Prior to the introduction of the tele-graph system, information moved from one place to another at the speed of a steam locomotive, a dashing pony ex-press, or a lumbering ocean liner. Letters, newspapers, books, and scientiﬁc papers required months to create and distribute. With this paucity of new in-formation, the advantage went to those who had the mental ability to use information in interesting and unique ways. In a world in which information moved slowly, the competition was not the person who had more information—everyone had more or less the same in-formation—but the person who could do more with the information he or she held.
Volume 55, Issue 1, January-February 2012
Innovation for Innovators