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Where Good Ideas Come From

The phrase “Edge of Chaos” that we’re using for our experiment in innovation comes from Steven Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From.  He suggests that the place you need to get to, the place where ideas can collide in productive and innovative ways, is right on the edge of chaos.

Wicked Problems

When I tell people that the core purpose of The Edge of Chaos is to tackle Wicked Problems, I’m not being flip or just trying to be edgy. The phrase “Wicked Problems” actually goes back to the late 60s.

Opening The Edge of Chaos

Since June, we’ve been teasing the Edge of Chaos into existence. This article, from the UAB Reporter, does a good job of describing what we’re trying to do. If you want to stop by to see the space, we’re open from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday to Friday and you’re welcome to poke your head in. If you want to get a more in-depth tour, send an email to me or to Chenoia and we’ll make sure there’s someone there to greet you.

T. Scott Plutchak