Eclectic Curiosity

Creative Generalist Manifesto

Posted on August 7th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Yours truly submitted a proposal to the folks at ChangeThis (a clearing house of sorts for idea manifestos, including those from Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki…) and it’s now up for evaluation. If you’re a regular reader of Creative Generalist, if you think a generalist mindset is worth championing, or if you’d just like to see if I can write more than a paragraph blog post, swing by and give it a vote – The Creative Generalist: How Broad Thinking Leads to Big Ideas.

If breakthrough insights are at the intersection of ideas, concepts and cultures, it will be generalists—those so-called dabblers and experts of nothing—who find them, who connect them with the specialists that need them, and who shepherd into existence the ideas that will change our world. Nothing can substitute for depth of analysis, and there’s proven value in specialization—it’s what education, career paths, scientific research, and technological innovation are built on—but generalism is the hidden talent. With so much complex information that is fragmented in so many ways and developing faster and faster, it is increasingly important to have generalists around to make sense of it all. People who appreciate diversity, who are in the know about the wider world and who understand how things interact are invaluable observers, matchmakers, and pioneers of the intersectional ideas so vital for success in today’s global knowledge economy and conceptual age.

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