A fairly quick and self explanatory entry this week. Iknit was something that Rich Lamb-Hughes and I came up with whilst we were thinking of building the ‘one good idea a month with an obvious sponsor” web group that was to support/become ‘Free lunch’. Since then we have discussed, improved and shared it with quite a few people and the most work has probably been done by Robin Jutzen – the person who did most on/for ‘Free lunch’.

A fantastic idea probably not to happen…I can’t put it more simply than in the pdf explaining it.

Iknit (Update – some people were having problems with the pdf, so cloud to the rescue, it is now a presentation on google docs – you dont have to log in, just click “View published presentation in a new window”)

To me it seems to fit completely what new ideas should be about: –

Benefits and shares with everyone involved, creates and uses stories, proves the new model.

For reference it also met the checklist that we applied to everything we thought up:

Is it original ?
Is it a better way?
Can it be explained in one sentence?
Does it want to be shared?
Does it have an obvious sponsor?

Can it be created in our lunchtimes?
Do we instantly love it?

Perhaps the quote attributed to Howard Aiken is most apt:
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
Mind you he might also have said : “Only six electronic digital computers would be required to satisfy the computing needs of the entire United States.”…


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