I believe innovation comes from the unexpected collision of ideas. We need collaboration between diverse people for that to work. But it also helps to have as diverse a population of ideas knocking around in our own heads first. The more disparate, diverse, and weird the better.
I believe I have to make room to discover and push the boundaries of my creativity — at work and beyond. I try to carve out at least 10-15% of my work time and much more of my personal time to discover emerging trends, people and ideas.