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Spreading ideas and innovation

While in Brisbane a few weeks ago, I met Tim Kastelle. In addition to his faculty role at Queensland University, he’s an active blogger/twitter/social media-er. His focus is on innovation and leadership – important topics for the education system as a whole. In a recent post, he visits the work of Duncan Watts on how ideas spread: “I think that the best response to this is actually to approach innovation alogorithmically. What this basically means is that the way to innovate is to generate a lot of ideas, figure out ways to try them out cheaply and quickly, and then scale-up the ones that seem most promising.” (reminds me of Meyer and Davis’ “seed, select, amplify” model in It’s Alive).

3 Comments

  1. Tim Kastelle wrote:

    Thanks for the plug George! It’s interesting – I read It’s Alive earlier this year, but I hadn’t actively thought of it while writing that post. It must have lodged itself into my unconscious.

    Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Hi Tim – I don’t think the concept is unique to It’s Alive. They just reduced it to a very simple phrase :) . Continuing to enjoy your writing on your site…

    Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  3. Hi Tim – I don’t think the concept is unique to It’s Alive. They just reduced it to a very simple phrase . Continuing to enjoy your writing on your site…

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:15 am | Permalink