What assumptions curtail innovation? What folklore and fear have we adopted as dogma? One Laptop Per Child tried a new approach.
“We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android.”
What if you assembled your ultimate fans and request they craft an initiative for your enterprise? Unhindered by the narrative of past projects and debate, what would they design? How would a fresh perspective allow innovation?