To reconcile old and new knowledge
“Innovations occur when individuals with high degrees of existing creativity or knowledge make new and novel combinations of this knowledge with new insights observed or learned through spillovers.” – Desrochers
When I think of creativity and exchange of ideas (knowledge), I immediately think in connectivity and imagine a universe of complex relationships and connections, full of attributes and many surprises.
There are the connections that can create exchanges of ideas and innovations. These connections exist between individuals and do not create necessarily equal benefits to all involved, but are somehow beneficial to all parties.
But does connectivity generates creativity?
The intellectual capacity, the knowledge, the styles of thought, personality, motivation and environmental context are elements that must be considered to assess the creative potential of each one of us.
People who are more creative, are more prone to think divergently, exhibit higher levels of cognitive complexity and flexibility, and are better at handling unstructured and ambiguous situations.
This could mean that a creative person has some salient features, as tolerance for ambiguity, self-confidence (in his creative activity), independence and autonomy in decision-making, persistence and self-discipline, a very peculiar narrative and belief in its activity.
Above all, one might think that underlying all of this is an empathetic attitude in an environment that we wish of diversity.
“It is the “unexpected” and previously undocumented connections that are of the most interest, specifically connections that are only possible under conditions of diversity.”
But sometimes we heard or read stories about creative people where the self-examination, the retreat and the alienation from the world stand.
Does it make sense to think in this way?
Today the world is connectivity, relationships, even if virtual, where knowledge is a strong currency in the exchanges between individuals and groups that promote creativity through connections.
The role of creative people is connecting things that apparently does not relate.
With a world that is increasingly connected through the networks on the internet the amount of loose ends in information, increases every day, and the opportunities of generating ideas accompany this growth.
“So how do you go about creating a context where people can think and work, where they can be creative and productive? Anyone who’s ridden a horse knows that the secret to success is getting the horse to think that it’s doing what it wants. I believe that when people feel like somebody else is telling them what to do, they’re likely to resist. Whereas, if they think it’s what they themselves want, they’re more likely to sign up. Lao Tzu said something like this 2,500 years ago: when the best leader leads, the people say we did it ourselves.” – Tim O’Reilly
The environmental context where people fall is of course a factor that we must consider when we speak of richness and quantity of ideas either by their “quality”, i.e. comprehensiveness, complexity and effectiveness of resolving problems or needs.
Does, so that an idea is valid, or to have really value, it needs to fit into an existing need, even if it is hidden?
Is it necessary to have an empathetic attitude with people to solve the problems?
I have no doubt that only a deep understanding of the problems allow generation of ideas capable of meeting the real needs of consumers/users, but there are hidden, so needs unmet, who will only be satisfied if there is an environment of broad connectivity in the creative process.
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