Innovation doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes ideas with big impacts can result from simply looking at a challenge from an angle no one has ever considered before.
A 14-year old in Pennsylvania recently found a way to save the US government nearly $400 million dollars - simply by considering something most other people overlooked.
As part of a science project, sixth graders Suvir Mirchandani dove into a study of the cost of printing and ink. He discovered that by switching their default font, his school district could save $21,000 every year.
How? Simple - fonts like Garamond are narrower than commonly-used fonts like Times New Roman and require 24% less ink.
Doing the same calculation for the federal government, Suvir found that they'd save $136 million per year in printing costs. And if all the states followed suit, they'd save another $234 million.
Such a small, simple idea - but with a potentially-enormous impact! Isn't it amazing what ideas can result from looking at a big problem from a different perspective?