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5 Ways To Be More Innovative In The Digital Age

5 Ways To Be More Innovative In The Digital Age | Education | Scoop.it

For innovation to occur, there must be a cultural ecosystem in place which rewards curiosity, encourages learning from failure, and promotes diversity in choices.


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:32 PM

Creativity involves getting out of our rut. 5 ideas of how to do that.

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The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll Rule The Future

The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll  Rule The Future | Education | Scoop.it

We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor. A rise in specialists in all areas - science, math, history, psychology - has resulted in tremendous content. But how valuable is that knowledge without context?

 

Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists - but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts. Instead, according to writer Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries generalists will thrive in a culture where it’s becoming increasingly valuable to know “a little bit about a lot.”


Meaning that where you fall on the spectrum of specialist to generalist could be one of the most important aspects of your personality - and your survival in an ever-changing workplace.


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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 16, 2014 11:38 AM

I like this article because it's the argument I've been making for several years, especially when looking for positions. I know plenty about lots of things, but I'm not a specialist in just one topic. This makes me much more flexible and able to see the bigger picture in different contexts. I would think that the ability to be that flexible would be seen as an asset, not count against me. Fortunately, the company I work for now did see that as an asset, and continues to find value in what I can contribute for them.  Many companies missed this opportunity where I know I could've helped them out, because they were too narrow minded in what they wanted.  Hence, this is why I advocate self-promotion as a multi-specialist. I hope more companies come around with their way of thinking sooner than later. 

--techcommgeekmom

DKW Online's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:49 AM

This is certainly becoming an essential trait to have.

SITKOWSKA Marta's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:59 AM

"...  because a single-minded person can’t predict variables they don’t know anything about" 

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About Cross-Pollinators

About Cross-Pollinators | Education | Scoop.it

Cross-Pollinators 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.

 

 

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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Top 5 Educational TEDx Talks by Kids

Top 5 Educational TEDx Talks by Kids | Education | Scoop.it
Kids can do amazing things when they are provided with an encouraging environment. They can transcend the barriers adults put around their thinking and come up with innovative ideas and create...

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