Advancing the Culture of Innovation

The Henry Ford has been collecting America's most pivotal and influential stories of innovation since 1929. As a catalyst for innovation and change, we're finding new ways to innovate, too. That's why when we had the opportunity to capture the oral histories of today's visionaries, we knew we had to do something different.

What started in 2008 with a single interview with barrier-breaker Lyn St. James has snowballed into a creative, collaborative with our country’s greatest innovators from Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay to Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Steve Wozniak and more. We asked them questions. They gave us answers. OnInnovation is now here to let you put their insights to work!

It is here that we invite you to co-create and use these interviews for personal and professional inspiration. Whether as a conversation starter with your classroom or workforce training or to pump up a presentation -- we hope they inspire a can-do mindset to think differently. By using the OnInnovation resources both historical and present, we encourage you to discover the process of innovation from the past forward. A process that just might help find the new energy solutions to power our homes and cities, the transportation solutions to keep our society mobile, the agricultural solutions to keep the world fed, the environmental solutions to ensure a high quality of life and more.

Use our resources, share them and keep us apprised of your reactions and results. Join the imaginative, ingenious, restless and resourceful people who simply haven't settled for the status quo. People who have sought - and found - radically new ways to do things. People who have challenged the limits of what's possible, developed bold solutions to big problems, and transformed the world. Whether you know it or not, you're one of these people. We're betting that you, too, can change the world. And we're here to inspire you to do exactly that.

Speech on "Advancing a
Culture of Innovation"

Patricia Mooradian
President, The Henry Ford
May 28, 2009
Download the Speech (PDF)

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