This article originally appeared in LinkedIn and is republished with permission. The author, Adam Grant, is a Wharton professor of management and psychology, and the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.
I am so grateful to live in the Storytelling world where we borrow (not steal) each others ideas on a regular basis being as conscious as possible to give each other credit where and when credit is due. Those who are ethical are very careful to honor each other, the stories, the culture and to ask permission and then adapt and share. There are no new ideas under the sun, as the quote alluded to, there are amazing new connections that can generate amazing new advances. If we are too afraid that an idea is someone else's a creative may never create. But it is important to be ethical and honor if indeed we ARE aware an idea is someone else's. That's my take and give on this one. :)
Wow! My appreciation of this website has just multiplied. I love the constructive thoughts you have each added to this conversation. I will definitely do some research into the groups, books and ideas you've each mentioned. And if I encourage anyone else with the ideas you've shared here, I'll be sure to give you credit ;) Thanks for my Daily Good!
I recommend one of my favorite books: "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. Why feel guilty? Why try not to do it? The ideas are out there. Why not use them? If you are really consciously drawing on someone else, then give credit, but, otherwise, ideas are public property!
Yes, very true. I would not call it stealing. Th idea of Karma Kitchen is very appealing to me. It gave birth to Karma Kafe in San Diego. I was volunteering in Seva Cafe in Ahmedabad. I then thought of doing this a different way in San Diego. I am very thankful to all who inspired or brought this idea to the world. Thank You all.
Thank you Deborah. I so resonate with your take. This looks like it comes from the "intellectual property" scourge that is really running amuck in the culture. Patents over herbal meds, patents over heritage seeds it goes all directions :-) We are all "guilty" as every word was created and sharing ideas is how we actually learn . It is the diverse mix that augments creativity and the very core of this article seems to hover around he corporate aspects that are in fact shrinking diversity in their need to "GROW>" and discourage "competition" etc. We are at the end of that story and there is a healthy alternative. I found it by unraveling the question of self and unity and am calling it the feminine archetype journey to balance this masculine drama we've been "living."
Disappointed in this article. I typically find such encouragement in Daily Good articles. From the title referring to stealing to the warning about breaking each others hearts, this preys on the anxieties that so many artists struggle with. It's taken a long time for me to release my fear that not all my art will be composed of completely unique ideas and images since so we share so many of our ideas and in so many ways it has "all been done before".
It's interesting to understand how the brain works in capturing and holding onto information, but tying this to the artistic process and warning artists to not integrate ideas from the world around them into their work does not feel constructive to me.
I'd be curious to explore the opportunities that lie within the research. How could we benefit from the fact that other peoples ideas stick with us? Can that help us understand our connections and maybe even use that to help people see that we're not so different from one another and that our ideas can resonate with one another.[Hide Full Comment]