Innovation’s secret sauce: open-mindedness plus knowledge

Steven Johnson — the author of Where Good Ideas Come From — has a great post at his personal blog about where his own good ideas come from. He traces his research process for his next book, explaining the roles of social media and synchronicity and open-mindedness in his process. But perhaps the most interesting insight is this: “All these new [social] tools are incredible for making rapid-fire discoveries and associations, but you need a broad background of knowledge to prime you for those discoveries.” It’s knowledge that’s the springboard for so many creative leaps.

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