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“The ability to reduce
everything to simple
does not imply the
ability to start
from those laws and
universe” Anderson, P.W.,
More is Different, Science, Vol. 177,
No. 4047, Aug. 4, 1972, pp. 393-396.
“The older is not always a reliable model
for the newer, the smaller for the
larger, or the simpler for the more
complex… Making something greater than
any existing thing necessarily involves
going beyond experience.”
Henry Petroski, Pushing the Limits: New
Adventures in Engineering
When Einstein was
asked what was most
helpful to him in
developing the theory
of relativity, he
“Figuring out how to think
about the problem.”
What you know is
limited by what you
can know today;
What you don’t
know today is what
you will be forced
to know tomorrow;
There are always limits to
What you should do is to
create as many alternative
futures as possible and also
keep with you as many
possible histories as
You don’t know which history
is connected to which future the limits
– but one path is unfolding
right now – you need to find to your
Burning your hand is a
small price to pay for a
variations • Interaction
within known s among
parameters members of
• Work of a group
• Released from Vanity,
• Create a whole
• Treat others inputs as
material to make with
sum of its parts
• So that New Ideas
Re-conceiving everything in
response to what team sees as
newly possible with each passing
movement of rehearsal, as a result
of each new thing tried
Sometimes one pays the
most for the things one
gets for nothing
The whole of science is nothing more than the
refinement of everyday THINKING
Actors and other artists do their work for the sake of
doing their work!
“Discovery” suggests there is a
right choice waiting to be found
Successfully getting reliable innovation from knowledge
workers requires a diligent faith in an impeccable process
knowing that it will produce something of value before a firm
Calls for collaboration without detailed/coercive direction
Passionate support and faith in their work
De-stigmatizing mistakes and failures – Celebrating them as
steps on the path to Innovation
The brain is a complex adaptive system.
The brain is a social brain.
The search for meaning is innate.
The search for meaning occurs through patterning.
Emotions are critical to patterning.
Every brain simultaneously perceives and creates parts and
Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral
Learning always involves conscious and unconscious processes.
We have at least two ways of organizing memory.
Learning is developmental.
Complex learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by
Every brain is uniquely organized
3 Conditions for Learning
Low Threat and
Immersion Active Processing
In Multiple, the basis of
quot;Optimizing the use of the human brain means using the
brain’s infinite capacity to make connections–and
understanding what conditions maximize this process.quot;
Three interactive and mutually supportive elements that
should be present in order for complex learning to
An optimal state of mind that we call relaxed alertness,
consisting of low threat and high challenge.
The orchestrated immersion of the learner in multiple,
complex, authentic experience.
The regular, active processing of experience as the basis for
Chaotic Dumbness (High Threat, Low Challenge)
Comply with this or else…
Constant use of “Killer Phrases” to destroy new ideas
Automated Disjointedness (Delegation, Hands Off)
Follow the process, don’t worry about anything
Processes above people – Right processes Mandated will create
“Skill Set” based work assignment
Passive Analysis (Data Collection, Historical Data Analysis)
Give me all the data that has been accumulated – I will analyze
and give you Insights
Quantify – if you cant quantify you don’t really know?
We will do a Quarterly Analysis to provide you results
From Chaotic Dumbness to Relaxed Alertness
From Automated Disjointedness to Orchestrated Immersion
From Passive Analysis to Active Processing
We Love to Kill Ideas! Everyone of us.
Especially if they are from Others!
Nurture and Grow
“William Daniel quot;Dannyquot; Hillis is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and
author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that
developed the Connection Machine, a parallel supercomputer designed by
Hillis at MIT. He is also co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, Applied
Minds, Metaweb, and author of The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That
Make Computers Work.