Rainforest Rev: Frontier Experience and Lessons in LeadershipPosted: November 19, 2013
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Creativity As A Kind Of Frontier Experience: Ideas For Rainforest Architects
By Jiro Tanaka, Rainforest Architect, from The Innovation Rainforest Blog
In The Rainforest book, Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt write about the “frontier experience” and how essential it was for the growth of Silicon Valley. At its core, the quintessentially American frontier experience was a disruption of rigid, established hierarchies—one that created a space from which new forms of cooperation and mutualism emerged. Once the old “conventional walls and hierarchies have been broken down,” new modes of trust and connection come into play. Much of The Rainforest is about forming the kind of social networks that permit a “promiscuity of ideas,” the free play of ideas required to generate startling and valuable innovations. Read more here.
Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You. (It’s About Them)
National Public Radio
The dominant view of leadership is that the leader has the vision and the rest is a sales problem. That notion of leadership is bankrupt. That approach only works for technical problems, where there’s a right answer and an expert knows what it is. Leadership is about mobilizing and engaging the people with the problem rather than trying to anesthetize them so you can go off and solve it on your own. Read more here.
Why Cities Are Our Most Important Innovation Platform
Innovation ecosystem has three elements that are crucial—talent, technology and tolerance—all of which cities have in spades. As Steve Jobs noted, creativity is about connecting things. The more random collisions you have with people who have different ideas, the more creative you’ll be. That’s why he designed Apple’s new headquarters to facilitate interactions, with lots of open spaces and common areas. Read more here.
Innovate Or Evaporate
The Huffington Post
Neuroscience is teaching us that innovation is hardwired in our brain. When fear “owns our brains” we cannot think creatively. The part of our brain needed for thinking in new ways closes down–the prefrontal cortex or the executive brain–and the primitive brain called the reptilian brain (better known as the amygdala) masters our mind, and then? All we think about is how to protect ourselves. Read more here.
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