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Im Karla Phlypo-Price Ph.D. This blog is dedicated to my exploration into open innovation, social media, creativity, intrinsic motivation, collaborative creativity, and the sharing, creation, and integration of knowledge.

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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.

—Pope John XXIII

(Source: quotations.about.com)

New Year’s Reflection 3 - Fear Out - Dreams and Hope In

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. 

New Years Refection Countdown 4 - Hope

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.  

Israel and Iran a love story

The Era of Open Innovation


Web video has empowered the world

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

—Winston Churchill

(Source: quotations.about.com)

New Year’s Reflection 5 - Optimism

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.

The 6 days of New Year Observations

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

Dissertation Challange

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!

Annotation #10 Innovators DNA

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
Just a little something to make the innovations flow.  Im writing today hoping that I can stay focused.  Its beautiful outside but today, Im inside with my thoughts on crowds, and paradigm shifts, existence theory and how we see our tacit knowledge.

Just a little something to make the innovations flow.  Im writing today hoping that I can stay focused.  Its beautiful outside but today, Im inside with my thoughts on crowds, and paradigm shifts, existence theory and how we see our tacit knowledge.

World Innovation Forum - Leon Mexico May 23-24

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?

  • That innovation is about the interaction of people (not just trying to make a better mouse trap)
  • innovation is creativity it is the capacity of divers minds.
  • organization need to be the fertile ground in which great trees of innovation grow 
  • innovation provides us a way to challenge ourself in the face of adversity.  adverse conditions can have the potential to excite the creator in use.  The desire to make things and situations better.
  • innovation is not one size fits all.  That within your job you must be allowed to express your individuality in order to create outstanding innovations.  Don’t adapt to what someone else did if it doesn’t fit you.
  • Innovation is inspired by the water cooler not by bullpens.  Your environment will help or hinder the open expression.
  • Innovation is for the masses to participate in.  When in doubt crowdsource it out .  The wisdom of the so called “crowd” can help move your projects forward.  The other aspect of this is that the crowd will be watch to see that you remain true to your promises. 

 link to my personal World Innovation Forum Thoughts and experiences 

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Within the creation of a new paradigm, there is a moment of tension between what has been - and what is becoming.  An innovator’s job, is to move into this moment -the  ’in-between’ - and begin to imagine new processes and ways to enable the emerging paradigm.  It is a given that humankind is ever changing. So too, must our beliefs and understandings keep pace.  At some point we must ‘grow-up’ (emotionally-speaking)  and leave behind all the inherited inequities of our ancestors and even our own past experiences, to finally say “ENOUGH! IT STOPS WITH ME!”  At that moment, the paradigm has a foothold and we can then create anew.  

My thoughts,


I am not afraid…I was born to do this.

- Joan of Arc

Are you born to do what you are doing, creating, imagining? - Karla

The three most common types of problems that lead to a startup’s failure

There are several things that one must think about and this short video dose discuss them.  I think though that there is another emerging paradigm which was not included and that is the role of the crowd in the development of the product of platforms such as quirky who bring the crowd and your idea together.  There is a change afoot that has the potential to enhance entrepreneurship. 

(Source: addtoany.com)