Creativity and Innovation Cartoon
Creativity and Innovation is a very large and complex subject area with a considerable amount of debate about what it is, and how it is practiced. One definition of it is: “Creativity is finding, thinking and making new things. Innovation is doing and using new things.”
In terms of individual creative or innovative behavior, many experts think that being creative (whether it is coming up with a new idea or executing it) is within the capability of every one of us (not just a few creative or genius types). Given this, they also say that a very big part of the creative or innovative “mind set” is always improved by exhibiting more levels of curiosity (as we probably all did when we were children, largely by asking lots of questions). This means that we can use greater curiosity as a way of getting into a more creative state-of-mind.
Of course, it could be argued that curiosity is an ‘innate’ ability or interest – you’re either curious/inquisitive or you are not. However, there is evidence to suggest that being curious about the world and life in general is a choice that people tend to make and practice, rather than a naturally learned process. In this respect, more than any other single tactic that you can choose to adopt, the practice of asking questions (and especially “why” and “how” ones) often pays the greatest dividends in terms of helping to develop curiosity levels.