Don't be Afraid to Looking Around the Corner

Posted on 07. Jan, 2010 by in Blog

I am reading a very thought provoking book called “Smart World — Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas” by Richard Ogle, Harvard Business School Press. Note: A thanks for David Brooks of the New York Times for putting me onto this book. Even though the writing is academic and sometimes dry, Ogle has hit a nerve with me and maybe will with you. His premise is that there is “Networked Dynamics of Idea-Spaces”. There are two major key claims which are detailed in the book that outline idea:

1. “The extended mind, embodied in a world we ourselves have made smart, is a self-organizing network of idea-space, spaces of embedded intelligence that creatively form and reform themselves in accordance with laws based upon principles of network science.”

2. “Imagination, insight, and intuition, the core individual mental capacities underlying creative analogical reasoning, engage dynamically with these spaces, giving creative leaps.”

It is the idea of us going outside our brains and ego to team up with others who make society productive whole. It is breaking down the “I” into we. All the great art movements came about during chaotic times, e.g., visual, drama, literature. They were instrumental because creative people believed that only through “We” could we transform our society into a better place.

Let’s look around the corner, and embrace the “We” in us to find this better place for us and future generations.

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