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Simon Edhouse, citing John Hagel:

"The “edge” takes many forms. Generally speaking, edges are peripheral areas with high growth potential. For example, emerging economies form a geographic edge. New generations of people form demographic edges. Technology edges take shape as technological innovations begin offering new capabilities..

..Why are edges so important? They represent fertile seedbeds for innovation as unmet needs and unexploited capabilities tend to surface first on the edge. Edges also tend to be filled with people who are risk takers. Edge participants tend to connect more readily with each other because they all confront significant challenges in addressing the growth opportunities. Since there is so much growth potential for everyone, they are more willing to share insights and learning. Edges also have limited inertia since most of the large institutions, installed base and current sources of profitability are in the core." (https://medium.com/@simonedhouse/can-we-be-the-ball-an-analogy-for-the-extended-intelligence-model-of-people-centered-ai-a6d6703b43f3)