Did you go to Innovation Day yesterday? Because if you did, then let’s talk about how awesome it was — and if you didn’t then let me tell you about it. Put on by Opportunity Knocks, the Bend Chamber and OSU-Cascades with the help of many other organizations, Innovation Day presented a chance to meet innovators from around Bend, hear their ideas and then offer your own.
First of all, we all get stuck in the rut of talking with the same people in our industry or going to events about topics we’re familiar with. It’s human nature, but it creates community silos and frankly, missed opportunities. In fact, there’s some fascinating research by University of Chicago business professor Ronald Burt that highlights the benefits of engaging with people from different social clusters (I wrote some about it for SoFi here).