innovation to other national goals such as the Joint Commission’s work on patient safety and medication reconciliation
Other Supports in Play
Perhaps the most obvious yet subtle positive support of the Foundation was simply conferring recognition and status as a national innovation initiative. For Shawn Fleet of Spectrum Health,
“Doors opened and partners appeared that we never expected. People assumed we must be doing something right. Also, the money helped us buy foods that matched dietary requirements of chronically ill clients.”
There are two kinds of truth. There are superficial truths,
the opposite of which are obviously wrong. But there are
also profound truths, whose opposite are equally right. Niels Bohr
Our approaches were inspired by insights from diffusion research, complexity science, and the Communities-of-Practice (CoP) literature . We have summed up these ideas into the catch-all phrase, Social Network. Social network science focuses on the patterns of relationships among members of a system rather than the members by themselves or the structure. Order, novelty and direction emerge from local interactions, grass-roots-up or the fringe-in, not from a single or centralized intelligence. The charts below compares two sets of fundamental ideas about innovation and diffusion – Conventional and Social Network.