For this week’s blog, I checked out the Detroit Historical Museums “The Gallery of Innovation” exhibit. The biggest thing I got from this exhibit has to do with the impact innovation can have in Detroit. When I think of Motor City, the first thought that comes to mind is the bustling auto industry of Henry Ford and the transformation it had on the city. Henry Ford’s innovations lead to changes all across America and the world but it was particularly impactful for those who live in Detroit and felt the economic uplifting of the industry.
Typically, I think think that innovation is not bound by geography, an invention in one corner of the world can have just as much if not more impact in locations across the planet. But, looking through this exhibit, I was reminded about the impact a hometown hero can have. Idea’s and innovations from a location can create a hub of creatives who attract other bright minds. These bright minds can help solve systemic problems in the area and uplift the economy through revenue from their inventions or from the impact of their location-inspired innovations. Moreover, these bright minds can permanently alter the way people go about their daily lives.