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.
Beck, D. E., & Cowan, C. C. (1996). Spiral dynamics: Mastering values, leadership, and change: Exploring the new science of memetics. Wiley.
Ray, P. H., & Anderson, S. R. (2000). The cultural creatives. Harmony Books New York. R