Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Where do good ideas come from? (hint - increased connectedness)

This is a thought-provoking video that looks at where good ideas - innovation - comes from.

It raises an interesting point about the correlation between connections and innovation. That the more we interact and connect with others, the more likely it is that we can combine our partial ideas, our hunches, the greatest the prospect of a breakthrough idea.

That's a powerful argument for improving the connections between public servants, between government employees and citizens and for facilitating better connections between citizens - through the use of digital technologies.


  1. Thanks for that Craig. I am reading the book presently and has a wide range of great concepts throughout. Definitely worth the read.

    I would also suggest that building solid connections across the silos of the public sector is good (as is broader citizen engagement), but building connections with the private and not-for-profit sectors is also extremely valuable. This helps to broaden the perspectives from which public sector bureaucrats see things. It is enlightening and definitely helps to develop better policy.

  2. interesting post and video
    increased communication and sharing of information is key to ideas being formed. Is this not where tools like Yammer can be so powerful - getting people across departments talking and sharing information.

    As stephen says it connectivity and the borrowing of ideas that leads to new ideas