Where all think alike, no one thinks very much-
US author & journalist (1889 – 1974)
“Chance favors the connected mind.”
― Steven Johnson
The New Jerusalem of Innovation is networking for diversity. Innovation is but a product of networks and diverse opinions and perspectives. Mastery is all about networks- a group of people that share a common dream and commitment make dreams happen. Even Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel with quite a number of helpers. Innovation is a product of a souls committed to excellence, alleviating human pain and birthing beautiful and meaningful work to the world.
Networks maintain access to new insights and ideas not accessible to the mainstream because they have calcified their minds with intolerance of the new and the uncertain, the unlikely, the audacious and bold, that would awaken them to the truth that they can do better, that they could have played a more meaningful role in how things happen.
Innovation happen because people realize that we are all weird. Innovation happens as normal dissipates. When we start realizing that our weirdness connects us, rather than pulling us apart, we embrace the ideas that appeal to our tribes. The tribes that care about who we are and the things that we care about. This network of weirdos is what makes ideas spread. The ideas that spread, are the ideas that win.
Networks free us from the lethal exposure of the routine and established perspectives of ideas. Progress comes from the ideas that are far at the outposts, not those that have been squeezed of sizzle and flesh. We cannot not innovate when we all perceive the same, and agree on everything. Different opinions and perspectives redefine what is possible. They challenge deeply held assumptions and fear and arouse in us, courage and faith to seek clarity and make the world a better place, by our superior ideas.
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