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First broadcast:
Saturday 05 January 2013

Innovation – at the heart of an economy or an optional extra?

In the Balance this week asks whether the global slowdown is the result of the financial crash or a lack of innovation. What conditions are most conducive to encourage it, and what are the impediments? David Williams, CEO of Avanti PLC, a satellite company, Daudi Were from Ushahidi, a new African technology company and Kenneth Cuckier, Data Editor for The Economist magazine will explore this with Justin Rowlatt. Plus, where do ground-breaking ideas actually spring from?

Are they the result of hard work or a flash of brilliance when you are in the bath?

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