Have you read Steven Johnson‘s book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (Penguin, 2010)? It is a wonderful mix of neurobiology, information technology and popular culture studies.
Johnson emphasizes some ideas from his book in this short video below that innovation and creativity happen best when people work together in an environment that encourages connectivity. He says good ideas happen not from a “Eureka!” moment from from the “Slow Hunch.” He is convincing in his argument for a culture that allows for or encourages half-innovations to connect. The engine of creativity and innovation, says Johnson, is connectivity.
“Chance favors the connected mind.”