Innovators don’t see different things, they see things differently.
If you’re looking to create a culture of innovation in your organization it can help to look outwards for ideas. Take a step back and avoid a creative block - learn from the mistakes and successes of others and challenge your assumptions. Here, we shortlist five of the best TED talks for creating a culture of innovation.
1. How to Build a Company Where the Best Ideas Win
If innovation is going to succeed within your organization you’ll need a strategy for prioritizing the best ideas. Ray Dalio created one of the world's most successful hedge funds at Blackwater Associates. In this TED talk he prescribes radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making in order to create an idea meritocracy within your organization.
2. The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
After missing out on an innovative investment opportunity now valued at $1billion, Adam Grant wanted to know how he got it so wrong. He decided to study “originals” - thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this TED talk, he reveals three of their unexpected habits.
3. How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative
Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo makes the case for diversity being not just a tick-box exercise but a catalyst for achieving commercial success. In this talk she reveals insights from her study into diversity within 171 companies and explains how treating diversity as a competitive advantage can help your company produce more creative ideas.
4. How Play Leads to Great Inventions
Steven Johnson explores how some of the most transformative inventions came out of play rather than necessity. This captivating, illustrated dive into the history of innovation makes a compelling case. When it comes to innovation, cementing the importance of fun in your organization might be the most strategically sound decision you ever make.
5. Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"
"Remember when people used to try to predict the future?”, Joi Ito of MIT shares a new approach to creating in the moment, demonstrating how you can iterate quickly using a bottom-up approach to innovation. It starts with being open and embracing “the now” over “the future”.