I enjoy good conversations. Social media doesn’t always engage relevant people in relative conversations because sometimes the context of ones content gets lost in the translation. Thus a “live” conversational exchange allows for corrections and adjustments to the context of what is being discussed.
Recently Dan Robles and I were having some dialog around the nature of social media specifically in context to knowledge exchanges, creativity and innovation. Dan’s thinking is always on the edge and his insights are very valuable and useful to those seeking the wisdom of what will be the next generation of social media. Below is a summary of our recent exchanges and I thought they may be useful.
1. What Comes first, Knowledge or Creativity?
Creativity is innovation. Innovation is proportional to the rate of change of knowledge. Or you can say that innovation is simply related to – or dependent on – knowledge. You cannot have one without the other.
Innovation in our sense is incremental – the combination of one or more knowledge assets yields an economic benefit – THIS INCLUDES SOCIAL ECONOMICS. A baby knows about gravity + crawling on flat surface CREATES a way to climb down stairs. A person who has knowledge about what two other people know can match them for creative output. A person who is a scientist and a musician combines them to discover new type of electronic music, etc.
2. How Creativity Transforms Knowledge
Unique and diverse combination of knowledge assets results in creative output. Creativity in the creation of new knowledge. Copernicus mixed optics with gravitational theory and proved a heliocentric universe. This creates new knowledge and transforms all existing knowledge. Huge multiplier effect (leverage) where creativity creates new knowledge that improves a lot of existing knowledge.
3. What is Unexpected Knowledge?
No such thing OR all knowledge is unexpected. Knowledge exists in the human mind and is dependent on information which is dependent on data. There could be unexpected data that yields unexpected information that creates new knowledge. New knowledge combines with existing knowledge to yield creativity. Creativity the verb can be anticipated but creativity the noun unexpected by definition otherwise it would not be new.
4. When Knowledge Becomes Useless
Knowledge never becomes useless it becomes history which can be quite useful as such. For example; Heliocentric universe rendered all other theories of planetary motion useless, except for historical perspective. So it is useful in perspective or metaphor to say the earth was flat, it took 500 years for the rate of change in knowledge to take hold over the church” etc. So obsolete knowledge can still serve historical perspective when discussing the rate at which things change.
5. When Knowledge Becomes Useful
Knowledge becomes useful as soon as it is shares with another person. It becomes more useful or less useful depending on the number of people it is shared with. Knowledge can only be shared in a conversation. Sure, you can write stuff down but this transforms knowledge into information. The information can be shared but the knowledge is dependent on you uploading information into your own knowledge asset inventory. When two people have a conversation, knowledge is shared directly and only when people have a conversation.
6. When Creativity Becomes Useless
Creativity is never useless since it is often the platform of more creativity. It lives in the next iteration. The Ipod may become obsolete but it lives in the IPhone and IPad just the same.
7. When Creativity Becomes Useful
Creativity becomes useful when it is shared, demonstrated, enjoyed, copied, applied, or improved by other people. Creativity alone in the mind of a silent person is not useful.
Feel free to add to this discourse and add value to the possible insights.