I find myself on both sides of this idea when I'm listening to clients about their business/products/services/processes requirements and then trying to explain to them the business advantages of social network software. What happens on both sides is we assume too much and expect others to at least have an understanding of the basics. Hell, most people are overwhelmed. Anyway, here's an interesting article form The NY Times about innovation and "the curse of knowledge".
This idea has been around for some time. I first read about it in, "small pieces loosely joined", by Dave Weinberger (one of the authors of the cluetrain). Anyway, Micheal Schrage has a good post, "Round-off Error? Hardly!" MIT Technology Review that applies the math. to the idea.
Let's waste some time! is a previous post I wrote about why we need to be open to new ideas. When you're doing research, you want to discover something new, which is impossible if you're attached to thinking that you already know the answers. Valuing not-knowing is the basis of all creativity and innovation. It's the state of mind that's open to all kinds of possibilities, of looking for something new, something that might even be surprising. Instead of defending old opinions or interpretations, you're looking with fresh eyes.
If you don't read Dave Pollard, you should. I really admire his exhaustive work on trying to make the world a better place. So Dave, I have a little extra time and software that I want to contribute to one of your ideas.
Crazy ideas are everywhere! We need to keep our antennae up and take action on those ideas that are important to us personally, to our loved ones, and to society no matter how crazy they might seem. I know, there is always something standing in the way. A lot of times it is ourselves - fear. Lighten up - try not to take things so seriously.
From Co-Creation Trend 3: Control by Jennifer Rice from What's Your Brand Mantra? "There are millions of unpaid volunteers who want to help create products and content that they want to buy. Yes, it means relinquishing some control. But it also means an incredible amount of energy and momentum to the companies who are brave enough to work with it."
In his post “how to be creative” Dave Pollard (How to Save the World) hits the nail on the head in describing creativity. He also goes a step further, separating out creativity from innovation. “What is creativity? It's not the same as innovation.