daily work or social life OR BETTER STILL some neat solutions you have stumbled across.

Cheers for now Helen