Grouping: Filing digested observations with related ones.
Adaptation: Applying digested observations to new experiences.
These are my summaries. I'd say Noah is right on. The way I come up with new ideas is by reading and observing diverse groups of people. Then, applying these observations to different situations. Digest. Group. Adapt.
Update: Looks like Amy is going down to New Orleans to work the Hurricane relief. Wish her luck and safety, please.
One of my best friends, Amy Breton trains her dogs to compete in agility trials. She's also a veterinary technician. She is very well respected in her field, has published articles and contributed to books. She is very sought after in her field too. She is also a VMAT member, which is the organization responsible for responding to emergencies when animals are involved. Amy was one of the veterinarian technicians that went to NYC after 9-11. She took care of the search and rescue dogs that were there. (Someday, hopefully she'll publish her memoirs from that. She is an amazing writer and the stories and photos she has from her experience are inspiring.) She's also been called to duty for other disasters that she is not allowed to talk about. The only reason I know is because she tells me that she is going away and can't talk about it. Long story short: She rocks. She brings a new level to her profession.
She also adopted a dog awhile ago that was brought into her clinic in very bad shape. She not only nursed it back to health, but trained Serena to compete in agility trials, which is like the Olympics for dogs. They go through obstacle courses that I know I couldn't make it through. It is very impressive if you haven't seen it.
Recently, Serena grew a large tumor in her leg which rendered it useless. Their only option was to amputate her leg. So, I was surprised to hear that Serena was competiting in agility meets again. But, not only did she compete with 3 legs. She won! Here is Amy's email: (published with permission)
What a day!! It was just awesome to be running again with Serena and it was a lot of fun to run with Meeko for the first time. Serena was officially the only 3 legged dog there. Joe video taped the event and it's so funny to hear people in the background suddenly exclaiming that "that dog only has 3 legs!" Serena was the only dog to have the entire arena applauding and cheering for her. It was definately one of the loudest post-run celebrations of any dog I've ever heard. Serena had a blast and was so excited to get out and run that she was literally running in circles waiting for her turn. So...how did we do?
Serena came in FIRST place during both events and qualified once out of her 2 events. (In agility a qualifying run means a PERFECT run and with so many perfect runs you get to move up to higher and higher levels. So, the "Q" run is what you want in agility). So, we took one "Q"!
Meeko was a super star...no I'm not kidding. She took first and qualified in BOTH of her events! GO MEEKO! In fact, she had some tough competition. On the first run she had 12 dogs in her group and 4 of them qualified. On the second run she had 14 dogs and 5 qualified. So, she did super! She was even 17 seconds below time during one of them! Her runs were absolutely perfect! Go Meeko!
So, we are very happy today. A big special thanks to my parents who drove all the way up from PA to support Serena during her first competition as a 3 legged dog. Hopefully there are many more to come! Joe and I are going to put together the footage of the video tape we shot today of Serena along with some video of her running in the yard and give it to the veterinary clinic I work at. There are many owners who decide to euthanise or not amputate because they feel their dogs will have a bad quality of life. Hopefully, seeing Serena on video will show them that anything is possible and that 3 legged dogs have a great quality of life. After all, Serena also has a plate on her femur besides the missing front leg!
And a picture of Serena and Meeko after their meet:
Notice who's still standing. Yes, Serena, the one on the right with the hair where her leg used to be.
Ross asks us to think about it - believe me I have been. Right now,
the trade show industry is seeing a very strange series of effects
chomping down their utility. How do I know? Comdex is dead! OK that's
only anecdotal. What I can tell you is that the meetings we've had with
people that are in the event business all are the same, they're looking
for new ways to get people in and they recognize, but don't know how to
harness, the increasing role and impact of technology and social media
on their business.
Don't like that answer? Then consider things like BloggerCon,
Gnomedex, local user groups and associations. There is tremendous
growth in this arena and it's more than just 5 or ten people, we're
seeing hundreds and even thousands aggregate in new and interesting
ways. Do you think somehow those groups will STOP getting together?