Gramme has a long interview with the author of the Medici Effect over at Financial Cryptography. The book focuses on how the Medicis helped drive the Renaissance by bringing together a slew of people from different cultures and backgrounds. Far too often people become narrowly focused on issues that their peers agree are important. They lack perspective and freshness, and fail to explore new ideas vigorously. I’m a big fan of inter-disciplinary work in both business and academy to counter these problems.