Innovation as a historical process

Innovation has been around for a while now and we are still pushing the bracket on a daily basis. This historical process can be illustrated by looking back at the pictures used for the education of common people on topics like handwashing, bathing and spitting. At some point somebody decided that it was time to educate the public about the existence of germs and bacteria. The historically innovative behaviors that we talk about here are:

  • wash hands before you eat
  • take a bath at least once a week and…
  • never spit on the ground

These pictures were taken at a Parisian Underground Station,  fittingly named after the scientist Louis Pasteur. After all where would the Dutch be without pasteurized milk for lunch?

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