Im Karla Phlypo-Price a PhD (C) and this blog is dedicated to my exploration into open innovation, social media, creativity, intrinsic motivation, collaborative creativity, and knowledge management 3.0.
I will be using this venue to articulate and discuss my findings as I journey toward the completion of my dissertation.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My final reflection for 2012 considers one of the huge paradigms that is arisen in the last few years - the rapidly increasing desire for people to connect (hence the rise of social media). These connections are, for the first time, shaping the way businesses behave and more often now, try to take financial advantage of the masses with unpopular agreements or addendum’s. But these organizations will not last long if they behave without integrity. Many governments have already taken steps to constrict the newfound online voice of the people (China, middle east, even Russia now is tightening up). The leaders don’t want to allow any unsupportive voices and they don’t want to change their ways. These new voices will not be held back. Governmental controls to suppress it will not work, because truth will win in the long run.
In 2013 we will watch, and hold the feet (of those who say they are) our representatives to the fires of truth, compromise, understanding, compassion. Hopefully this new social community (of very diverse views) can encourage our representatives to behave in a unifying manner. Do not let those who would divide us because of ideological rhetoric, cause us to take our eyes off the ball (of integrity). The peoples’ priorities are peace, a way to make a living, time to love our families, pursue dreams of what is possible, healthy food, open communication, good education for our children and for ourselves. We want to be able to worship in any way we desire. Now, how those things are pursued in the coming year will be unique to each of us, but I’m sure we can agree that these are still the values that bind us, not tear us asunder.
Let’s be the ones to remember - we have more in common then we recognize. Let 2013 be a year of unity around greater possibilities - for we are one people.
Goethe stood out in his time, a brilliant ‘renaissance person’. He was an explorer of art, literature, philosophy and science. Like so many of our most brilliant men and women throughout history, he seemed to be a ‘whole-brained’ and ‘multi-faceted’ man. These types of individuals, who have intense curiosity in many areas of interest, can access a deeper well of creativity to draw from - and a wider range of solutions.
Single mindedness - a individual in pursuit of answers - has become a relic of the past. Unity mindedness however, allows for some focused thinking and unique personal realities, but also enables action from a unified perspective which is to acknowledge, respect and appreciate the knowledge of others (no matter their background, educational level, or credentials) and thus leverage a maximum exposure to the diversity of thought.
Having an array of experiences certainly expands one’s creative capacity. Obviously, when we draw from many viewpoints and perspectives, one is able to more effectively construct, from ones own heart and intellect, what is ‘truth’ for one’s self.
Despair/anger/frustration arises when we cannot see other solutions, when we are trapped by our own paradigms and dogma. For the modern day ‘renaissance person’, who has a much wider range of experiences to draw from, these negative emotions are less likely to attack.
I suggest, when planning your 2013, to include scheduling in some ‘out of the box ’ experiences… some unusual and exciting events that can expand you beyond your paradigms and open you to the outrageous solutions that are just waiting.
Pope John XXIII
When we consult our fears, they will always push out our dreams and hopefulness. When I think about organizations currently behave, from this perspective, I see how structure of organizational consciousness could encompass the unfulfilled creative potential of the individuals that contribute to the organization. Generally, the organizational structure deems that people focus on failure mitigation and rarely on what is possible. Appreciating where one is, without fixating on the failures or problems, creates the potential to construct a new vision (Appreciative Inquiry).
As Pope John said, “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do”. We need more potentiality-based thinking, and with that comes the solution to many of our current problems as well.
Hope is the dream of a soul awake….
While the media keeps screaming that there is no hope for anything, I see a very different picture. Not to ignore all the tragedy and injustice that still manifests, I find that one arena where hope abounds is through the TED talks. I can’t go very long without listening to my favorite talks that bring hope and demonstrate how innovative and creative society can be. Here are some links to a few of my favorite talks. I hope that next year (since we are creating as we go, with no template for the future) that most of us can seek out the hopeful and creative examples of awakened souls among us.
Be awake and filled with hope.
Our last official doomsday predication has come and gone. I think, perhaps we are now immersed in uncharted territory. A territory where prophesy and ‘end dates’ have themselves have come to an end.
Does this mean that we as a civilization must now take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions? We can’t blame the mess on someone else. This is our mess and we must mature and clean it up.
This ending of the end times(according the the Mayan prophesy, among others) should push us past victimhood. We need to begin to live with an optimistic heart so that we can cooperate, tolerate, share, and appreciate the extraordinary diversity and gifts we can individually bring to ‘the party’. 2013 is a time to be optimistic while seeking the solutions, not blame ‘them’ (government, banksters, bad teachers, etc.) for our lot in life.
Here’s to a year of growth and optimism. I’m giddy already.
End note: that is a Bluebird in winter decided to stay. Everyone at the park makes sure they have enough bugs so that they will keep heathy.
For the next seven days I will be thinking about and writing about 2012 and my thoughts and dreams that are held for 2013. Each day I will find a quote that speaks to me and write a short observation on how I can manifest the words in my life.
It has been a monumental year with so many different perspectives all converging. What I have learned is that we are more alike then we are different. Have we forgotten that? Have we forgotten that everyday is a blank sheet and it is up to the observer what the day will hold and mean? We create everyday a new.
2013 hopefully holds more synergy and less divisiveness. I will be writing that on my blank pages. The contracts are important for it helps us to see what we want and don’t want in our lives, but at its extremes it robs us of our common sense.
May the blank pages of your New Years Journal hold the keys to compromise and civility. I hope to see this in my dealings with others this New Year.
Tomorrows observations will be about understanding the phrase we are one people.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Well its been a while since I have posted anything new. I have finished my dissertation proposal (chapters 1-3) they are in edits right now. So I’m waiting… Ive been reading so much really good new stuff I will be posting some blogs about dynamic systems thinking, bridging organization, communities of practice and why we have a hard time thinking let alone creating outside the box.
Oh I did accomplish an artistic endeavor while writing. I created a several stained glass panels for a door I had. It is posted here for your enjoyment. I thought I was going to put it outside as an art feature but its too beautiful for the harsh winter weather.
Please stay tuned more good stuff to come!
Ive been on hiatus for the last month. My cousins daughter has come to spend the summer with us so I have not been as diligent to keep up with my blog. I will be posting several new annotations after August 6th.
Dyer, J., Gregersen, H., & Christensen, C. M. (2011). The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. Harvard Business School Press.
I am currently reading the book to see how I can incorporate the general framework proposed by Dyer, Gregersen, and Christensen (2011). As I begin my proposal for my study I am struck that there are two sides to the question of social innovation that of the participants and that of the organizations that provide space for the crowd to play nicely together. My study will be trying to look at the themes that emerge and how they go to better describing the emerging self-expressive/holistic paradigm. I know I haven’t blogged for a while but have been mired down in research. I need to discuss out loud some of my ideas as I finish my literature review. I am essentially trying to expose and understand the emerging paradigm. Ray and Anderson (2000) began to describe the formation of a new group called the cultural creatives. Prior to the identification of cultural creative group came existence theory Graves (1970), and expressed as Spiral Dynamics by Beck & Cowan (1996) which outlined the potential levels of existence and how we evolve physiologically. Maslow hierarchy of needs also figures in since some of Grave’s work was in alignment and predicated on Maslow’s concepts. I needed a way to explain why I felt that there was an emerging paradigm and how paradigms emerged at all. What an interesting trip down the rabbit hole so to speak. From there, I began to describe the many groups and concept that have emerged such as open innovation, crowdsourcing, as well as other forms. So now I wonder what if any characteristics do these groups or individuals of this emerging paradigm exhibit the qualities needed to be great innovators?
I have defined the emerging paradigm using Grave’s (1970) nomenclature as the self expressive/holistic meme. For those of you who are not familiar with the word meme means as a set of values that spread quickly which could be considered also as a change in paradigm. This meme (self expressive/holistic one) is considered by Beck and Cowan (1998) the yellow/turquoise meme (they used colors instead of descriptive words) is on the cusp in between to formal memes meaning they take on both sets of characteristics. I originally thought that the holistic meme was merging but when I looked at all the existing discussions about crowdsourcing and open innovation I found that these folks were beginning to think holistically well maybe a part of them were. But they were still very much needing to be self expressive through creativity, community service, art, innovation big ideas. Some even exhibiting interests in many diverse areas of interest (renaissancistic tendencies). With the explosion of social interactions rising more and more people having access to areas once held only by the conventional paradigm (traditional businesses, governments, non-profit structures) are now available to anyone with the interest and drive to contribute.
What do these folk value and what does the organization that captures their interest have to also value?
In my next post I will discuss the theories of Dr. Clare Graves. The theory of existence as well as spiral dynamics.
photo from WOBI Website link to site
The world innovation forum in Leon Mexico was quite a whirlwind. So many perspectives on innovation and what makes it possible. What are my take aways?