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Nurturing the innovation reef

Posted on: September 11, 2009


What do innovation and coral reefs have in common?

Marine biologists don’t fully understand what causes reefs to form, but we do know that human actions can nurture or harm the process. The same is true for innovation—a natural, chaotic, unpredictable process that is hard, perhaps even impossible, for well-meaning outsiders to foster.

The coral reef-can innovation learn from it?

The coral reef-can innovation learn from it?

The words of Mario Morino writing at McKinsey and Company earlier this week.

By attempting to micromanage innovation, he argues, we risk squeezing out the very life forces that give rise to successful new ideas. Just like the coral reef,

“we must focus on finding ways to nurture and accelerate the natural processes of innovation once they’ve begun organically.”

America’s Silicon valley stands as a great example of such an ecosystem and rather like the rising of sea temperatures in the Pacific, the global downturn has stunted its growth.

Rather like a reef, it developed organically rather than from any political or organisational process, and just like the reefs today in the face of global warming, it requires nurturing.

To read more of this article, go to the What Matters blog

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