Madara Mason

Madara Mason's hats include painter, graphic designer, Instructional Designer, faculty educator, English Instructor, food blogger, and Oxford Comma Aficionado. If she's not in front of an easel, she's in front of a screen, or in front of a classroom. Her motto is "If you're not having fun, you're probably doing it wrong."


Innovation is an overused, and sometimes watered-down notion. Some claim that it’s one of those “I know it when I see it” phenomena. We spent an entire day with the CITE Fellows talking about the idea of innovation, how it happens, and what it means. We’re hoping to fill this space with the results of our first year Fellows in the months to come! For now, enjoy reading what others have said about the “I” word.

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

― Oscar Wilde

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”

― Anthony Jay

“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”

― Albert-László Barabási, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

“To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.”

― Henry Ford

“Innovators are inevitably controversial.”

― Eva Le Gallienne

“Technology innovation for the sake of innovation is an empty shell if we focus on what people don’t need but would buy anyways.”

― Iveta Cherneva

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

― Rumi, Essential Rumi

“Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?”

― Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune

“If you knew all about it, it wouldn’t be the leading edge.”

― Karl Pribram