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The interaction and the discovery of connections


When we try to be creative and innovate, that is when we want to add value to our new idea we must interact with the world around us.

The interaction that we look for can be to start a search process, to clarify concepts or refine prototypes or even to test. This can be done at home in the garden or in the kitchen or at work, be it a software company or an insurance company.

What happens at these times is that if in fact we are committed to the success of these achievements, we see that it is partially derived from relationships with other people, through which we have access to knowledge and skills beyond ourselves.

Often some of our ideas seem to be of a complexity that we do not covered by inadequacy of resources and expertise but they can be exceeded over a network. In other words, is not only important what we know, but is also who we know.

Some time ago I watched on Talk 2.0 a presentation of “adventure” of a young Portuguese man in London about the success of a musical production. It was noted that there are two important things:

-Success depends on the team, and not of individuals, and passes through collaborative networks, to produce successful innovation.

-It is the intersection in collaboration that the new knowledge emerges.

This new knowledge occurs when a casual association during, for example, a research work, results in a shortcut within the set of representations that we have at the time. This causes arising light needed to understand a series of connections that until then could not make sense. It is as if I could find the right direction in the middle of a route, is the cut path.

Our ability to reasoning, in a world in constant change, causes so many results and so divergent that the world of creativity seems unlimited.

I think that our experience shows us that creativity, often happens when different ideas, stimuli and materials are put together through new combinations. It is one of the positive aspects to retain with the experimentation and even to fail when converted to learning is beneficial.

For example, when we experience an intersection of fields or disciplines or even cultures, it is possible to combine existing concepts and create countless new ideas of high value.

This concern with the intersection of ideas is not a concern now. To attract talented people from various disciplines and different cultures, the Medicis caused the meeting between artists and “scientists”, which led to exchange ideas, and discover the intersections that allowed for giant leaps in creativity and innovation.

In other words, enabling search and find the connections between different disciplines and cultures, led to an explosion of exceptional ideas.

To find the intersection between seemingly unrelated ideas, it is necessary to acquire the habit of observation. We must be constantly on the lookout to find connections.

“Instead of thoughts of concrete things patiently following one another in a beaten track of habitual suggestion, we have the abrupt cross-cuts and transitions from one idea to another, the most rarefied abstractions and discriminations, the most unheard of combination of elements, the subtlest associations of analogy; in a word, we seem suddenly introduced into a seething cauldron of ideas, where everything is fizzling and bobbling about in a state of bewildering activity, where partnerships can be joined or loosened in an instant, treadmill routine is unknown, and the unexpected seems only law.”– William James

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Why connections through several options care?


In our life we face problems of multiple dimensions that require differentiated levels solutions. Not everything around us requires interdisciplinary methodologies or very elaborate solutions.

But human experience cannot be conceived and understood exclusively through one discipline or reduced to a perspective.

It turns out that we have not learned anything with someone who sees problems in exactly the same way that we see and often at home or in organizations we are faced with problems whose solution requires the participation of various disciplines.

Our behavior is subject to multiple levels of influence and consequently to a variety of perspectives and the way how we build our cognitive map will influence our ability to solve problems, create value and build a vision.

Our world of solutions and value creation is not restricted to verifiable metrics; on the contrary it extends to infinity, up to a world of possibilities where you must include the solutions resulting from combinations, connections and contributions.

It is a world where there is place to the different feelings about things, and that gives rise to passions.

I am the reference framework for everything that happens in my life and so I construct my future through options that I create in an environment of complexity.

But if my action is generally boils down to choose what is proposed to me i I’m not building my future, I’m accepting exclusively the choices of others.

It is important that I identify the context in which I inserted, make connections and develop collaboration to create sustainable value.

The world we live in is a complex world where many of the solutions that are presented are not built based on our needs and therefore we need to create powers of adaptation.

“As individuals we relate to our complex, uncertain and foggy world not only through our senses, but also through ways of making sense of what our senses sense. These ‘ways of seeing’ can be thought of as ‘mental models’, and our minds are filled with them, whether we are aware of it or not. In today’s complex environment, the most successful thinkers can quickly and effectively abstract the best qualities of radically different ways of seeing from others and apply them to the situation at hand. In doing so, these thinkers develop an ‘adaptive lens’ on the bewildering phenomenon we call the world. – Mihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin

The numerous possibilities for solutions are developed in an environment of interdisciplinarity.

Explore the art of the possibilities is to achieve maximum breadth and depth of knowledge and skills.

The more diverse are our connections most comprehensive is our field of operation that makes our ability to explain very well little with as our ability to see and observe increase significantly.

When we highlight the connections between various disciplines we can explore creative forms of value and meaning, and to share our vision of the world.

A vision is a powerful framework for pursuing, our operations in any ecosystem, to the universe of possibilities.

Si Alhir (@SAlhir) on hisr blog fits very well the concept and vision of Umair Haque :

“A capitalism where companies, countries, and economies reach a higher apex of advantage — one where bigger purpose rouses untapped human potential of every employee, customer, and future customer, instead of deadening it.

One where fiercer passion makes innovation as natural as drawing breath, spontaneously combusting the spark of creativity instead of dousing its flame with lowest common denominators.

One where deeper meaning replaces the drab grind of repetition with challenging and compelling work that elevates the soul.

Where more authentic power flows from shared principles instead of (yawn) sweeter carrots and heftier sticks.

Where greater resourcefulness means being not the natural world’s conqueror, but its champion.

Where higher-quality value is created by doing stuff of greater worth. And ultimately where companies compete not just to change the rules, but to change the world.”

Create things of most value by establishing connections, understanding deeply the needs of people involve also a new way of thinking. Involves thinking about what we believe to be able to create a set of skills that will enable us to embrace the complexity without being dependent on the “wild” exploitation from who provides.

 “What is needed is a new set of skills, and a new development program for nurturing them. Specifically, we need to develop ways of building better ‘on-one’s-feet thinkers’, which we can only do by precisely articulating the kinds of thinking needed for business problems. These skills are varied, but they rest on an ability to think about thinking while thinking. That is, to think about what you are thinking about – about the complexity of the problem you are trying to solve, while at the same time, thinking through various solutions to the problem. Diaminds do this naturally, and because the skill is precisely articulable, it can be transferred.” – MM e RM

From the observation of connections in a given context we can see what information is relevant, deciding where it is important to reduce or cut, understand the causal relations of connections, and make the final selections.

The world is not only complex things, but they exist!


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