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Amped up on ideation

2013 is just around the corner, and our humble organization is Amped. Up. With the excitement of a mogwai on a late-night twinkie run, we’re looking forward to some big projects and exciting ways of doing what we do in the New Year. As it has been, so it will be that our ability to innovate is in who we are as an intentional and nutritious community. In this space, themes emerge, ideas come together, and from all that surrounds us, we create something greater. All it takes is the confidence we each have in our convictions, and the humility to constantly challenge them, combine them, build upon them, and let them grow.

Here are three pieces, replete with hook and nugget, that speak to this idea of co-creation and solution spaces better than I ever could:

Where good ideas come from

Often times, what turns a hunch into a real breakthrough is another hunch that’s lurking in someone else’s mind. - Author, Media Theorist Steven Johnson

Combine and share ideas

Your job is to explore that solution space and to figure out where in that solution space you fit. …ideas are combinatorial… and it’s in the  sharing and discussing process is where [they] get refined. - Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger 

Embrace the remix 

[Creation requires influence]. Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not self-made. We are interdependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It’s a liberation from our misconceptions. It’s an incentive to not expect as much from ourselves, and to simply be it. -Writer, Director, Editor Kirby Ferguson

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