Integral Understanding of Creativity and Innovation
Maybe you already got a feeling of ‘integral innovation’ as I propose it in the recent book ‘The Leadership Spark – The New Integral Technique To Ignite Your Creative, Innovative, And Strategic Leadership’. If not, a good insight into it is in this article, Why an Innovation System is not enough. Talking about the Upper Right Quadrant of Integral Innovation, here lie all the theories on innovation which refer to the way the brain acts, to the acts of innovation and creativity, to the inventions as human creative artifacts and to the creative thinking techniques.
The Upper Right AQAL quadrant – the ‘brain’ perspective on innovation
Therefore, in the UR Quadrant, creativity is viewed through its observable external manifestations in a creative human being. Talking about the way the brain works and how is this relevant to our understanding of creativity and innovation, the simplest explanation of the neurobiology of creativity is that our learning experiences pass through four different areas of our brain, each of them specializing in a certain operation. One is dedicated to processing new experiences, one is dedicated to observing what the body experiences (especially when facing new experiences), one is hardwired to deal with drawing conclusions and making theories, and one with testing these formed ‘conclusions’. Certainly, a child uses all 4 parts of the brain in a more natural and complete way. What I say is that as children, we lose this ability during our growth – significantly due to our education.
A recent study on the creative brain of children and adults showing mimicking is the rule
One Recent Study showed the same. The test showed that:
- there are individual differences in Divergent Thinking (DT) that can be measured as early as age 1; these measurements are reliable;
- children with high DT scores tended to have parents who showed high DT;
- children learn DT through mimicking adults (parents) or other children;
- DT has little to do (30% maybe) with genetics (DNA).
How do you trigger brain’s creative thinking and behavior in an adult
One problem arising from here would be: how to preserve DT at adult ages – your employees? My idea is that you have to provoke the well formed and established (non-creative) pathways. You can do this through new experiences and observing the existing limitations of the current mindset/ way of thinking.