PROJECT GLITCH: Mistakes, Failures or Gateways?

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison


The Leonardo is launching Project Glitch, an initiative to collect stories about mistakes, misfires and malfunctions from prominent Utah innovators and community leaders. Project Glitch is part of a larger exhibit designed to celebrate the accomplishments of local innovators, inspire individuals to see the world differently and take risks, and help cultivate the next generation of change-makers.

Why celebrate mistakes? As a society, we are consistently told, both explicitly and implicitly, to avoid making mistakes at all costs. However, hitting dead-ends is an integral part of developing “the new” as we search and experiment. The ability to acknowledge our blunders and use them as tools and gateways is critical to successful innovation and growth. These stories further the under-told message that every successful innovator and leader has stumbled (at times spectacularly).  However, it was his or her ability to embrace these mistakes and learn from them, that defined their ultimate success.

We would love for you to share a story about a time you “misfired.” If your submission is selected to be featured in the exhibit, The Leonardo will be in contact regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact Ian Shelledy, Innovation Director, at

Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your mistakes. May they inspire our next generation to think big, move past their fears, take risks and create lasting change.


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