Why Thought Leaders Need Provocateurs

If life on Earth really started with a single-celled organism, how has natural selection taken us to the point where there are now countless millions of life forms with more evolving daily?  Would any of this be possible if each kept strictly to itself?  If my angle is not yet clear, let me continue with my clearly analogous thought in its intended context.


Technology and Social Media are branching out into many new forms at a rate few if any can keep up with.  Inevitably, natural selection comes into play, ensuring that even some of the best ideas barely see the light of day.  For those that do, I propose another analogy:  For generations, the world’s Royal Families only married each other and their gene pool became dangerously familiar, their outlook, stagnating  in its insularity.

As a former mainframe programmer turned Business and QA Analyst who has also facilitated many processes outside of my own core expertise, I can attest to the value of multiple skillsets being employed in any process, with questions being asked by the non-experts or those with complementary skills.

The value of questions

So I call on everyone with a question or opinion to not be intimidated by the genius of those currently taking lead roles in innovation and speak your mind!  Nobody has your exact experiences and mindset and your thoughts may well help spark the next round of round-table brainstorming innovation.  We’re all relying on you!



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Andy Capaloff

Andy Capaloff is a former IT developer turned Business Analyst and Quality Assurance Analyst and Tester whose main interests in Social Media are in the areas of Big Data and everything related to questions, each of which require the skillset he has honed in over 3 decades in his professional life. http://www.linkedin.com/in/andycapaloff


  1. great blog, brainstorming is a massive way to get your ideas in the right direction. I will definitely be following you and interested in reading your blog :-)

  2. Great post Andy. Couldn’t agree more: thought leadership should not be for an elite anymore. The Web gave us the possibility to cover a long tail of topics and let everybody’s expertise be heard as I also developed here: http://sco.lt/92iFO5 building on your blog post. Thanks for this!

    • andycapaloff says:

      Thank you, Guillaume. Questions and interactions are amongst the cornerstones of Curatti and we see the dissemination of thought leadership amongst a broader audience as being critical to the evolution of social content. The broader the conversation, the greater the innovations.

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