On November 18, 2009, I led a discussion entitled “Grassroots Innovation: One Pebble Creates a Ripple.” The event was one in the EMC Leadership & Innovation Speaker Series, which meets at EMC in Silicon Valley.
I presented a “recipe” for grassroots innovation (and other endeavors), based on a Direct Outcomes thinking tool. I discussed two histories, one (the creating of the Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve) in which I provided a pebble and one (Pacific Gas and Electric’s early to mid 1980s company-wide innovation program known as the Office Technology Project) in which I had various roles regarding “ripples” and “creating new pebbles.”
Audience-suggested discussion involved topics including …
- LUC – The law of unintended consequences.
- Converting problems into opportunities.
- Moral responsibility.
- Timing, regarding pursuing innovations.
- What constitutes an “innovation?”
- Is the term “innovation” overused?
- Are people “saturated” with too many ideas?
I note that there is a blog noting “10 Principles of Pebbles” – http://curiosityquotient.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-pebble-principles-for-innovation.html
I appreciate the contributions of the committee the organized this event. It developed the “pebble and ripples” title for the event. Sheryl Chamberlain (of EMC) hosted the meeting and helped involve the audience. Mike Alvarado provided suggestions for setting expectations.
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