What's old is new.

“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer

If you pull out the thesaurus and look up "invention," you'll find "innovation" is listed as a synonym.

I can see how the words are related, but are they really a substitute for each other?

I strive to be innovative, but I'm no Thomas Edison. I will likely live my entire life without visiting the patent office. I can find new uses for chocolate chips, but I'm not restructuring molecules to create a new type of candy. I'm not one to argue with Webster's, but to me calling "invention" and "innovation" synonyms seems imprecise.

I think of an invention as something that's newly created that's never existed before.

I think a wheel is invented. I think putting it on a frame with wheels and a chain ( like you would find on a bicycle) is an innovative use of the wheel. Of course, the bicycle itself can qualify as an invention, but using the bicycle to power a generator would be an innovative use of the invention. And so it goes...

I tee all of this up to see if you see what I see in this creative video.

The "music" is an example of someone using every day objects to show gravity. But this isn't a dry, Newtonian lecture. Delightfully, I think it falls closer to Mozart.

Remember - you don't have to invent to be innovative.