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5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas

5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

How to combine unlike concepts to create the next big thing. What happens when you cross a checkerboard with a midnight snack?

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Connecting unexpected people, places, objects, and ideas provides a huge boost to your imagination. You can practice this skill by using provocative metaphors, interacting with those outside your normal circles, building on existing ideas, and finding inspiration in unlikely places. These approaches enhance creative thinking and are terrific tools for generating fresh ideas.

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SweetBobbyJ's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:01 PM

By combining very different things we can come up with new ideas. Hmmm. Very interesting. 

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About Cross-Pollinators

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The aim of this site - Cross-Pollinators - is to provide you with insights into the hybrid nature of generalists - people who live in more than one world.


I believe leaders need to recognize the value generalists contribute with in modern organizations. 


The term Cross-Pollinators originated from David Kelley's book: The Ten Faces of Innovation. He describes Cross-Pollinators as people who draws associations and connections between seemingly unrelated ideas or concepts to break new ground.


Armed with a wide set of interests, an avid curiosity, and an aptitude for learning and teaching, Cross-Pollinators brings in big ideas from the outside world to enliven their organization.


People in this role can often be identified by their open mindedness, diligent note-taking, tendency to think in metaphors, and ability to reap inspiration from constraints.


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About Kenneth Mikkelsen


I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Cross-Pollinators on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of Future Associates, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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David Hain's curator insight, July 20, 2013 1:47 AM

Some great material here.  Kenneth is a fine curator and collaborator.

Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:12 AM

are you a cross-pollinator?

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Be an Opportunity Maker

Be an Opportunity Maker | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.

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A wonderful talk by Kare Anderson on the importance of having a mutuality mindset and being an opportunity maker. 


This is something that deeply resonates with my own experiences in life and why I call myself a knowledge broker. Someone who connects people and ideas. 


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David Hain's curator insight, November 7, 4:52 AM

Brilliant talk about overcoming fear and igniting hope among others.

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Buckminster Fuller Against Specialization

Buckminster Fuller Against Specialization | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable.


Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individual’s leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others.


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A wonderful curation of Buckminster Fuller's view on specialism and generalist by Maria Popova.

 

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Creatives: Your Country Needs You!

Creatives: Your Country Needs You! | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that businesses are currently facing a number of challenges. So what is our alternative? Creativity. In all its glorious, diverse manifestations.

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Generalism versus Specialism

Generalism versus Specialism | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

There exists a conspiracy against the Generalist. Society today rewards those who specialize: doctors, manufacturing, athletes, teachers, salesmen, cops, skilled laborers, investors, engineers, lawyers. Being labeled a Generalist often comes with ridicule of being luke-warm, a moderate, uncommitted, or without passion. But those images are false. They are hallucinations. Time and time again, real life actually penalizes the Specialist.


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Corporations Aren't Recruiting Enough Weirdos

Corporations Aren't Recruiting Enough Weirdos | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

You want to hire the weird people who offer reserves of untapped, disruptive innovation, not the socially awkward types with big egos

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Leaders should hire people who embody different traits and skills that are most important to the company’s goals. Those differences include subtle ones—such as personality, ways of thinking, or problem-solving—as well as visible differences, such as race, gender, or culture.


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It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person

It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Parents who spend a good chunk of the week shuttling kids to and from soccer practice or drama club might be comforted by new research that suggests this effort is not in vain – as long as their kids are good at math, too.


recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on having high social skills (some combination of leadership, communication, and other interpersonal skills). But, the paper argues, the return on the two skills together has risen even faster.



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Research on the skills rewarded by today’s economy. 

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Specialism, Generalism, Details and the Big Picture

Specialism, Generalism, Details and the Big Picture | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

There is a historic connection between interdisciplinary studies and a wider, more general higher education. Crudely, one can see that if putting two established disciplines together leads to interdisciplinarity then attempting to put four or five together may lead to a broader, more general education.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Carl Gombrich makes a strong case for generalists who pride themselves on ‘seeing the Big Picture’.


Carl writes a wonderful blog. Read it here and follow him on Twitter: @carlgomb


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Why We Should Believe the Dreamers - and Not the Experts

Why We Should Believe the Dreamers - and Not the Experts | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

The problem with experts is that they think they know it all, ignore data that don’t fit their points of view, and extrapolate from the past on a linear basis. If some disruptive technology hasn’t come along in the past, the assumption is that it won’t happen in the future. What’s worse is that experts often try to block technologies that might upend their roles. After all, if things change too fast, they will no longer be experts.


The experts are becoming more wrong—and irrelevant - than ever.


No one can accurately predict the future of business any more, because too much is happening too fast. At best, you can gain an understanding of the overall trends and the types of opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead. You can look backwards to understand what problems have already been solved, how others overcame hurdles, and what types of business strategies worked best. You can learn what questions to ask. You can realize yourself when your idea is either just plain silly or impractical.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excellent blog post by Vivek Wadhwa. 

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Why Being Comb-shaped Will Help You Craft a Sustainable Career

Why Being Comb-shaped Will Help You Craft a Sustainable Career | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Being Comb-shaped requires broad base with multiple expertise areas which gives the shape of a comb. Those skills are hard to maintain but they would help you to be in charge of your career.

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This article introduces Comb-shaped person concept and explains why being Comb-shaped will help you craft sustainable career in the Age of the Machines.

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Stephen Fry: What I Wish I'd Known When I Was 18

Other people is always more interesting than oneself! Be interested in order to be interesting. 

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 18, 1:04 PM

„The work is more fun than fun...”

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The Skills of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci sought a job at the court of Ludovico Sforza, then the ruler of Milan. Leonardo’s application letter, found in the amazing Letters of Note, included a ten-point list of his abilities. Keep in mind that Sforza was looking for military engineers.

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How Renaissance Men And Women Think

How Renaissance Men And Women Think | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Do you think like a polymath? Here's a quick test: are you more of a rational or experiential/intuitive thinker?


If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself, "I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought," then you're on the polymath path.


According to psychologist Seymour Epstein's cognitive-experiential self-theory, humans have two parallel but interacting modes of information processing. The rational system is analytic, logical, abstract and requires justification via logic and evidence. In contrast, the experiential system is holistic, affective, concrete, experienced passively, processes information automatically and is self-evidently valid (that is, experience alone is enough for belief).

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Renaissance People Don't Want to Choose Only One Career

Renaissance People Don't Want to Choose Only One Career | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Many creative people are multitalented: accomplished and active – even exceptional – in more than one area of creative expression and with varied interests.


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The Psychology of Why Creative Work Hinges on Memory and Connecting the Unrelated

The Psychology of Why Creative Work Hinges on Memory and Connecting the Unrelated | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

 In Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking, psycholinguist Vera John-Steiner cracks open the minds of 100 different creative individuals - writers, artists, composers, choreographers - via original interviews and an analysis of their existing notebooks, journals, letters, and scientific records, shedding light on the central elements and essential patterns of creative thought.


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Among the invisible tools of creative individuals is their ability to hold on to the specific texture of their past. Their skill is akin to that of a rural family who lives through the winter on food stored in their root cellar…The creative use of one’s past, however, requires a memory that is both powerful and selective.


A powerful and personally developed structuring of information — an active and selective memory — is as necessary for scientists as it is for poets.


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Passion Equals Performance

Your dream employee: She searches for new, better, solutions to challenging problems, takes meaningful risks to improve performance, performs at a higher level with each passing year, works the hours needed to get the job done, is well connected to others internally and externally who work in related domains, and cuts across silos to deliver results. If this worker, who exhibits all the attributes of the “passion of the Explorer,” works for you, congratulations.


Via Becky Willmoth
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The Explorers portrayed in this report from Deloitte University Press help themselves and the companies they work for develop the capabilities to constantly learn and improve performance. 


These are the modern-day generalist that exhibits three attributes: questing, connecting, and commitment to domain.

 


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Becky Willmoth's curator insight, October 14, 7:19 AM

Fascinating research from John Hagel at the Deloitte Center for the Edge, on the relationship between passion and performance, including guidance on how to cultivate passionate employees. A key distinction drawn within this paper is between what passionate employees earn vs. what motivates them. The research indicates that financial reward does not increase employees’ passion nor does it significantly impact on their performance. Instead passion is fostered via experiences and environments that enable employee’s sufficient autonomy to take risks, opportunities to improve their performance, and the chance to connect with others across and beyond the organization.

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Richard Florida: More Transformations Ahead

Richard Florida: More Transformations Ahead | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Interview with Richard Florida (The Rise of the Creative Class - Revisited): How the Creative Class will transform the next decade, and why artists and musicians predict next moves.

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The Polymathic Principle

The Polymathic Principle | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

The  engine of polymathics, why it works, is the synergy between different areas of knowledge. The more you know the better- but not just arithmetically, exponentially. Fields of knowledge cross-fertilise each other in many, often surprising, ways. The kernal of creativity is, after all, putting together things that have never been put together before. Learning skills, honed on one area become useful in another. You get different perspectives the more you know, and a different perspective can mean everything.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Everyone will tell you one thing; specialise, specialise, specialise…don’t.

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Don’t Dismiss the Humanities

Don’t Dismiss the Humanities | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

The humanities aren’t obscure, arcane or irrelevant. They awaken our souls, influence how we think about inequality, and help us adapt to a changing world.

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Read also this related story from Fast Company: Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees and this write-up of a conference on the same topic at MIT: Humanities in the digital age.

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To Build A Truly Creative Workplace, Hire For Outside Passions

To Build A Truly Creative Workplace, Hire For Outside Passions | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

FiftyThree - the company behind the popular sketching app Paper - hire people who are very good at collaborating, and the best proxy they found for this is to find someone who is good in a core discipline that’s relevant to the work that they’re doing- - engineering, design, sales, legal, whatnot - but then they also need to be good at something else. It doesn’t really matter what that other thing is, as long as you got really good at it.



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Once you meet the staff of FiftyThree, you'll challenge yourself to learn something new - and master it.

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Mark Ecko: Embrace the Mess

Whether it's due to exclusive communities in your industry or a slavish devotion to page views, tweets, and awards, it's easy to get caught up in pleasing others. Entrepreneur, media mogul, and designer Marc Eckō tell us that, if we're not careful, we can let others label us and define our career, robbing us of our natural potential. The solution? Stand up for yourself. What the gatekeepers may cite as a reason for your exclusion may very well lead to your success.

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Thank you, Arnold Beekes for pointing me to this video! 


I also recommend that you read fellow curator, @Richard Martin's blog post about label dodging here

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Misfits and Innovators

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"It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” - Steve Jobs


According to some writers and research, some of the big names of creativity and innovation share personal qualities with various sorts of “misfits.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 1, 6:04 PM

The Steve Jobs' quote is bang on. Teachers, who are pirates, are not doing someone's work. They are performing and serving in their being and becoming.

 

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 2, 5:10 AM

LOL and yeahhh...:-)))

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The Worth of the Polymath

The Worth of the Polymath | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Specialization discourages us from perceiving each other as complex, multidimensional, human beings and instead creates the illusion that we can achieve a definite understanding of each other simply through our majors or jobs.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 22, 2:08 PM

Where is the Renaissance man/woman?

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Prince Rupert: Philosophic Warrior

Prince Rupert: Philosophic Warrior | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

As what we know has grown, experts have had to specialize, in order to make advances at the frontier. Generalists are few and far between. But in this process, we have lost certain types of colorful characters. And one is the scientist-warrior-prince, embodied by Prince Rupert of the Rhine.


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The Surprising Science Behind How Super Connectors Scale Their Networks

The Surprising Science Behind How Super Connectors Scale Their Networks | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

How one of the world’s top super connectors uses scientific principles of social network analysis to dramatically scale the size and depth of his network without increasing the time spent. 


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luiy's curator insight, June 10, 1:57 PM

The basic idea behind Metcalfe’s Law is that the ‘potential value’ of a network increases exponentially as you add new interconnected nodes. In the context of relationship building, this means that as you build relationships that are connected to each other, the value of the network increases exponentially.

 

In the parlance of social network analysis, density is the percentage of people in your network connected to each other that could be. By increasing density, new things spread more quickly through it.

What sorts of new things?

 

New research by professors Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, authors of Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks And How They Shape Our Lives, shows that a surprisingly large number of things are spread through networks such as violence, money, happiness, germs, obesity, gossip, ideas, norms, and behaviors.

In other words, as we increase the density of our networks based on mutual support, we dramatically increase the rate at which its participants learn from each other and deepen their relationships.

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Da Vinci, Polymaths and the Art-Science of Innovating the Future

Da Vinci, Polymaths and the Art-Science of Innovating the Future | Cross-Pollinators | Scoop.it

Renaissance thinkers combined art and science in novel ways; the boundaries between the disciplines more fluid than they are today. It was from such voluminous expertise that the ideal of The Renaissance Man arose: an individual with many creative gifts who cultivated a wide range of scholarly interests.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, May 17, 8:19 AM

Yeahhh... a little bit (or a lot) of renaissance, reborn, rejuvenation strategically, tactically what you want would be a good point on our (planetary...) agenda... both individually as socially... Not all of us, of course... those being perfect, go elsewhere... only those who think that it would be a good thing...:-)))

Marc LAMBELIN 's curator insight, June 21, 4:43 PM

It is not "a believe", nor "an analogy", it is an evidence ..., and ..., an intrinsic property of the human nature belonging and coming from the Universe ...


INFORMATION+ENERGY+PARTICLES+DNA+BODY+UNIVERSES = 1 (the fundamental equation of the Universe ..., and she is ... "FREE OF CHARGE", cause her name is OBSERVABLE, PERCEPTIVE, AND PERCEPTIBLE REALITY)


... DNA, human body+soul+mind, universes, Universe ..., are ALL BELONGING TO THE SAME INTERCONNECTED REALITY, "ONENESS" ..., everything else separating this truth in small parts ..., are only minds illusions ..., and partial conceptualisation containing errors ..., and/or misunderstandings, and false believes.


Physicists are knowing that fact perfectly ..., mathematicians also ..., since more than 50 years ...


This truth has been firstly hidden since 2000 years, secondly transformed, and then denatured (to reverse the essence of meaning ..., until meaningless), by all political groupware having "political power and financial interests to act like this" to ensure political controls against others human beings.


This was the first step of collusion going right away ..., to globalisation of corruption, this is why we are free to get back the right to make a civil break through ..., nobody could fight against a worldwide CIVIL AND PACIFICAL BREAK ...


The first corruption hidden by people ..., are themselves ..., by denying themselves human nature and divine existence.


http://imagineathena.com/p13118/