I could not get this pattern to sink in at first, unlike the first and most of the others in his book. I got to wondering if I'm impervious to it or whether I've got rocks in my head. I doubt very much that the author is all wet since all I've previously read by him is very articulate and sharp minded. I've given this pattern of "liquid networks" more time for my mind to absorb it by letting it percolate through my trusted concepts about the diffusion of innovations, collaborations between designers and synergies between conflicted outlooks. This pattern has infiltrated my understanding somewhat that I can spillover for you to absorb:
This chapter gave me a wonderful set of takeaway questions about the behavior patterns my good ideas are exhibiting:
- How do my good ideas act and interact around other good ideas?
- How do my good ideas initially handle and later recover from exposure to bad ideas?
- What patterns do others' good ideas reveal to me when my good ideas interact with them?
- How do my good ideas spillover into others' experiences and networks of comprehension?
- open and closed systems, resources or minds
- shared commons and enclosed intellectual property, content or expertise
- connected nodes and disconnected, dislocated or isolated nodes
- transparent sharing and guarded, secretive or pretentious posturing
- that combines fluidity with solid ideas standing on solid ground with solid purposes
- that portrays ideas steeping in and soaking up fluids into partially solid things like tea infusers or sponges
- that realizes the best of both individuality and commonality when sharing ideas and getting new good ideas from those exchanges
- that shifts the emphasis from the movement of ideas between entities to the infiltration of ideas within an entity as a way to explain the spawning, proliferating and diffusion of good ideas
Here are my other explorations of the seven fractal patterns of innovation in Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson:
- Migrating to the adjacent possible (adjacent possible)
- How do good ideas behave (liquid networks pattern)
- Where hunches go to die (slow hunches)
- Setting up accidental discoveries (serendipity)
- Benefiting from errors (errors)
- Getting psyched for exaptation (exaptation)
- Flourishing on emergent platforms (emergent platforms)