Being a great inventor or innovator doesn’t mean having the best Ph.D. or most accolades. It doesn’t even require state of the art laboratories. Great innovators take the unique problems they face and the experiences in their lives and fix them the way only they know how.
This is why we need to empower all kinds of voices in a room. Why it’s important that we think about who sits around every brainstorming session. Because the more diverse the range of experiences is that we include in the process of innovation, the more problems we solve.
Adding more unique voices to the room doesn’t shrink the pie for others, it makes the pie bigger for us all.