Innovations Missing Piece Kes Sampanthar - TEDxAlbany ver4.0

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TEDx Albany: Innovation's Missing Piece - Kes Sampanthar, Director of Media Strategy as Cynergy, an award winning agency, and expert in innovation and creativity explains the innovation process and it’s critical missing step. He explains why this important step has been dropped or glossed over in most companies and how we can incorporate it again.
Drawing from research from Jacques Hadamard, Henri Poincare and Albert Einstein conducted over 100 years ago he reveals the critical step and how it has been used throughout history. He also delves into the neuroscience behind the missing step and how it works.

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  • Societe de Psychologie – Paris

    Henri Poincare (hornri poincarry)

    French mathematician and physicist

    He tells a story of his discovery of Fuschian functions in his book – Foundations of Science –

    based on his talks at the Societe de Psychologie

    He starts the story with a fortnight of struggling with trying to prove that the functions don’t exist

    After a fateful night of too much black coffee he comes up with a example of fushcian functions

    The part of the story is where it gets interesting:

    He heads off on a geological expedition and it’s during this trip, as he is about put his foot on the step of the omnibus the idea comes to him

    Without anything in his former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it,

    that the transformations I had used to define the Fushcian functions were identical with those of non-euclidian geometry.

    He couldn’t verify the idea since he was in mid-conversation but he checked the idea as soon as he reached his destinations

    Poincare goes on to tell of his story of iterating between hard work and periods where he is distrcted – seaside vacation, military service –

    and how the ideas come to him when he least expects them to.

    This story and Poincare’s talks was one of first, detailed descriptions of the creativity process and probably it’s most important step!!
  • This is a process that Graham Wallace came up with in 1926 takes Poincare’s idea a little further

    This is one of first step by step creativity processes documented…

    So what was is the missing step? The one that seemed to provide Poincare with most of his ideas???
  • Innovations Missing Piece Kes Sampanthar - TEDxAlbany ver4.0

    1. 1. INNOVATI-------S MISSING PIECE KES SAMPANTHAR
    2. 2. ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN…
    3. 3. INNOVATION PROCESS PREPARATION1 ???????2 ILLUMINATION3 VERIFICATION4
    4. 4. INCUBATION MORE PEOPLE HAVE IDEAS LYING AWAKE IN BED THAN AT WORK BASED ON IDEA CHAMPIONS ONLINE CREATIVITY POLL – NOVEMBER 2007
    5. 5. ILLUMINATION & THE BRAIN
    6. 6. INFORMATION GAP THEORY
    7. 7. WHY DON’T PEOPLE INCUBATE?
    8. 8. DO NOT DISTURB… INCUBATING 3pm @ WORK
    9. 9. 3pm @ PLAY WORK REASON 1: HARD TO CONVINCE THE BOSS
    10. 10. THE SLOW HUNCH “ In October 1838, that is, fifteen months after I had begun my systematic inquiry, I happened to read for amusement Malthus on Population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long- continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed. The results of this would be the formation of a new species. Here, then I had at last got a theory by which to work; but I was so anxious to avoid prejudice, that I determined not for some time to write even the briefest sketch of it. In June 1842 I first allowed myself the satisfaction of writing a very brief abstract of my theory in pencil in 35 pages; and this was enlarged during the summer of 1844 into one of 230 pages, which I had fairly copied out and still possess.” Charles Darwin, from his autobiography. (1876), pp34-35. REASON 2: TAKES A LONG TIME
    11. 11. LONG WAY DOWN REASON 3: PEOPLE DON’T LIKE GAPS
    12. 12. HOW CAN I FIX INCUBATION?
    13. 13. 1 WEEK LATER
    14. 14. THINK…INCU BATE…RINSE … REPEAT
    15. 15. THINK…CUBATE
    16. 16. HOW CAN I INCUBATE BETTER?
    17. 17. INCUBATION or PROCRASTINATION TIP 1: HARD WORK BEFORE INCUBATION
    18. 18. OPEN YOUR MIND "I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.” ERNEST HEMINGWAYTIP 2: CREATE GAPS
    19. 19. STAY OPEN TIP 3: DON’T CLOSE GAPS TOO EARLY
    20. 20. INNOVATION’S MISSING PIECE KES SAMPANTHAR

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