The Pot of Ideas

The Pot of Ideas

I have learnt through my experience that if I need to find new ideas it is best to explore fields of knowledge that I am not familiar with. Familiarity breeds familiarity. This is one great thing about beBee is the possibility to read buzzes that are shared in hives that I have no expertise in.

The β€œpot of idea” is like the pot of a plant that allows a plant to grow in proportion to the pot capacity. If the pot has low capacity the plant shall face limited growth. Moreover, as plants need micronutrients to grow in their pot so ideas need to. The foreign hives with limited membership could be your source for the micronutrients to help the seed of ideas in their pot to grow healthily. Limiting yourself to few hives can increase your familiarity and drain you of the β€œmicro ideas” that could be your source for great post ideas.

Chaotic thoughts may lead to chaotic knowledge. It is the ability to find order among this chaos that generates the greatest ideas.
Ali Anani

The weather of science and knowledge is indifferent from the weather forecast. Because of the complexity of the weather and the feedback among its agent components weather shows complexity and chaos that make affirmed predictability almost impossible. It is also the complexity that shows the butterfly effect in which small changes may induce great effects.Β 


The complexity of science results because of the network of sciences and how they feedback to each other. A small scientific idea may have greater impact. Sciences feedback to each other. The weather itself is the proof. The weather complexity resulted in transferring its concept to social sciences, finance and psychology, to give few examples. In management we look for small motivators that may yield great effects.

The more we discover, the more we establish networks and the more complexity arises. No wonder we find many emerging sub- networks such as protein networks. By the same token we shall find that hives on beBee form networks and subnetworks. The more we contribute, the newer hives shall be established and the more complexity shall emerge. This shows that knowledge is fractal, the more we peer in what we know, the newer facts shall emerge.

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By sticking to the familiar we alienate ourselves from new findings. We should accept the disorder of knowing more so that we may find a new order. History has shown us that we would rather stick to what we know because we are familiar with it. The first paper on the weather butterfly effect was rejected. The first paper on polymers was rejected by eminent scientists. Instead of seeing the new possibilities as micronutrients we discard them to find later that these micro-ideas proved to be the greatest initiator of many new fields of knowledge.

We remain rooted to what we know and discard new roots that could be the source for new
Ali Anani

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
Thank you so much dear Clau Valerio and I learn a lot from you as well. You are an outstanding thinker.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Thank you my beloved lady Clau Valerio. Your comment reminds me of agile teams and how to form them and the need for agile leaders. That shall be my next buzz. Thank you for the inspiration my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
The best motivator for me to write is comments like yours my good friend Joanne Gardocki. Thank you for your appreciation and highlighting the fractal knowledge. You are a wise lady.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Greatly appreciated comment

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #22

#29
You are welcome for that underscores very much what you are putting forth here.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
What I love about the discussions here is that they threw many new ideas. You did the same CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit and I find your idea motivating "The potless garden metaphor has no pot, therefore therefore I am able to transcend beyond the container that gets defined or into being once success or value creation". Will the idea be shapeless and how to shape it if it is potless becomes a motive? The Kokedama of Idea is a novel one and it is fermenting and I don't know where I shall end up with. You wrote that success is motivating; more motivating for me is the curiosity your idea injected into me.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #20

Rather than explain an explanation, I prefer to offer an example of what happened once I read this piece. I don't look for ideas, I follow the resulting curiosity, and in my case, that immediate curiosity prompted, within me, the question of whether there is the potless. There indeed was and that led me to a whole area of cultivation in the Japanese culture called Kokedama https://gardennomey.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/how-to-make-hanging-kokedama/ This is using moss as a natural form for potless gardening. How many ideas spout the form of success that prompts us to focus on ideas? Ideas are a chasing and the moment I experience here is perfectly still - what prompts me is the step I am taking, rather than stumbling on an idea that is planted in a pot of motive. Success is a motive, which is why we socially gravitate to what motivation is. The potless garden metaphor has no pot, therefore therefore I am able to transcend beyond the container that gets defined or into being once success or value creation becomes a motive. I find it exhilarating not knowing what it is I find, and so for people who need to find ideas they can look for their container - but I prefer not to be contained.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
This is a fantastic comment dear John Rylance #25 makes a bundle of great new ideas. You really got me pondering on the The Greenhouse Effect of Ideas and the rest of your comment stretches my mind to new possibilities. Please if you do write a buzz on The Greenhouse Effect, and I hope you do, please tag me. I am expecting a lovely read.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
This is an inspirational comment my dear Lisa Vanderburg and opens the door for a new buzz based on it. Life comes from the nutrients of dead ideas. History testifies to the correctness of your thought. Many neglected ideas that were buried in sand later on proved to be the nourishment for great new ideas. Idea-rotation and soil regeneration are also two great thoughts that we can build on to write great buzzes. You expanded the boundaries of my mind this morning my dear friend.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

2 years ago #17

I had commented yesterday; can't find it? Something to do with casting nets.... Nevermind. Along with the wealth of comments below, your construct brings to mind crop-rotation, soil regeneration and fallow fields. We cannot sustain plants in diseased or depleted soils; same too with us if we want our ideas to take root. Beware of becoming pot-bound and ensure the soil is nutrient-rich (the carcasses of discarded ideas make good fertalizer)! Got me thinking; thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee!

John Rylance

John Rylance

2 years ago #16

Ali your posts always start ideas germinating in my head. This one suggested a Potting Shed where ideas come to fruition in slow measured way. Unlike hives where ideas buzz around rapidly going in all directions. After the Potting Shed is the Greenhouse  the next stage?  Before deciding I'm going to ponder on the phrase that came to mind "The Greenhouse Effect " 

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Dear Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador- your comment explains what I wanted to say perfectly well. Not only this, but also it explains my selection of the background image "As plants experience growth, one pot leads to a bigger and better pot in order to nurture the new growth". To be living is to be growing for if a plant doesn't grow it dies. SO are ideas and hives. Your comment is delightful my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Jerry Fletcher- I love your comment and this part of it set my mind in motion "The reason complex new ideas are often rejected is that the underlying incremental steps are not part of the reviewers experience". Coupling the unknown to the known reduces the dark zone and makes us more comfortable.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

As plants experience growth, one pot leads to a bigger and better pot in order to nurture the new growth. The same with ideas because they need to be nurtured to produce bigger and better ideas. It's obvious if the plant is kept in the small pot, it eventually becomes root bound and its growth is stunted. Same with ideas. Remaining in familiar surroundings and not willing to seek knowledge and experience growth breeds complacency. And same with the hives. Currently, there is a wealth of information in the hives. New contributions can only make existing hives better and experience new growth - repotting. New contributions will also bring new ideas to the table and spark the creation of new hives. Thus, the beginning of another "The Pot of Ideas". Delightful post, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #12

Dr. Ali, One of the characteristics of human learning is the desire to have a known thing as a beginning connection to the unknown. A child in a Montessori class begins playing with blocks. She stacks them acquiring a knowledge of balance, addition and multiplication in tiny incremental steps. I believe that the acquisition of all knowledge is essentially the same process. The reason complex new ideas are often rejected is that the underlying incremental steps are not part of the reviewers experience. Often those steps are not part of the reporters perceptions. Not only do we need to be repotted at times we need to be put into the reporters pot. And so it goes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Thank you John Rylance for commenting and reinforcing an important fact- ideas need to be "repotted" once they grow and the way to grow them is to have open dialogue. This is how ideas breathe into life.

John Rylance

John Rylance

2 years ago #10

I like the thought that for an idea to thrive it needs to be repotted as its roots increase, and it is nurtured/fed by the comments of others. Your open buzzes allow others to enrich your thoughts/ideas.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
I am flattered by your comment dear Tausif Mundrawala. Yes, I like to leave room for discussions and contributions. "closing" a buzz to new thoughts is like closing a room from any air infiltration and so the rooks becomes moldy. A buzz that is tight to allow for the infiltration of new ideas will be moldy. You read me perfectly well my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Dear Tausif Mundrawala will like your skin metaphor as I did. You explained very eloquently "We should shed our ego's skin with ease and an eagerness to know more". One idea links to another and then to another and the process repeats. Linking could branch out or stay linear. At the end form " There are times when I read certain books and articles and all the events get connected to each other and form chains". Like protein chain entangles, dissociate and then link again differently. Ideas chains are the same . Your comment carries the essence of my buzz my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado- your writing reflects your beautiful heart. I mean From the human capacities: We have beautiful eyes that do not see how beautiful the world gives us to value and rescue.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Very well-said my friend Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest. I do change the rods quite frequently and so are the roads to new ideas. You are very correct.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
You are the "silent poet" my friend Praveen Raj Gullepalli. You are a gifted poet with vivid imagination and flowing lyrics with no complications. I am moved by your dedication and I wonder why don't you publish more of your lyrics. If I were a singer I would choose your lyrics.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Dear friend Praveen Raj Gullepalli- you are the master of appreciation

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
I like your confidence and I am sure a new idea shall emerge in your active mind.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #2

Interestingly my eyes got attracted by the visuals and the pots and their shadows I am pretty sure there is a metaphoric opportunity there :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Javier \ud83d\udc1d C\u00e1mara Rica- I hope you find my explanation of the role of hives makes sense.

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