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Invention is the first occurrence of an idea for a new product or process. Innovation is the first commercialization of the idea. First of all, while inventions may be carried out anywhere such as, for instance, in universities, innovations occur mostly in firms in the commercial sphere. To be able to turn an invention into an innovation a firm normally needs to combine several different types of knowledge, capabilities, skills and resources. For instance the firm may require production knowledge, skills and facilities, market knowledge, a well- functioning distribution system, sufficient financial resources and so on. 2. What do you think about the direction of user innovation? Consumers are not just passive. they often want to play a role in adapting and refining products and services. They want more than choice. They also want a voice and sometimes the tools to do it for themselves. The future of our society should not be mass, passive consumerism. Our aim should be to become a society of mass creativity: a society of adapters, contributors, participants, designers, with people having their say, making a contribution to add to the accumulation of ideas and innovation. 3. What is the function of Knowledge Brokers? Knowledge brokers facilitate the transfer and exchange of knowledge from where it is abundant to where it is needed, thereby supporting co-development and improving the innovative capability of organizations in their network. In the field of public health, knowledge brokers facilitate the appropriate use of the best available research evidence in decision making processes, enhancing individual and organizational capacity to participate effectively in evidence-informed decision making. In this setting, knowledge brokers promote research

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