We live in a world that changes cumulatively day after day. And one change brings about another (or a range of others) automatically. Change can be defined as nothing more than a kind of migration of status A to status B. In order to talk about change you have to be able to understand the two statuses. There is change that we can only experience, but some changes we can control very precisely. And all shades in between of course.
There is the fact that creativity is very hard to measure or quantify, which has caused the relationship with the regular business world – where everything revolves around productivity, efficiency and measurable results – to be uneasy at times. Thanks to the success of groundbreaking companies like Apple, Google, Tesla, and other icons, did creativity get its rightful place. Moreover, creativity today has become a ‘hot topic’ with sensible, smart companies. And also, with hiring new employees, creativity has evolved from being a ‘nice bonus’ to an absolute prerequisite, certainly when there are management positions involved.
The question arises, does change brings innovation or vice versa? We can say that innovation always means change, but not all change is innovative. They will be key in accelerating the speed at which people understand, accept and are willing to apply your innovation, and move successfully through the change process and achieve anticipated benefits faster. In the realm of creativity design thinking, is a mode of inquiry that puts “doing” and “innovating” at the center of problem-solving, promises to address future needs of the globe. It creates a “third space” (Gutiérrez 2008), an interdisciplinary space where students respond to design challenges with a clearly articulated sense of their confidence and agency and, more specifically, of their identities as change agents.
As Brown (2009) has found that organizations that take people out of their working context in order to foster innovation do indeed encourage people to innovate, but their innovations do not seep into and spread through the organization unless such a process is embedded in the workplace.
According to Brown(2014), It is therefore quite important to understand that change and creativity, is not a simple process of cause and effect but as a richly dynamic, interconnected, and human system in which we are at once the actors and the acted upon, simultaneously subject and object, caught in a never-ending dance where no one knows the steps but from which a marvelous order emerges.
Dron, J. (2014). Chapter 9: Innovation and Change: Changing how we Change. In Zawacki-Richter, O. & T. Anderson (Eds.), Online distance education: Towards a research agenda. Athabasca, AB: AU Press.
Gutiérrez, K (2008). Developing a Sociocritical Literacy in the Third Space. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1598/RRQ.43.2.3