One of The RSA’s (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) most innovate speakers –Stephen Johnson, emphasizes, in the video posted below, that being more creative leads to more innovative organisations. Johnson questions “what are the spaces that have led to historical creativity and innovation” He finds that there are recurring patterns crucial to the environment where innovation takes place. Most ideas do not come in the form of ‘eureka’ moments but mature over time, sometimes years. These ideas only germinate under favourable conditions, often when met with relative circumstances or complimentary ideas.
I once interviewed the Irish entrepreneur Peter Cronin, Business Director of Alaymont International- a Business Coaching and Training company, on being innovative. He told me that when he was a year and a half old his parents discovered that he had mild cerebral palsy. His mother told his siblings not to help him with anything. So he always had to find a solution to anything he couldn’t do. Peter would never let anyone tell him he couldn’t do something. He had been going through the process of innovation his whole life. He managed obstacles by becoming a problem solver. The Human brain uses innovation as a survival tool that is often only accelerated in a ‘fight or flight’ stress response, however, when highly motivated, we release the adrenaline hormones that enable us to tap into this resourceful part of our psyche and therefore create relative innovations.
So if motivation and collaboration is what is needed to excel great ideas into tangible projects then what platforms exist in Ireland for young people to share their thoughts? Taking inspiration from platforms such as ‘TED’, a non profit organisation bringing together the worlds most fascinating thinkers, this blog aims to create an engine of innovative thought.
A collection of paintings by me to get some creative juices flowing!