Summary of Creative Problem-Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits

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The most original innovations are born of necessity.


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In Lima, Peru, innovators erected a billboard that pulls humidity from the air to produce drinkable water. This is an example of “frugal innovation,” the art of making more with less, which is prevalent in developing nations. Innovation strategist Navi Radjou predicts that the decline in natural resources and high cost of living in the West will bring this type of innovation to developed countries. And when innovators from around the world work together, wonderful things happen. getAbstract recommends his forward-thinking spin on R&D to all innovators.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Under what conditions Jugaad, or “frugal innovation,” thrives
  • How frugal innovation provides much-needed solutions in developing nations
  • Why this innovation paradigm is gaining ground in developed economies


A potter in India invented a nonelectric clay refrigerator that can preserve food for days. African inventors developed a bicycle dynamo that can charge cellphones. In the humid but dry climate of Peru, engineering students devised a billboard that collects moisture from the air and converts it into...
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Innovation strategist Navi Radjou is a fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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    Dynamic Dylan 2 years ago
    Great Summary. With so much information out there the idea of frugal innovation helps us reduce cognitive overload and reuse, recycle ideas we currently have and synthesize in new ways.

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