More on cross-pollination

More on cross-pollination

Simple is both great and attractive. Only for a while as the simple may get complex or even chaotic. Ideas are indifferent. We start with a simple idea, project, relationship or whatever and they too tend to lose their simplicity. This can be great sometimes as we realize that the cross-pollination of ideas may lead to completely new ideas. Sara Jacobovici wrote an excellent buzz on "The Art of Cross-pollination". This buzz gives plentiful examples of how ideas cross-pollinate to produce new ideas. It is the brainstorming of ideas.

Flowers know how to attract the bees' pollinators with their smell or color. How do we create a system by which pollination of ideas becomes attractive? How does nature help us in answering these questions?

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To explain my idea I produced the mage below. The balls have a natural tendency to gravitate to the hole or bottom. We need to collect different balls (ideas) to meet in one place so that they may collide and lead to new ideas. Very interestingly nature knows how to do it. The Cheerio Effect is one example.

Fill a bowl with milk and add cheerios to it. You shall notice that the cheerios grains shall stick together. Milk molecules they gather around the sides of the floating cheerios, creating a small dent or depression on the surface of the water. In such a scenario, small bits of the object will clump together or appear to β€˜fall into each other’, due to the large depression that they end up creating beneath them. The grains make use of the hosting medium by using its surface dent as a host place.

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The cross-pollination of idea require that different types of grains, balls or idea attach to each other so the hole may lead to a whole new bunch of ideas.

What if we fill the hole with same kind of balls? Or, we publish our buzzes on strongly-related hives only? In reality, I believe we should avoid that because we shall be like a flower cross-pollinating itself. This shall not lead to very healthy ideas. This is a known fact and is called '"cage of affinity". Simply put, the cage of affinity aligns your thinking with those groups to which you belong, and the beliefs which they hold. That can limit your ability to think creatively. I tend myself to publish my buzzes in at least one irrelevant hive just to get new ideas or different grains in my bowl of ideas. Remember that beBee hives are like holes in which ideas fall into. This is a brilliance of Bee and thanks to @Juan Imaz and @Javier 🐝 beBee for providing the attractor hives in which ideas fall and collide.

Ideas shall remain simple as long as they are not pollinated. Having so many different grains hosted in one place may eventually lead to their colliding in the bowl (brains) and may become exceedingly complex or even chaotic. The thinking that produced the simple ideas now requires new thinking to make use of them. I call this the "Cynefin of Ideas". We need the keys to unlock these ideas. The image below taken from an earlier publication of mine shows the increasing difficulty in benefiting from ideas. The keys to making use of ideas once they reach the complex stage is to find repeating patterns in them.

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In conclusion, cross-pollination of ideas requires a concave medium to allow for ideas to drop in and collide. These ideas must vary to produce emerging ideas, but also with the price of finding ordered patterns in their disorder. Cross-pollination requires different levels of thinking than the thinking that started the idea.


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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #17

#17
Thank you Ali Anani You always open an ocean of ideas and unexplained questions that makes me push myself to answer them. You are the door of ideas and passions that I will keep open 24/7 :) :) I'm blessed to be a beBee .

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Tausif Mundrawala- you add one new dimension to the discussion- the quality of the container of ideas. If this container is expansive (such as our stomachs are), has halls in it or whatever then ideas' chances to pollinate shale vary. The quality of hives is detrermined by many factors.One example, if the number of members grows or stands fixed at few members. Also, the contributed buzzes shall also determine the quality of the hive. Yes, your point is valid.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Dear debasish majumder- you are a creative poet and you know when you sense a new poem idea. It is like a dream that you hold in your hands and make it come true. When an Idea ignites your heart you feel its warmth. When the wind of an idea blows in your mind you feel its branches dancing in your mind. Abstract may be, but their physical effect may make our pulse go much faster. I feel I am in this situation having just read your lovely comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams- bright minds and passionate hearts such as yours do have the key. Even if they lose it they have a sense where to find it in midst of complexity. When ideas branch out, crosslink, change their morphology we search for patterns in the mid of chaos. You have the key to find the patterns and your way out. You really could expand this comment when what I believe shall be an outstanding buzz.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #13

"The key to making use of ideas once they reach the complex stage is to find repeating patterns in them." Often we have the key and keep searching around. The key is us. We have the power of using the key to open news doors in our mind where new ideas can come in. Cross pollination helps in colliding of ideas. Yet another pollinating idea and an intriguing buzz. Thank you Ali Anani

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Sorry for the typo dear Mohammed Sultan as I meant ably and not able in my previous comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Dear Mohammed Sultan- you described very able the environment in which cross-pollination thrives by writing "Cross-pollination of ideas will give ALL people the feel that they ALL are consulted with no member IN and the other OUT". I couldn't describe it better. Cross-pollination is a chemical reaction or collision of ideas. It needs the right reaction conditions to happen. As with many chemical reactions we may be surprised with a new product, so are pollinations of ideas. You inspire me with an idea now- what kind of chemical reactions idea undergo. For now, some ideas are like carbon and carbon leading to so many products, polymers of different morphologies and so on. Others are explosive reaction and we may get ideas that explode our thinking. WOW! I have something to explore.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Jeet Sarkar- I love the way you started your comment "where ideas are manufactured by mechanical way". This is the dilemma- not only we run organizations like machines, but also generate ideas mechanically. If ideas don't collide, nothing shall happen whether this is due to the mechanical barrier we create or for any other reason. We never know what ideas shall emerge from the collision of simple ideas; that is left to the mobility of ideas we allow, the force of their collision in a proper environment and in the right place. I also thank you for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Thank you Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee would agree.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Sara Jacobovici- Absolutely correct you are in saying "there are two crucial aspects of the cross-pollination of ideas process; movement and place". I tried to highlight the value of place and the way to make affinity hives attractors for more diverge ideas so that cross-pollination would be more productive. We don't want only simiar ideas to be attracted; ese the hives become like a plant pollinating itself. Once ideas interact forcibly we need to find the repeating patterns in their complexity. Your absorption of the ideas of the buzz are admirable.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #7

thanks Ali Anani for tagging me !

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

I appreciate the mention of my buzz Ali Anani. What you have done, as so often before, is to expand a concept, like cross-pollination, to its edges of possibilities. One of the take away for me is that there are two crucial aspects of the cross-pollination of ideas process; movement and place. In your buzz Dr. Ali, you have opened my eyes to the actual shape of the environment within which ideas can potentially interact in a meaningful way. Although nature makes the complex seem simple, the process involved in the cross-pollination of human ideas is a complex one that invites simplicity. Too often we unnecessarily complicate matters. I think you give us an insight by stating; "The keys to making use of ideas once they reach the complex stage is to find repeating patterns in them." This opens up a whole new window of opportunity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I mentioned the affinity hives and also Juan Imaz in the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
SImply smart you are der

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you a lot Julio Angel Lopez Lopez

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #2

Thanks for this thought-provoking post! Simple ideas, out of simplicity, breed swiftest solutions. And, sometimes unbridled ideas for innovation, with faster pace, brings in chaos.

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

Very good Ali Anani thanks

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