16
Sep
11

Where Good Ideas Come From

This is the first time I have posted a link to TED Talks on this site, but I am sure many of you have run across TED before.  If you haven’t, you are in for a treat.  About a year ago, someone told me about TED and I have been hooked ever since.  Note that there are two links below:  the video is always better, but since most of what is on this site is the audio, I wanted to post that as well.

This particular episode has profoundly impacted the way I operate.  In short, Steven Johnson says that good ideas are rarely possessed by one person completely; rather, that most people have part of a good idea and some one else has another part.

Looking through the history, Johnson has discovered that many good ideas found their origins in areas of public discourse, like a coffee shop, because in those places people would share their thoughts.  Essentially, these ideas “have sex” and produce something new and wonderful.

The lesson is simple:  good ideas are meant to be shared, not protected.  But this is one just one many lessons, so tune in – believe me – it is a good idea!

 DOWNLOAD:    WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM (AUDIO) (17 minutes)

WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM (VIDEO)         

 Credits:  Johnson, Steven.  “Where Good Ideas Come From.” TED Talks.  July 2010.

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