The benefits of thinking out loud

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From the Innovation Weblog

“In his excellent brainstorming book, Five Star Mind, author Tom Wujec includes a page on the benefits of thinking aloud. Many of us are deeply scripted in the mindset of the lone entrepreneur, dreaming up breakthrough ideas. But the fact is that having a conversation with someone else is a terrific way to bring new thoughts to life:

‘Conversations give us a chance to refine ideas of which we previously had only a vague concept … We clarify ideas by putting them into words. When we pass ideas back and forth (in a conversation), we create a rhythm in which one remark stimulates another. An off-hand comment prompts a distant memory. Conversations divide and unite unrelated concepts into relevant thoughts. Dialogues become collaborations, a concert of thought, the creation of a common understanding.’

Wujec also cautions that conversations can kill ideas, especially when a lack of symmetry exists between you and another person – such as if the other person is more powerful or is carrying a hidden agenda. He also points out that when we stop listening, we lose the ability to learn.

So the next time you’re trying to come up with some new ideas, why not find a kindred soul to kick some thoughts around? You might be surprised at the results!”

G8 leaders agree $50bn aid boost

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From the BBC Website

The G8 meeting has ended with an agreement to boost aid for developing countries by $50bn (£28.8bn).

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said there was also a commitment to find an end date for farm subsidies and a will to find agreement on trade liberalisation.

On climate change, he said an agreement had always been unlikely, but crucially the US had accepted that global warming was an issue.

NGOs are critical of the deal, calling it a ‘vastly disappointing result’.

‘The people have roared but the G8 has whispered,’ said Kumi Naidoo, chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

But Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof spoke of a ‘great day’.

‘Never before have so many people forced a change of policy onto a global agenda. If anyone had said eight weeks ago will we get a doubling of aid, will we get a deal on debt, people would have said ‘no’,’ Mr Geldof said.”

Read the rest of the article …

My thought? Both good and bad news …. because Bob is right, yet more could have been done especially on the environment.

But in the context of the week, with bombs in London, it is good to know that we can all continue to conduct business as usual. It is good to know that leaders can continue to lead, and can stay focused, even as we want ever more of them.