Is innovation swimming or drowning in information?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 05, 2016

Is more information better or worse for innovation? 

Let's discuss an aspect of information and innovation that is rarely discussed: too much information. 

This is the flip side of the more commonly discussed issue that we benefit from having more information. Gathering information from more people in more roles, both inside and outside an organization is normally assumed to be beneficial.

However when, a couple of weeks ago, I asked for ideas for topics to discuss Kim Flumoffered an interesting suggestion:

idea 4 innochat: ways we (must now) work impact on innovation. mihály csíkszentmihályi's flow vs multi-tasking/media overload.

specifically when skill level & challenge = perfectly aligned for flow (hyperfocus) state, what impact on innovation?

 And when asked about specific subtopics for questions, she identified three.

Questions

During #innochat on Thursday May 5 at noon Eastern time, let's discuss the issue of the effect on innovation of the quantity of information, based on the following questions: 

  1. Does our information overload help/hinder innovation?
  2. Does it create a different kind (micro instead of macro)?
  3. Do we (humans) still have *eureka* moments like we used to?

 

 

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