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How do we mine for innovative ideas from a community of introverts?

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How do we mine ideas from introverts in a society that values extroversion? We may be missing the voices of those whose primary default switch is introspection. How can we benefit from their insights?

A forum that welcomes listening as the primary goal, one in which all ideas are considered grist for thought, might be a good start. An absence of expectation by all participants can beget a nurturing environment of a kinder, gentler sort.

Being in the moment and simply listening - how do we establish these as norms in a group dynamic? An overarching theme of resolving issues or finding solutions may be contradictory to engendering the creative process. Less adamancy and more generosity can result in a vibrant pastiche of ideas.

Welcome disparate voices with equanimity and compassion, and let thoughts and emotions beget a sense of mystery. This can apply equally to introverts and extroverts.

Breathe and be playful.

Let go of judgment, for we have nothing to defend.

Perhaps for a fleeting moment or more, we may gain an inkling of real insight.

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Hi Bill, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Thanks...will jazz it up with an image!