Ben Kohlmann posted a lengthy reply to his critics at the Disruptive Thinkers blog. A short excerpt follows.
I don’t know everything – I know very little. I know I know very little. But I want to know more. And I’m going to ask the stupid questions and get things wrong (as many of you are referencing now…). All the while I’m learning, connecting and figuring out a better way.
This is the genesis of Disruptive Thinking. It is not an “us vs them” paradigm, pitting one generation against another. It is understanding the importance of “conceptual blending” and that military personnel may not have the best or only solutions to military problems. It’s understanding that our civilian peers, not in the government, have been shaping our world in ways we hardly even understand. How many of us have truly been affected by the economic downturn of the past four years? We’ve had unprecedented increases in resources, so how could we? We can learn from non-government civilians, as they can from us. It’s taking that entrepreneurial mindset and applying it within a rigid hierarchy to come up with innovative solutions and real institutional change.