Three Reasons People Reject Creative Ideas… and Three Things You Can Do About It

We have all experienced it. You have a great idea but it’s rejected by your colleagues, your boss or your CEO. Rejection is common. While most people admire creative individuals, entrepreneurs or writers they can find it difficult to back a creative idea. Why is that? Here are three reasons why people reject novel ideasContinue reading “Three Reasons People Reject Creative Ideas… and Three Things You Can Do About It”

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Your Adjacent Possible – It’s Bigger Than You Think

Why didn’t  Leonardo da Vinci invent the helicopter? In the 1480’s he drew a vertical flight machine. His notebooks reveal that he built small models of it. So why wasn’t he the first person to make a helicopter?

Tablecloths for Idea Generation

I recently organised a workshop with Sara Jones of City University, London. Sara wanted to use the Digital Shoreditch Festival as an opportunity to generate new and useful ideas on ‘How to foster a culture of collaboration between universities and industry’. The festival brings together diverse participants from start-ups, SMEs, large companies and academia forContinue reading “Tablecloths for Idea Generation”

Twitter: The Amplifier and the Fishing Rod

I was speaking with the social media director of a large company recently and he described Twitter as the amplifier in the social media system. His company posts interesting content into different platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, blogs etc.) They know it will be read by the users of those platform and reach a significant number of people.Continue reading “Twitter: The Amplifier and the Fishing Rod”

Enterprise Social Networks: Build It and They Will Come (Maybe)

Enterprise social networks (like Yammer or Jive) are great for sharing information, having conversations and developing ideas. I seen a number of businesses implement enterprise social networks. I know that some of them have been disappointed with the outcomes. They’ve invested in the implementation and roll out. Technically the implementations have been great. Yet peopleContinue reading “Enterprise Social Networks: Build It and They Will Come (Maybe)”

Social Creativity = People + Appropriate Technology

Crowdsourcing, collaboration, co-creation – there’s a lot of interest in how to involve more people in creative processes. It is often referred to as ‘social creativity’. But do we really understand how to combine people, technology and creativity to generate new solutions? Here’s a simple four step model that can help commercial organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises: