An idea is a network

What is an idea?

Most us think of an idea as a thing, which springs into your minds in a flash of inspiration.

Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, argues that ideas are more like a network.

It’s a valuable way of thinking about ideas, not least because networks get more powerful as they get more connected. So the more we share ideas the stronger they get. Innovation should be focussed on the sharing of ideas, and not containing them.