We are all innovative; capable of connecting and creating the ideas that drive people, businesses, organizations and society forward. Allow me to lay out a quick argument for this reasoning:
Innovation = Creativity
MentorEdge’s Ravi Kikan recently asked the LinkedIn Future Trends group, “How do you define innovation in one word?” To date, over 300 different people have responded and the most popular answer has been “creativity”. A few others have also offered up “creation” in response. For further thoughts and to see a word cloud from this LinkedIn discussion, please visit my blog about it on Centric’s page.
True, many out there will argue that innovation and creativity are similar, but each is different in its definition and application. This may be so, but both no doubt share the same core of unique thoughts, expression and creative output.
We Are All Creative
Genesis 1:27 – “so God created mankind in his own image.”
“…if God was crazy about creativity, and I was created in the image of God,
then somewhere deep inside I must be crazy about creativity too”
Pixar’s Don Hahn, Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self
Put another way, God is the ultimate creator. He created the heavens and earth, light, sky, land, seas, vegetation, birds, creatures of the sea, livestock, wild animals and mankind. (Genesis 1:1-27).
If you doubt God’s creative ability, you must have never stood on top of Maui’s Mount Haleakala to watch the sunrise. You must have never stopped to watch animals playing at the zoo. You must have never laid on your backs to stare at the endless stars on a clear night.
If God is the ultimate creator, and we were made in His image, that means ultimately we are creative too.
So, this brings me back to my original thought: We are all innovative.
We (all mankind) = Creative = Innovative
“Art is not a gene or a specific talent. Art is an attitude, culturally driven and available to anyone who chooses to adopt it. Art isn’t something sold in a gallery or performed on a stage. Art is the unique work of a human being, work that touches another.
Seizing new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map – these are works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer, or work with others all day long.”
Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception