I am an innovator. I am a crowd.

We are all – every one of us – innovators. Even if we only change a single thing about the way we personally work, it makes us innovators.

Because we are all innovators, when we band together, we can create extraordinary things.

Sometimes, our extraordinary creations are surprising to those in charge. Sometimes, they’re not even what they thought they wanted. But we are a crowd, and we work for the good of our organisations, not for our personal benefit.

We are a crowd of many. Often, our collective wisdom produces insights which are unexpected and go against conventional wisdom. But because we are many, they are insights which are grounded in what we’ve observed. We have many eyes.

We have many hands. Together, we can move mountains.  We can do it pebble by pebble or all at once, because we can direct our effort to many small things as easily as to one big thing.

We are all innovators and we want to make a difference. We will do it whether you give us permission or not. But we want work with you not against you.

We are all innovators, so the constraints of centralised control don’t scale. We make our own decisions about how and when to innovate. Our many eyes and many hands give us a big advantage.

We know the details of our organisation better because we are the details. We can be trusted to use what we know to make things better.

We are a crowd of innovators. We do not promise we will do things the old way. But we will create extraordinary things to help us find a new way.

We are all innovators – every one of us.  We are our organisation’s best chance to create extraordinary change. We see the future, and we help deliver it.

We are all innovators and we welcome you to our crowd.

4 Responses to“I am an innovator. I am a crowd.”

  1. Jonathon Schuster
    March 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Well said! Being innovators gives our lives meaning and purpose. It makes us better people.

    • James Gardner
      March 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. I think so too. Best James

      • Franc
        April 1, 2011 at 11:28 am #

        James. Well written. It sounds like a song about and for innovators. And the song has a great power. Greetings Franc

        • James Gardner
          April 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

          Oh! I didn’t intend it as a song, but I love it that you saw it could be. Perhaps I’ll try to think up a tune now 🙂

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