Good Read: 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread

Originally posted on #GovLife.

One of the things we hear about a lot when we talk about innovation is the rate of adoption. Whether or not an idea (no matter how amazing) succeeds is a huge risk, and it’s not just applicable to government.

The characteristics listed in 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread, are:

Relative Advantage – how much better the new thing is compared to the existing thing

Compatibility – how similar the new thing is to things you already know about

Complexity (or simplicity) – how easily you can understand the new thing

Trialability – how easily the new thing can be tested

Observablity – how noticeable/easily shareable the results are

Would these five areas be enough to implement innovative ideas in government? What would you add or take away?

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