I updated “Created Serendipity: Chance Favors the Connected Mind ” with selections from “What does knowledge work look like? | LinkedIn” and “WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube”.
These days, the equivalent of the 20th century ‘work hack’ of spending time at the water cooler is spending time on social networks. The ironic thing is that, because knowledge work isn’t usually procedural and repetitive, but thrives on serendipity and slow hunches, this ‘goofing off’ can actually be beneficial.
Most important ideas take a long time to evolve.
Good ideas usually come from the collision of smaller hunches.
When ideas take form in this hunch state, they need to collide with other hunches. Often times, the thing that turns a hunch into a real breakthrough is another hunch that’s lurking in somebody else’s mind. And you have to figure out a way to create systems that allow those hunches to come together and turn into something bigger than the sum of their parts.
The great driver of scientific innovation and technological innovation has been the historic increase in connectivity and our ability to reach out and exchange ideas with other people and to borrow other people’s hunches and combine them with out hunches and turn them into something new.
That’s the real lesson of where good ideas come from: that chance favors the connected mind.
I also reworked my placeholder opening graf (too long it lingered) into a few somewhat better grafs that need work, still, and will, again, too long linger.