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Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Holistic Innovation

By: David Elliott and Rob Barker
Posted: June 1, 2012, from the June 2012 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Groups of similar people are likely to produce familiar solutions—incremental adjustments rather than significant change. And people of similar thinking styles grouped together are unlikely to step out of the box. Buildings that allow natural interaction in a work environment that also promotes collegiate behavior and interaction are more likely to produce a creative environment where the sum of the whole is likely to be greater than the sum of the parts. Holistic innovation is likely to be the result of transdisciplinary interaction.

Of course, if you also happen to find another Steve Jobs, that probably won’t hurt either.

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All references accessed Apr 13, 2012.