As a designer – silversmith I like to think of my work as part of something that can change the world. Not in a “I’m going to invent the wheel” kind of way, but in a “I’m observant and note new tendencies in society, and use them to create new solutions” kind of way. We develop all the time, and our world changes quietly around us, new technology makes our everyday lives easier – and different, or something in our surroundings makes us choose to live and prioritise differently.
Our culture changes, and that is part of the reason we use silverware differently today than we did just 50 years back – to use my field as an example. That’s why the silversmiths of today have to be innovative & creative to explore the new possibilities of contemporary silver. And it’s not just silver, this goes for everybody designing objects with a functionality.
It is the danish innovator Preben Mejer, InnovationLab, who makes this bold statement, and the article goes into the powers you need to create an innovative business. To do that you need rigorous planning and structure and the willingness to set aside mental and economical resources to make it happen. In other words you have to really want it. It needs to be part of your vision and your daily schedule.
As I said in the beginning, I kind of like to think of my work as being part of an innovative solution. I’ve always seen it as a plus that I’m a creative thinker and that creativity is part of being innovative. But id Preben Mejer is right – and innovation is more about execution and having a clear vision for your business (or life), than it is about creativity. Then, being creative must be a bonus strength if your goal is to be innovative in your creative field, but not a must.
The way I see it, we can use our creative approach – the ability to think and work creatively, to see patterns, possibilities and solutions within our discipline, but it’s up to rigorous planning and structure to make it happen and follow through.
You have probably got loads of ideas, but if they stay in your head and you don’t execute them, then they are just that: ideas in your head! And can we agree that that’s not very innovative?
So, lets starts an Innovation!
Lets actively do something about the ideas we have:
- Make a plan for what and how you are going to make one of your ideas happen – today!
- Mark off time and money to execute your creative (and innovative) idea.
- Put it in your calendar.
You could start by letting me know what idea you are going to start with in the comments below.
P.S. It’s important that you’re not afraid of failure and that you let yourself not be perfect. It’s not all your innovations that will become realty, but try looking at it this way: if you don’t start somewhere NONE of your brilliant ideas will ever be more than just thoughts in your mind. And that’s a waste of good ideas, don’t you think?