How can I use my personal knowledge base to be more creative?

"We have a natural tendency to romanticize breakthrough innovations, imagining momentous ideas transcending their surroundings, a gifted mind somehow seeing over the detritus of old ideas and ossified tradition. But ideas are works of bricolage; they're built out of the detritus. We take the ideas that we' ve inherited or stumbled across, and we jigger them together in some new shape." (Steven Johnson, 2011)

We live in a time when knowledge seems to be exploding and our economy is transitioning from one based on making things to one based on transforming information and knowledge. Creativity and the ability to understand and address complex problems are now more essential than ever. Maintaining a personal knowledge base through undergraduate and graduate studies provides you with a base of information and prior experiences that can serve as a source of ideas for future innovation.


Johnson, S. (2011). Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (Reprint.). Riverhead Trade.