I think you have an intriguing idea +Nicolas Charbonnier
... The ability, drive, and desire to innovate is something to be cultivated and explored. And I think just about every individual who has experience and exposure in a given area, can come up or at least contribute to an idea that would advance an individual, team, company, or even an industry. They key is really finding something that can provide potential advancement in one of those areas. A company is making a sacrifice in providing that opportunity for an individual. It is a sacrifice that doubles as an investment (or perhaps gamble
would be a more appropriate term) with the hopes that the contribution will strengthen the offerings that the company provides. Some ideas work out, some don't - but the time investment as sanctioned by a company will hopefully grow the individual either way. If the contribution does
work out, then all the better. If it doesn't, the hope is that something can be gleaned from the experience. Failure is not necessarily a bad thing, provided one has the capability to take that failure, learn from it, and leverage the experience on future endeavors.