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Innovation Scouts

How creative businesses in technology and media are unearthing new ideas in unexpected places—from an American Idol-style contest at Adobe Systems to eBay's new "disruption" team. Meet the new cool hunters.

In a connected economy, businesses can’t rely on the same old ideas from the same old people. To succeed, you need to seek out innovation from unexpected sources, in unexpected ways.

A portfolio of sleuths, impresarios, and connectors who travel the leading edge in search of the undiscovered.

A version of this article appeared in the May 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.