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Open Innovation is also Not Closed

Open innovation is a contract that seeks out varying viewpoints (and detractors) in order to unlock healthy tension in a problem space.

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As an idea evolves, it will change shape, like the course of an airplane making its way across the globe. This idea can be left alone over time or constantly re-adjusted to stay on a healthy course (if your idea is traveling 600mph, you'll want to adjust frequently).

In the case of an idea, product, or process, if your enterprise invests only in validating the idea, it's like pointing an airplane at San Francisco and hoping for the best. When it comes to airplanes, you have navigation systems, wide panels of lights, and dozens of people ready to let you know when you've drifted off-course.

This is where we escape the metaphor. Innovation doesn't have a destination, but it does have a course. What keeps us on the course are those with the insight and experience to show us where we're drifting. 

Open innovation is about creating and testing a perspective that has the advantage of intellectual diversity.

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Hi Pete, 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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Done & done, thanks!