“…when one looks at innovation in nature and in culture, environments that build walls around good ideas tend to be less innovative in the long run than more open-ended environments. Good ideas may not want to be free, but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing conceptual borders. They want to complete each other as much as they want to compete.”
Let’s say an idea hits you in the face so hard that it knocks your socks off and makes you cry for your mom. What do you do with it?
Do you try to ignore it?
Do you love it, keep it as your pet, put it in a box somewhere where nobody can find it?
Do you share it, put it out there across twittersephere, facebook, the church foyer, around the office, or in a conversation at a coffee shop or pub?
Instead of hiding your idea, share it! Collaborate with others, and get different perspectives from different contexts. Gather up and connect thoughts on your idea from friends and family, seek out those who’ve done similar things in different places and spaces and understand the process as much as you look at the results of an idea.
Even better still, connect your idea with other ideas.
Try it. Your good idea will no longer then dependant upon you, rather it becomes dependant upon the community of people with whom you have surrounded yourself and your idea. It is a testiment to the importance of community and points to the brillance of collaboration. This is where innovation begins and creativity is empowered. As I reflect on this, it begs the question;
Is your faith community a place in which you feel empowered to share your ideas?
(for a compelling TED talk on this topic by Steven Johnson click here)