From Joann Hackos’ book, Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio, and People, Google Books shows this quote:
Excellent information design requires exposure to design innovations in the community.
As I finalize my work on a book about writing for the social web, including community, and integrating conversation, I can think of lots of ways to learn about innovations in the community thanks to all these technological connection methods we have available to us.
- We can get together with writers from around the world in a Book Sprint.
- We can tap into the collective knowledge of the community at The Content Wrangler Community and find out what new experiments people are trying.
- We can go to lunch with writers from other organizations, especially if you find one from The World’s Most Innovative Companies.
- We can create our own innovation council of 12 people in your local area.
- We can follow Twitter hash tags for conferences known to feature innovative speakers. Try #writersua and #doctrain for starters.
- Run through Whitney Hess’s great slide deck called Evangelizing Yourself. I think lots of her ideas are about connecting with others are right on.
- Read books about building an innovation culture such as The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization.
What other ideas do you have to learn about innovation?