It may seem in today’s tilt-a-whirl environment that great ideas arrive fast and furious, coming out of nowhere and fully formed. But that isn’t the case, according to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Technology may provide the connective tissue that speeds up innovation, but that next big idea will probably come out of slow hunches, accidental innovation and collaboration rather than any “Eureka!” moment.
(Thanks to Katya Andresen for turning me on to this great video synopsis of Johnson’s thinking on the subject. Gotta love well-done explanatory visual communication.)