The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures

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Harvard Business Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 207 pages
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A diverse research team discovers how to read the mind of a monkey. A chef mixes unexpected ingredients such as sea urchins and lollipops to transform the world of professional cooking. An engineer borrows from the foraging behavior of ants to work out surveillance patterns for unmanned aerial vehicles in war zones. What these trailblazers share is not just the breakthrough nature of their discoveries, but where they went to find fiem. According to Frans Johansson, these innovators are changing the world by stepping into the lntersection: a place where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide, ultimately igniting an explosion of extraordinary new discoveries. Johansson calls this proliferation of new ideas "the Medici effect"-referring to the remarkable burst of creativity enabled by the Medici banking family in Renaissance ltaly. In this fascinating book, he reveals how we can find intersections in our own lives and turn the ideas we find there into pathbreaking innovations. Johansson illustrates how three driving forces-the movement of people, the convergence of scientific disciplines, and the leap in computational power-are increasing the number and types of intersections we can access. ................... PART ONE The lntersection - Your Best Chance to lnnovate - Monkeys and Mind Readers The Rise of lntersections - The Sounds of Shakira and the Emotions of Shrek ................... PART TWO Creating the Medici Effect Break Down the Barriers Between Fields - Sea Urchin Lollipops and Darwin's Finches How to Make the Barriers Fall - Heathrow Tunnel and Restaurants Without Food Randornly Combine Concepts - Card Games and Sky Rises How to Find the Combinations - Meteorite Crashes and Code Breakers Ignite an Explosion of Ideas - Submarines and Tubular Bells How to Capture the Explosion - MacGyver and Boiling Potatoes ................... PART THREE Making lntersectional ldeas Happen Execute Past Your Failures - Violence and School Curricula How to Succeed in the Face of Failure - Palm Pilots and Counterproductive Carrots Break Out of Your Network - Ants and Truck Drivers How to Leave the Network Behind - Penguins and Meditation Take Risks and Overcome Fear 161 - Airplanes and Serial Entrepreneurs How to Adopt a Balanced View of Risk - Elephants and Epidemics Step into the lntersection ... and Create the Medici Effect.
  

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Review: The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

User Review  - Jeffrey Roix - Goodreads

Just a bit into the book--this guy's prose, vocab and overall crafting BLOW. Choppy, stammering sentences are linked by awkward phrasing and dubious narrative flow. It seems like Johansson and his ... Read full review

Review: The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

User Review  - Karl Zachry - Goodreads

I understand the math behind looking for innovation where multiple fields merge. But all the examples still seemed to have some "magic" in them with no real recipe for success. I doubt there really is a silver bullet, but at the beginning you got the idea there was one. Read full review

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Frans Johanssonis a writer and consultant living in New York City. He has worked at several intersections in his own career, including launching a startup venture called Inka.net, working as a VP of business development at a health care company and working as a strategy consultant.

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