Chance favors the connected mind

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It’s a stunning reference from Darcy Ohman, President and CEO of the Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

The concept is that you have a partial idea, or a hunch, that needs to be combined with another hunch to form a fully-developed, great idea. Sometimes patience and thought will get you there just fine, allowing the fragments of ideas time to incubate, but generally your great idea will occur thanks to the combination of your hunch with someone else’s hunch. To get to that point, you need to place yourself in environments that foster good collaboration.

Author and big thinker Stephen Johnson argues that while the web can often be a distraction, it can also be a fantastic collaborative environment for the development of great ideas. Johnson has created a terrific video that comes from his really good book, Where Good Ideas Come From.

A post from the 2011 Media Learning Seminar. At Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar, community and place-based foundation leaders meet with journalism and technology experts to explore the topic of community information needs. Follow the event on Twitter at #infoneeds and @knightfdn.