What is innovation?

I have been thinking about innovation often. I really want to know how innovation comes about? Is it inherent? Embedded somehow in our DNA in our complicated brain circuitry? Can it be nurtured? Are citizens of one culture or society more prone towards innovation because of the sociocultural norms?

I believe this to be an important question, as we carelessly toss around the term and tout and preach and admonish- “Be more innovative or perish”. The question then begging to be considered is can we? Is innovation like genius? If so then, why try to drag it out of those who do not have it to give?

Is innovation more than a great idea, a money making idea? Is it?

Hmm. I ponder.