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Let's waste some time! is a previous post I wrote about why we need to be open to new ideas. When you're doing research, you want to discover something new, which is impossible if you're attached to thinking that you already know the answers. Valuing not-knowing is the basis of all creativity and innovation. It's the state of mind that's open to all kinds of possibilities, of looking for something new, something that might even be surprising. Instead of defending old opinions or interpretations, you're looking with fresh eyes.

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Maximize shared understanding.

Wouldn't that be something? If businesses sought ideas from multiple sources
– especially unconventional ones (like BLOGS!) that offer diversity and
independence - and blended and synthesized them with their own internal ideas.
Just think if they captured the company’s informal social network –
the daily problems, challenges, and opportunities that their employees, partners,
customers/clients, investors, et al face. Imagine if businesses let staffers
and outsiders blog on company and product news from their site. I mean, actually
listened, before a crisis, to the immediate feedback and responded. From real
people they could co-create innovative solutions to complex problems.

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