A growing school of argument preaches that "innovation" and its significantly less important stepchild, "invention" are the inevitable byproducts of our "advanced" political-industrial complex.
For example, one recent editorial (here) warns:
"The gravest danger arising from the emphasis on “monetisation” of [our community's] traditional knowledge is that [outsider] interests will patent and monopolise benefits derived from [our community's] traditional knowledge not only elsewhere in the world but even here. This will prevent innovation based on traditional knowledge, depriving [our] society of the fruits of its own past."
It's as if all one needs to do is plant a seed, get the process rolling, turn one's head away and then look back with ingrained traditional knowledge that the seed will have inevitably taken care of itself. Provided itself with essential nutrients. Defended itself against all attacks. And sprouted into full blossom so as to be exploited by he who claims to have knowledge of the seeding event.
Where is the Little Red Hen when we need her?