What, Specifically, Do Generalists Do?

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Published on June 24, 2008

Author: creativegeneralist

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These are the background slides from my presentation on June 21, 2008 at Interesting 2008 in London.

what, specifically, do generalists do?

possibility information ideas people worldview

wander & wonder finding possibility

wander & wonder {account planning} “The way to be interesting is to be interested. Youʼve got to find whatʼs interesting in everything, youʼve got to be good at noticing things, youʼve got to be good at listening.” Russell Davies

wander & wonder {eclectic curiosity} “The point about Connectors is that by having a foot in so many different worlds, they have the effect of bringing them together.” Malcolm Gladwell

synthesize & summarize presenting information

synthesize & summarize {the nature of economies} “Development is differentiation emerging from generality. Even the most obscure and frivolous generalities are potentially economically fertile, provided that somebody who needs them can find them.” Jane Jacobs

synthesize & summarize {blue ocean strategy} “The business environment in which most strategy...of the 20th century evolved is increasingly disappearing.” W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne

link & leap generating ideas

link & leap {epidemiology} “Once youʼve become a specialist there is the danger of developing a skewed viewpoint on the things you research. It is vital to communicate with ʻnormalʼ human beings.” Dirk Brockmann

link & leap {postmodern cuisine} “Who wants to make the same salad everyday?! Have fun.” Homaro Cantu

mix & match connecting people

mix & match {rhode island} “I now believe in sorting the world to identify the innovators across every imaginable discipline and silo, and then finding ways to connect them in purposeful ways.” Saul Kaplan

mix & match{pirate supplies} “It brought in so many people: teachers, donors, volunteers, everybody - because it was street-level, it was open to the public,...it was right in the neighborhood it was serving.” Dave Eggers

experience & empathize understanding worldview

experience & empathize {canada} “It helps to be non-judgmental, perceptive about peopleʼs behavior and motivations, and genuinely interested in other peopleʼs points of reference.” Jane Fulton Suri

experience & empathize {gaia} “The highly compartmentalized approach doesnʼt work in a world of converging and synergistic stresses. We must bring experts together across disciplinary boundaries, just as we bring governments together across cultural, ideological, and political barriers.” Thomas Homer-Dixon

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