In my last post, I mentioned how Steven Johnson (in Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation) explores the recurring patterns in environments that are most likely to stimulate creativity and innovation.
He describes these environments as open innovation systems–that is, fluid networks, where we meet with others from various backgrounds, share hunches, and ultimately combine our respective ideas, in new ways.
I can’t think of a better example of this kind of dynamic environment, than the Boston Linchpin Meetups, which gather monthly, at the Burlington Public Library, followed by a post-meeting beer and wine drinking tradition.
Inspired by the book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, by Seth Godin, the Meetups offer a mastermind roundtable, where participants can discuss a project and contribute to the success of others, through the direct exchange of ideas.
Everything discussed is confidential, in a supportive atmosphere.
On May 3rd, the Eagle Tribune newspaper will take a look at the future of the publishing industry, in a brainstorming session.
Special thanks to the event’s organizers.
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