Conversation, connection, creativity…

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Creativity and innovation flourish when we have connected minds that bring ideas together. Or to put it differently: Collaboration and connection feed creativity and innovation.

This is one of the key themes in Steven Johnson’s Where good ideas come from: The Natural History of Innovation – one of my favourite reads from the past few weeks.

For a fun introduction to some of his core ideas, check out this animation video.

One of the things that struck me as I pondered Steven’s perspective, is how central good conversations are in the process of bringing ideas together. Conversations that spark new ideas or shape existing ideas into smarter ideas are at the heart of creativity and innovation. The question is how we can create a space and climate that encourages such conversations.

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