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  • David Demery

    Great article. MacGyver was my favorite all time show!

  • Paul Kostek

    Thanks - great article. For those interesting in meeting and sharing with other innovators consider the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference - www.ieeeghtc.org - October 20-23 in San Jose

  • Luigi Leone

    I just want to say to you "Thanks".. I hope to get more done hereafter

  • NYU Reynolds Program

    This is a great piece! It is right aligned with the 'maker' movement and Maker Faire - celebrating creative innovators and how much of a social impact that can have.

  • varoon5

    I was most innovative in college as well.... when i had limited resources. I turned a water bottle into a dozen different things. It's scarcity thats driving innovation and making developing markets the perfect environment for ground level innovation.

    • Heather Fleming

      Great examples! Thank you for sharing --

  • Navi Radjou

    Heather: can't agree more. Check out my book Jugaad Innovation (jugaadinnovation.com), which showcases dozens of MacGyvers from India, China, Brazil, Africa who overcame tremendous adversity to created frugal solutions using limited resources that deliver great value to local communities.

    • Heather Fleming

      Thanks Navi -- everyone at Catapult is a big fan of your book. Earlier in 2012 our Lead Designer wrote a blog post on his street prototyping work in India and titled it, "MacGuyver, Jugaad, and Me." Looking forward to reading more!

  • antoinettezmoore

    yeah, how about telling us about those innovators instead of just waxing poetic on a bygone tv character?

    • beth.a.seibel

      Kelvin's story is awesome. I know he will do great things! Thanks for sharing!

  • Thought Nozzle

    Great subject for an article… But after expecting to be inspired by several examples of this kind of ingenuity I was very disappointed that the author only provided one. So the article became mostly about MacGyver and his attributes -- intimating that those in developing countries might share those attributes.

    The author says "In these places, the landscape is littered with broad meaty challenges like the lack of energy access, cross-cultural barriers, and the digital divide. They’re addressing these challenges in new ways and new models that are poised to leapfrog anything we can imagine in Silicon Valley."

    If so, how about some examples?

    Thanks for the pop culture reference, but a little more "meaty" research would have served this article -- and its readers -- well.

  • Tanner C

    Yes! Everything here is absolutely spot-on. Not only is it important for individuals to learn these attributes on their own, but it's vital for teams that want to innovate.