Ideas and Co-Ownership (The Idea Ecosystem)
It's sometimes challenging to relinquish control over our ideas. We've been programmed on many levels to think that in order to compete and to survive, we must own our thoughts and respective processes in turning them into products, platforms and/or solutions. The financial markets themselves are proving that sustainability and scale are difficult if not impossible to attain when we don't act cooperatively in business.
Holonomics is a book I just had the pleasure of reading which really amplifies this notion in spades (the cooperation part and systems thinking). It not only reintroduces long-standing themes and misconceptions about how economic systems and ecological systems actually work, but how interdependent they really are. Of all the business books I've read in the last ten years, this one really hits some high notes. I'll be interviewing authors and friends Simon and Maria Moraes Robinson in the coming weeks via Hangouts. In the meantime, what you see above is a little infographic I put together that represents an idea ecosystem (or an "ideal" ecosystem) along with the roles of constituents.