Big innovation is right on the edge of ridiculous ideas. You need an environment that isn’t quite so judgmental about a ridiculous idea. Sometimes those are the ones that are so close to being the brilliant ones. If a space that allows for play can help encourage those types of ideas than you’ll come up with some possibly ridiculous but potentially groundbreaking ideas.

Brendan Boyle, Partner, IDEO, via a Q&A with The 99 Percent.

Boyle explains that for innovation to exist, play needs to be embedded in organizational culture. He argues that play isn’t the opposite of work, instead, boredom and depression are.

Somewhat related via Bobulate (Tumblr): “The reason big new things sneak by incumbents is that the next big thing always starts out being dismissed as a toy.” — Chris Dixon.

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