Changing Places

When workers change departments for a short time–for example, shadowing another employee in a totally different part of the organization–it enhances the innovation potential of the entire organization. That’s because it results in more “weak links” throughout the organization’s social network. And from research, we know that creativity is more likely to result when information… Read More Changing Places

Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds

We’ve heard a lot about collective intelligence, Web 2.0.  Internet-based examples abound: Wikipedia, Google, Threadless.  Thomas Malone and colleagues have written a new article proposing an analytic framework to help us think about these networks, what they call the “building blocks” or “genes” of collective intelligence.  Of course, I wanted to see how their framework… Read More Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds

Applied Improvisation

I just returned from giving a keynote at the Applied Improvisation Network conference, in Chicago–the legendary world headquarters for improv theater.  This is a fascinating and fund group of performers and teachers.  I was delighted to discover that improv has gone international–lots of folks from Europe, Asia, and Australia had flown in for the event.… Read More Applied Improvisation