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    Copying might be more innovative than you think

    Imitation is at the center of an enormous amount of innovation. Rules against copying are sometimes necessary. But in many cases, they serve to slow down innovation. Copying, in short, is often central to creativity. Quote from Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman, authors of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.   All creative ideas are built on what came before. Nothing is entirely original, and copying is part of being innovative. Anthropologist Robert Boyd and biologist Peter Richardson put it: when lots of imitation is mixed with a little bit of individual learning, any person can outreach the abilities of any individual genius Our ability to copy each other makes…

  • Innovation Hacks

    10 ways to create the big breakthrough

    SUCCESS IN CREATIVE THINKING Diana Budds at Fast Company has collected the 10 best strategies from the book How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking that will help us find the next big breakthrough, because ideas are not just a coincidence. We need to exercise our creative thinking to succeed.  1. Ask ”What else can I do with this?” Try to get out of your comfort zone and look at things, even the most familiar things, from new perspectives. 2. Take notice “Creative people are expert noticers” – Science professor Guy Claxton. Also here notice the familiar things, that usually tend to be overlooked, and open your…

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    3 ways of getting ideas: Gather, Hunt and Create

    Most organisations have unrealised potentials for collaborative innovation. Here is a framework for getting ideas for innovation at scale. A fundamental component to innovating at scale in large organisations, lies in your approach to ideas. Because you are going to need lots of them. But where do the ideas come from? Do they already exist out there? Do you need to unearth them? Are they so abundant that you just need to go and pick them up. Do you need to create them? To help you get a better grasp of this, allow us to introduce a simple framework for getting ideas. We call it Gather, Hunt and Create.  A framework for ideas:  Think about the hunter-gatherer society.…