This quote from Steven Anderson (@), "Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant," is one of the most important things to keep in mind as something essential to innovation.
The furthering of an idea through back and forth exchange with one or more other people is a magical process. The different perspective from someone else is what you always need in order to progress. Without that- you will remain in the blind- not knowing what you don't know.
I work with a team of people who are all very different, which is a great thing. The different approach to the same issue brought forth from each one of them invariably leads to a strategy that's thought out, thoroughly vetted, and likely to produce great results, affecting the most amount of people. Working in isolation just doesn't have the potential to affect significant change within an organization, and as Couros states, "Isolation is often the enemy of innovation."
Another great network of people who inspire innovative ideas and all-around brilliance- the majority of whom I've never met in person- are all the people who participate in Twitter chats. #TOSAChat is Monday nights 8PM pacific. This is a fast-paced discussion that generates a ton of ideas and inspiration. I'd encourage everyone to jump in and participate in Twitter chats whenever possible! Along those lines, investigate Tweetdeck, also, for helping to manage the activity. A tool like Tweetdeck just makes keeping up with the fast-paced chatter a little easier. Monday night also offers #EdTechChat- also 8PM- so, please check that out, too! And follow all that with #tlap at 9PM. I promise you'll leave those discussions invigorated, ready to tackle the rest of the week, and most likely implementing some new idea you learned from the Twitterverse.
Remember- Together, we are brilliant!