Watch and enjoy.
We all are working to promote more innovative school cultures, and, more importantly, to facilitate our students’ development of more innovative mindsets. But I fear that too often we see innovation as an extraordinarily complex or sophisticated concept. In thinking this, we set the bar so high that we lose confidence in our ability to reach it, and hence, stop trying quite so hard.
Instead, we should continue to recognize how elemental and elementary innovation is: it is an art of copying, transforming, and combining, as Kirby Ferguson explains in this very charming, colorful, fun and informative video. Innovation isn’t epiphany, it is effort, experiment, and practice. It is copying with intentionally allowed mutations; it is experimenting with the possibilities mutations make available; it is refusing to stop at any limit or boundary but instead continuing to ask what next, what more, what else?
More about Kirby Ferguson’s fascinating project is available here.