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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