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Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

This is a great, fun little clip about good ideas and how they come about. I often think about the word ‘innovation’ and what that means in education.

While this isn’t specifically about education the messages translate well.

He focuses on the ‘slow’ hunch that needs time to mature and incubate, using increased connectivity to borrow and build on the ideas of others. I love it when he says the success of the age of Enlightenment and modernism came about, because those involved ‘created a space for idea to mingle and swap and create new forms’.

In an educational context, it sounds a lot like trans-disciplinary learning: getting people from different subjects to work together on new projects, to think of new ways to present their ideas and the connection of their ideas.

Anyway, enjoy the clip!