There's a great article coming in the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell looking at the myth that big ideas are rare. It looks at Nathan Myhrvold's attempts to engineer innovation and dovetails rather nicely with my recent post on innovating innovation. While I don't necessarily agree with patents as a measure of innovation, his results are very impressive. By bringing together bright people from disparate fields and allowing massive cross polination, disruptive ideas emerge. The challenge is figuring out how to do it in a more scalable way that Nathan has.