Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where do good ideas come from?

Steven Johnson says, "chance favors the connected mind." Forget the romantic notion of Archimedes shouting "Eureka!" Instead, good ideas are really a collection of slow hunches - and the breakthrough generally happens when combined with another hunch in someone else's mind.

Innovative organizations create systems that allows the "half-hunches" to come together - and turn into something bigger. It is not unlike the "3rd space" - whether its the Milan coffeehouses of the Enlightenment, the Parisian salons of Modernism, or the Starbucks down the street. Neither work nor home,  these "3rd spaces" provide a place where hunches can mingle, swap, and quite possibly take on new forms. And it's why "siloing" is so dangerous to the innovative spirit.

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