Here are ten lessons I've acquired over the past few years exploring the diffusion of ideas and innovations. I will expound down the road.
• The world knows a little bit about learning, but if we knew more, we could improve learning efficacy.
• People constantly learn from others across the street and across the world, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.
• It is hard-wired in us, and when our learning objectives match our true selves, it is about as much fun as we can have.
• People innovate, but innovations are never truly original, and are always built upon evaluations of previous innovations.
• Because innovations must be created amidst uncertainty, successful innovation and diffusion is hard. Really hard. Even great ideas sometimes die through the fault of no one.
• Each of us are stakeholders at some point, even when we do not know it.
• One person learning something--or not learning something--can cause a ripple effect. Even a single Google search can change the world.
• The smallest of actions (and non-actions) accumulate, yielding dynamic change.
These last two are the most important, and form the basis of my life goals:
• The greatest challenge is learning the right lesson, and then applying it correctly. This requires choosing the right source of learning, and then understanding the differences in context to apply the lesson correctly. This is difficult because lessons can be drawn from all over the place, and many are easily available, tempting us to take an easier path when a long path is needed.
• If we try really hard, and ask the right questions, we can improve our chances.