Western Skies: November 2012, “Innovation”

November 4, 2012
Jari KivelSÿ

It was Thomas Edison who said, "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

You can listen to the full episode here, or download by right-clicking this link:

You can also head to the individual segments for full audio and more by clicking one any of the following links:

Roundtable: A Culture of Innovation
Fostering Independent Invention
Innovation in City Government: The Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
Innovative Livestock


Roundtable: A Culture of Innovation

Left to Right: Nina Polok, Eddie Sturman, Andrea Chalfin, David Amster-Olszewski

Our roundtable this month features Eddie Sturman of Sturman Industries; David Amster-Olszewski, founder of the local solar energy company SunShare; and Nina Polok, Program Executive for the Bachelor of Innovation degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Listen to the edited version here, which begins with Nina and a definition of innovation:

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You can also listen to the full conversation here (about 1 hour, 9 minutes):

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Fostering Independent Invention

The amateur inventor has long been a central figure in the story of American innovation, embodying the entrepreneurial attitude and freethinking spirit that this country was founded on. Though, in recent history, innovation has increasingly become the prerogative of corporations, think tanks, and academic institutions, the amateur inventor still has important contributions to make. KRCC's Jake Brownell explored one Colorado Springs-based organization devoted to supporting independent inventors in Southern Colorado. He has this story.

Follow the links below to learn more about the International Tesla Society and the specific inventions featured in this story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSRm2m90paQ
Couch Defender

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMgeKg7iQJk
The Helileg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lk1HxIonFc
Handy Gas Helper

International Tesla Society


Innovation in City Government: The Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability

We’ve heard a lot about innovation in terms of invention and entrepreneurial ship. But that’s not the only way in which innovation applies. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin sat down with Nick Kittle and Jay Anderson of the Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability to find out just how innovation works in city government. Nick begins the conversation with an explanation.


Innovative Livestock

The Forest Service is showing a little innovation of its own to help clean up land damaged by coal mining. They’re partnering with a cattleman’s association in the far reaches of Pitkin County to repair damages from the Coal Basin mine outside Redstone. The mine stopped operating twenty years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen set out to see how bovine behavior could help clean up nearby land.

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