Diversity Accelerates Innovation

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Thoughts on Accelerating Innovation Through Diversity

Happy Fav Five Friday!

Hello, I’m glad to see you here today! Thank you for your patience while I try to get back on track with my blogging habits.  I have been experimenting with putting myself into situations that help me stretch beyond my comfort zone.  Some of these activities include volunteering, attending events that I know nothing about, and also simply starting conversations with people I don’t know.  I find myself learning the most from people that are very different from me and wanted to share three ideas on how Diversity Accelerates Innovation.

Avoiding Group Think

You may of heard the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”.  I recommend spreading your wings and fly with some new birds to new places.  You may also want to swap your wings for gills.  This is so easy today with the power of Social Networks in the Enterprise and around the globe.  It’s also super easy to invite new friends to share lunch or coffee.

Discovering Your Passion

We live in an age of “information overload”, so it’s good to find some quiet time to process the information you learned during the course of the day.  Taking the time to evaluate how information, your connections and environment align with your values can help you discover new ways to fuel your passions.  This time can also help you discover new passions.

Standing Up and Standing Out

What value does the “yes man/woman” add to anything?  The “yes man” can easily be replaced and at very little cost.  Blending in is a method of being invisible.  The greatest change we see in the world comes form people that Stand Up and Stand Out.  A certain liberation occurs when we reach deep within ourselves to find the courage to share new ideas in a collaborative manner.

Fav Five Faces

Here are just a few new friends that have connected me to new people and new ideas this week.  You might be familiar with “Fantasy Football Teams” and such, well this is my “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week.  I bet we would see some very innovative solutions, if this team worked together.

Who would be on your Fantasy Innovation Team this week?

twitter-2morrowknight Blogger for @Huffingtonpost & OpinionEditorial, Children’s Book Author (1st book coming in late 2010), Marketing Strategist, Activist, Master Surfer! http://twitter.com/2morrowknight
twitter-sanchezjb Make a difference in gov, biz, & cmtys. Focused on leadership, strategy, communications, marketing, performance management, & IT. Cycling & sports enthusiast.
twitter-corbett3000 Interactive strategist and producer. Makin’ it happen since 1980. CEO of iStrategyLabs. Co-Creator of #DCWEEK. Fmr TV exec. http://twitter.com/corbett3000
twitter-IdeaGov Gov 2.0 Innovator. CEO. Founder, Silberberg Innovations and Gov20LA. Think Fast. Don’t be afraid. http://twitter.com/IdeaGov
twitter-2cre8 eMarketing trends and technology enthusiast. Believes in balance and simplicity of design + form + function. Mompreneur. Foodie. Art. Music. ♥ iPhone. MAC/PC. http://twitter.com/2cre8

Fav Five Places

O’Reilly’s 2010 Open Source Convention (OSCON) Videos

OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products. As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.

Getting Real About Enterprise 2.0

The web has become social Home E- Social pages commerce Media 1.0 One-way & static 1.X Dynamic & interactive 2.0 Two-way & social E-mail Dynamic Websites Blogs Social Software Static Websites Portals Wikis Discussion forums Communities RSS Instant Messaging Agents Mashups Chat Rooms Video Conferencing Pod- & webcasts Web services Social Networks Collaborative filtering Social Bookmarking VOIP Folksonomies Social search Micro-blogging Video sharing …and much more

Flipboard’s Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media

Flipboard is a beautiful iPad app that looks at the content your friends are sharing on Twitter and Facebook and reformats it into a digital, interactive magazine.  The consumer reaction to the app since its launch last week has been nothing short of completely nuts.

The Four Phases of Design Thinking

What can people in business learn from studying the ways successful designers solve problems and innovate? On the most basic level, they can learn to question, care, connect, and commit — four of the most important things successful designers do to achieve significant breakthroughs.

The Subtle Art of Provoking Serendipity

A teacher of ours at the GreenMBA, Julianne Maurseth, likes to say, “People gather and things happen.”  And what is the most wonderful thing that can happen when people gather? That would be serendipity.

Serendipity is the emergence of desirable novelty from a chance encounter, the discovery of something wonderful, unknown and unpredictable. It is the act of unexpected cross-pollination, the seed of something new.