innovation

Innovating our Minds: Openness and Diversity for Transformation

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……..“By bringing together people from different functions, hearing their stories, opening up, we all started to see the problem from a more complete perspective. What took place was less about aligning different views to find a single solution as about listening to and entertaining multiple versions of what could be possible, through a common process. We could collectively and openly start from a position of ignorance — companies need that initial shared status of ‘not knowing’, to allow creativity in from the very beginning of the exploration.”

Read the full article: Networks of curiosity: how innovation and diversity go hand in hand.

Transformation: a conscious expedition.

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In April I had the opportunity to meet Saskia and speak with her about her innovative project..

Expeditie Hoogbewust

‘Expedition Highly Conscious’: an intriguing blogging documentary by Saskia op de Weegh, 

 

Click here for the original documentary in Dutch.

What follows is a summary translated in English with some elaboration.

 

” Enhanced or higher consciousness is about paying attention to your inner life, learning to discern your way to go”, according to Jeroen van Lawick.

 

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Diversity or the ‘problematic’ other.

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Today’s challenges in society bring about new thinking and ways of working: e.g. ‘Shared Value‘ (Porter and Kramer; 2011) or CSR 2.0 (Visser, 2010).

In these innovative approaches, we are faced with at least two big challenges: First, how to cope with uncertainty and novelty, as discussed in our last blog (Oct 2,’12). Second, we must learn to truly see and accept the other as yet diverse partners, thus overcoming a deep and commonly held perspective of the ‘problematic’ other.  Read More