A NYTimes Editorial
today brought an important point to the telecommuting debate - that innovation can happen in the unlikeliest of locales. She gives the example of 2 Cornell University staff from different fields that came up with the idea for a research study about retaining women in the sciences at of all places - while watching their kids at swim practice, the only place likely to have brought them together.
This resonated with me since these past weeks working from Mexico I've met quite a few entrepreneurs that have sparked great business ideas for me, including adopting better work processes, new PR/branding ideas, and long-term business strategies. I even got a few terrific leads for travel writers I'm hiring
. Had I been back in Chicago, I wouldn't have met these people or gotten these ideas. Period. I attend great networking events with tech people and small business owners, but I don't often meet writers and risk-takers like I met here. And I didn't meet these folks at a networking event, we were hiking together in Central Mexico, and getting a bit dirty I might add.