Bumpspark is a word I coined for the title of a television pilot. It means a deliberate mistake made to discover an unexpected connection.
Aristotle taught us creativity resides in accidental combinations. For example, Robert Jarvik, inventor of the surgical stapler and the artificial heart, brought the skills of a former engineering student to the worlds of medicine and surgery.
Writing and language combine dissimilar ideas when they make metaphors. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Everything new is an effective recombination of what already exists.
Effective is the hard part. You can’t predict chemistry between people or ideas; you can only foster unexpected meetings. That’s my theory of producing, teaching, and writing.
That’s why I love the Web. It inserts conversation and serendipity into every discipline and expertise. If you want to read more about my ideas, visit my blog on interactivity—called Bumpspark