Improvisation, Creativity and Innovation

What happens when you bring two people together?

This isn’t the start of a poor joke unfortunately.

The answer is, we don’t know.

We don’t know how someone will react to us. It’s a true unknown and a true mystery.

We may have an idea based on what others tell us, based on our prejudices and biases, based on our upbringing, and based on the societal values we choose to accept. But it’s never a foregone conclusion.

Bringing two people together is always the start of something new and different. This could mean that something interesting happens, or it could mean that something destructive happens.

Bringing two people together is the genesis of creativity and innovation. Each person has no idea if the other will react well to them or be receptive to their ideas or be a good person to continue a relationship with.

That genesis is the essence of human nature. That co-creation that happened completely naturally. I say something, you respond, and we end up somewhere unexpected in most cases.

It makes me wonder about improvisation. What is improv? It’s taking what you’ve got and creating something useful or unexpected out of it. The old TV programme MacGuyver was completely based around the lead character’s ability to use the tools available to him to find a solution to his dire problem.

Conversations are improvisation at its best. I choose to partake in a dialogue. If I invest in it, it becomes wonderful. If I don’t, then nothing changes.

Change, then, is all about bringing people together and letting them find their own way to make things better.

This blog post is because of a conversation I had with Meg Peppin. She sparked an idea for me and I ran with it to write this piece.

Because we’re improvising everyday.

Because we’re innovating on a daily basis.

Because we’re being creative without realising.

So what creation, innovation or improvisation will you be doing today?

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