Steven Johnson’s four minute video, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” resonates with many of my own thoughts as well as beliefs regarding creativity and innovation. Steven is the author of “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.”

This video uses a drawing-based, stopmotion digital storytelling technique similar to that employed by Dan Pink in his video, “The surprising truth about what motivates us.”

I love the closing statement in Steven’s video:

Chance favors the connected mind.

This means if we want to be creative individually as well as organizationally, we need to intentionally seek out opportunities for sharing “hunches lurking in our minds.” Engines of creativity, in Steven’s view, are spaces “where ideas can mingle and swap and create new forms.”

H/T to Liz Davis sharing this video via her Delicious social bookmarks, which are shared via her FriendFeed account. Not using Friendfeed yet? It’s free to subscribe, and is a GREAT way to “connect minds with others.” I have 10 different accounts connected presently to my own Friendfeed account, including my Google Reader and social bookmarks accounts.

Do most of the educators where you work have platforms for publishing where they can share ideas? Are most educators sharing student work on the open web? If not, why not? Chance favors the connected mind. Creativity and passion can be contagious when shared regularly. đŸ™‚ That’s what makes the FREE K-12 Online Conference (starting soon on October 11th) such a GREAT learning opportunity!

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