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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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No matter the truth! The important is the possibility!

To create something new through the intersection of ideas can be an interesting challenge if the intention is indeed to find relevant items in the ideas of others and not just a confrontation.

When we try to be creative and innovate, that is when we want our new idea is shared by someone we have necessarily interact and ask questions, understand cultures and create new broader meanings.

This interaction both can be to prepare a recipe that satisfies different tastes as to solve a serious problem of accommodation to a group of people, victims of an accident.

If indeed we are committed to the success of these achievements, we can see that success depends on relationships with other people, through which we have access to knowledge and skills beyond ourselves.

In seeking solutions and as the situations grows in complexity when our resources are limited, that complexity can be simplified through a network of contacts that will be both richer and more diverse. In other words, is not only what we know, but is also who we know.

But it’s not enough to meet or establish connections with other people. We need more two things:

-Openness to an interrelationship, which means admitting failure both in us and in others and

 

-Want to ask questions.

The innovative person frequently asks questions that challenge the status quo or traditional or conventional wisdom.

For example, a successful music production depends on the team, and not as isolated individuals or super stars, and passes through collaborative networks, to produce a work of success. It is from the intersection in collaboration that emerges the new knowledge, the discovery of new possibilities, and the ability to ask questions.

When for any reason, we make an association that is not typical of our environment, caused, for example, for a research paper, this association results in a shortcut to reach a new idea and is outside of our well-educated network representations.

I say well-educated, because our history or the set of our experiments, cause usually do not think differently and what happens is that often when we think differently, we find the right direction in the middle of the route. It is the cut path.

It seems that creativity often happens when different ideas, stimuli and materials are put together through new combinations. But when we are faced with an intersection of fields or disciplines or even cultures, it is possible to combine existing concepts and create countless new ideas of high value.

Where is the relevance of things?

Then, as now, the most exciting work in design happened at the intersection of two or more disciplines, where knowledge from one finds relevance in another. Many designers might say, quite rightly, that they always work at the nexus of disciplines—synthesizing the demands of engineering, business, and human factors, not to mention style. Yet some designers still push beyond the expectations of their profession, breaking down more boundaries.”

We can provide energy to go to different places, and using the compass instead of GPS, looking at the intersection of new things that are not in the normal route.

This concern with the intersection of ideas is not a new concern. To attract talented people from many different disciplines and cultures, the Medici  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, allowing search and find the connections between different disciplines and cultures, led us 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.

And if…?

Curiosity is a good food, and when combined with experimentation of constructing scenarios not yet explored. When we explore new possibilities and we experiment them in teams where the diversity of disciplines exists we test scenarios that individually would not be possible.

When we observe, we look and see something! When we experiment we confirm what we see!

 

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