Weekly bits of interest – 10 April 2012

Some recent developments and articles of interest:

As always, please feel free to identify any other recent developments or articles of interest in the comments below.

  1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Suzanne Labarre “Uh-Oh: Science Says Creativity And Dishonesty Go Hand In Hand” 20 March 2012 accessed at http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669295/uh-oh-science-says-creativity-also-dishonesty-go-hand-in-hand
  2. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Francis Walsh “Government as a social media hub?” 3 April 2012 accessed at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/government-as-a-social-media-hub-20120403-1wa87.html
  3. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Tim Kastelle “Three Hidden Factors that Make Innovation Diffusion Hard” 9 April 2012 accessed at http://timkastelle.org/blog/2012/04/three-hidden-factors-that-make-innovation-diffusion-hard/
  4. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Stephen Shapiro “Work with People You Don’t Like” 9 April 2012 accessed at http://www.steveshapiro.com/2012/04/09/work-with-people-you-dont-like/
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2 comments

  1. So being innovative has potential downsides. That’s why humans as a species have evolved diversity in many of these attributes (some research says we have the most diversity of any species). Each attribute carries with advantages and disadvantages. None is better than another, it is always context specific and getting the mix right in the group or population. The right mix being that which correlates with the most ‘successful’ outcomes whatever the relevant measure of success is. So it’s about balance; having the right number of, in this case, innovators and not expecting everyone to be one or to fashionably say that the best people are those who display one attribute over another. And that comes across well in another article mentioned about working with people who are different to you. Diversity produces success. Yet so often we tend to be categorical and absolute about these things.

    • Thanks for the comment Tom – I agree with that. A succesfful innovation system will require people with a diverse range and mix of skills, characteristics, experience and perspectives. And I thought the piece on creative people being more likely to cheat interesting as I think it shows that creativity and innovation are not inherently ‘good’ – there can be downsides as well, but as you intimate, they can often be overlooked.