Myths about knowledge and innovation

Myth #9

It’s best to work alone.

“What is the importance of talk, social interaction, and validation in constructing useful knowledge – as opposed to simply searching for information online?”

We talk every day to negotiate and clarify the concepts we are thinking of, such as what constitutes a “successful outcome”, or a “controlled experiment”, or “objectivity”. Through talk, we can enrich our discussions of the way things are, harnessing the social context to think critically about our assumptions and how we are constructing possible solutions to our challenges.

The quality of this interaction with others in the knowledge-generation process is important, as it is through the social validation of our ideas that we arrive at knowledge we trust to be well-grounded and useful: that we can call innovation.

We have built Briiij to make connections possible between the thinker(s) and a highly-qualified someone who could enrich their thoughts: to make useful knowledge, and, if needed, innovation – a tailor-made, well-founded and well-constructed solution, not just search engine information.

About the author

Bill has a PhD in Education in Autonomy/Empowerment and is on the casual teaching staff at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has been a partner in businesses focused on developing innovation in organizations since 2003.