Crowd Accelerated Innovation recently hit my radar. This is the concept described by Chris Anderson in his TED Talk on web video, which I blogged about not long ago.
Today, I stumbled across a connecting link. Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, says this: An idea is a network. Innovation most often occurs when people can share and discuss ideas freely, in coffeehouses, in break rooms and around water coolers.
If you tie Steven’s findings to Chris’s idea, you see why web video facilitates innovation so well: it allows people from all areas and walks of life to share and access new ideas rapidly. It also partially explains the explosion of innovation that has occurred with the rise of the internet, why social networks are useful, why blog comments are important. An idea is a network.
Here’s another look at Steven’s work on where ideas come from.
Where do your ideas come from?