An Order of Innovation On the Side

“But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.”

~Steve Jobs

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It’s come to my attention that when people think of “innovation”, most think of world changing events or inventions. But what about the small and simple things? Can’t they help feed the need too?

As a few of you know, I’m on crew at our school’s theatre and this week we put on the play “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder. Of course, true to Murphy’s law, what could go wrong did go wrong. But not to fear, with a little bit of quick thinking and a little innovation, all went well.

Probably one of the biggest problems we faced was when one of our most important props, Henry’s slingshot, went missing right before the play. We, of course, had to improvise and by the next day I had created a sling shot out of two hair ties, a hand-stitched piece of cotton fabric, and a piece of wood. MacGyver would be proud. Another problem we had was when the projector for the premiss of our play didn’t work on opening night and the actor who played our announcer had to improvise. All in all everything turned out well despite the problems.

But being quick on your feet is not the only way people can be innovative. One of the best little gestures that I have every heard of is when people leave little notes around school or in books. I’m not sure who thought up of it but it has spread throughout the US and other parts of the world. It may not seem like innovation but it is. It feeds a deep seeded emotional need that human beings have, it has been taken and reinvented 100 times over.

Anyway, this post is suppose to have a point: not all innovation has to be on a huge scale. Remember that.

Leave a comment below if you have more examples of innovation on a small scale.

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