down arrow
pick one
up arrow Collapse
up arrow Collapse

Our Blog

11.5.13 The power of vulnerability: Strengthening innovation and fostering deeper connections

Recently, the TechTown team and I attended an event at the Henry Ford Museum with our partners from Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley and the Macomb-OU Incubator. It was an amazing day where we discussed vulnerability, innovation and connectedness. The day was expertly and beautifully facilitated by Marc Greuther, chief curator, who shared beautiful pieces from the collection that uniquely expressed the concepts of vulnerability, innovation, the force of nature and our opportunity to connect with those ideas and each other.

One of the items we observed was an oriole’s nest that had been expertly crafted using living and dead components of a palm tree. The piece was both delicate and strong and was built out of necessity by the oriole to protect her family from predators using the environmental tools made available to her by her natural habitat. Henry Ford cherished the piece for its innovation and deep connection to nature.

Another item Marc showed us was a geodesic sphere designed and built by Buckminster Fuller through the application of his tensegrity (tensional integrity) principle. The sphere was beautiful – simple and strong with multiple rods and cords connected, each dependent on one another to create form. Each piece of the structure was fantastically reliant, yet balanced and individually important.

It was a glorious reminder of the vulnerability and criticality of connection, which reminds me of a Brene Brown quote: “Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”

If we each carry a commitment to be vulnerable in our interactions, the likelihood of deep, meaningful and important connections improves exponentially, making this journey through life more satisfying and our ability to carry positive change to our work infinitely more possible.

Today, challenge yourself to be vulnerable and prepare to be amazed by what happens next.