Posts tagged innovation
where's the creativity?

Is there any creativity left in the world?

I’m not talking about making sh!t up. I’m not talking about faking it until you make it. I’m talking about shear unadulterated creativity. Where has it gone?

Creativity - the interwebs are chock full of people writing top ten lists, innovation hacks and how-to guides… but here’s the truth - Creativity is difficult. Really difficult. No matter where you work or what you do. Here’s the thing, if creative solutions were easier, it wouldn’t be innovative. It’s not supposed to be simple.

Difficulty not withstanding, where are the creative problem solvers?

Using the established form, project template or following the age-old (usually un-inspected) rule is not creative, not in the least.

SXSW & The Govie
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SXSW Interactive is a now infamous conference of 20,000 plus technology nerds gathered for a week in Austin, Texas. It's not the normal place for a govie, such as myself, to hang out. But it's my interest, both professionally and personally.

SXSW is where the nerds go for spring break. It's the first time I've ever felt comfortable at a conference, devouring every possible session on topics from crowdsourcing OUYA to the power of serendipity. Most with little obvious connection to government. But see, thats where I think we've got it wrong. Nerd spring break and all that happens there, has everything to do with innovation and where innovation is, is frankly, where government needs to be.

Now SXSW is certainly not the only place to search for innovation. There are millions of other options out there, most don't require travel or time away from the office. But this search for innovation does require a dedication to the cause. A curiosity for new ideas and the drive to apply them - it's not easy, but it's necessary. It's necessary to move beyond government as usual, toward government as a platform of engagement and democracy.