Definition of disrupt
1a: to break apart :rupture<three periods of faulting disrupted the rocks — University of Arizona Record>b: to throw into disorder<demonstrators trying to disrupt the meeting>
2: to interrupt the normal course or unity of < … disrupted a bridge game by permanently hiding up the ace of spades … — Scott Fitzgerald><can disrupt an industry with new technology>
Definition of innovation
1: the introduction of something new
2: a new idea, method, or device :novelty
During the past six months, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to thought leaders around the world about two ideas: disruption and innovation. In most of these dialogues, there has been an assumption that disruption is a negative experience and innovation is a positive goal. But are these two really that far apart? I suspect there is nothing more needed than a perspective shift to understand the difference.
For example, we often hear about the disruptive forces of companies like Amazon, Netflix and Uber. However, unless you were employed by Borders, Blockbuster or Yellow Cab, you have enjoyed the fruits of these transformative services. Technology has a habit of being both disruptive and innovative.
The latest industry that is being disrupted is politics. Perhaps, you are in the same camp as I and find it difficult to see Donald Trump as an innovative force in the US political landscape. However, I am already beginning to see innovation spreading across the nation as large numbers of the dissenting US population are blossoming into activists and voicing their dissent with the current policies being put in effect.
The process of disruption, by definition, isn’t comfortable, however the innovation that follows can be a huge leap in progress. The key in today’s political world is to make sure your voice is heard, be part of the innovation and provide the solutions that become part of our future.