Collaborative Innovation: What Turns It Off And What Turns It On

Collaborative Innovation: What Turns It Off And What Turns It On


As we seek to explore the benefits of integrating collaboration and innovation as a productive strategy in social political and economic contexts, we are ignoring the anthropological evidence that human beings are naturally collaborative and innovative. Rather than exploring how we can add these qualities to our experience, this paper explores why we are not accessing these qualities as a natural strategy. Several questions are posed that explore what turns collaboration and innovation off and what we can do turn them on again. A model is proposed where focus of attention, and the perception of reality that emerges, can be affected by alteration of psychobiological orientation. The ideal orientation of curiosity is proposed with a supporting psycho-neuro-biological discussion of how an orientation of curiosity enables a restoration of our natural, collaborative disposition.


It is pertinent that the articles in this inaugural issue address the question: “At this extraordinary time of social, political and economic disintegration, with respect to Collaborative Innovation, what is the most important question to ask and why?” Recent work by the Wright Brothers Institute has explored innovation models for their effectiveness in transactional and transformational growth.

Indications were that the best results were achieved when collaboration and innovation are applied simultaneously. It is, therefore, a reasonable scientific question to want to know why this synergy works so well and how to maximize the benefits in our social, political and economic spheres. Human beings, however, are,by nature, one of the most collaborative and innovative species on the planet. Collaboration and innovation are fundamental qualities that have enabled our species to survive. There are words used in other topics of discussion that synonymously describe human development, including adaptive, responsive to environmental change, social, interactive, interpersonal, and co-operative.


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About the Author

Richard HillRichard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, is a practicing psychotherapist/counsellor, author, educator, and professional supervisor. He is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He speaks on the topicss of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, and the impact of curiosity on brain, behavior and well being. His recent book is with Ernest Rossi, PhD, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands, which describes a Client-Responsive Approach to therapy. He is Past-President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS); Patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists; and Managing Editor of The Science of Psychotherapy monthly magazine. He holds Masters degrees in Arts; Education; and Mind and Brain Sciences. His other books include, Choose Hope and How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy!

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