I was presenting with an interesting question this morning in the coffee shop - "has the Internet killed Innovation?". My first response was no. The internet has provided people with access to ideas and solutions from all over the world. There are more than 14.5 billion web pages on the Internet (March 2013) and a great proprtion of these contain ideas, comments and stories from people around the world, in all walks of life and from many professions.
So with this wealth of information available to anyone with a web browser everyone can be innovative - can find solutions to their problems or their ideas - either directly or indirectly (trigers of throughts spawned by something else). It could be argued therefore that innovation is being accellerated as ideas are built upon.
Then I got to thinking maybe the Internet has stiffled Innovation - if all this information is available then people don't have to think for themselves. A quick google search will probably give you the answer to your problem withought having to do the thinking, In this scenario Innovation could be considered as dead as a dodo. Somebody else has done your thinking for you.
So what was my conclusion. Being a glass half full type of guy I go for my initial thought in that Innovation is encouraged by the Internet rather than being killed. I see everyday new ideas, new concepts and uses of existing products and services - surely this is evidence that Innovation is alive and well in this internet enabled world.