Is a “new” idea really a new idea? Is true innovation possible?


The greatest idea! Is it a new, original idea or a different take on an old idea?   

Does interpretation make a difference since an idea is interpreted through the experiences of a new person?

Do we encourage creative expression for personal satisfaction or in the hopes that it will lead to something new?

NO COPYING, MOCKING, or IMITATING!  Ideas come from studying past interpretations, researching all of the possibilities, and letting the imagination take what you know a step further. Making an idea, a work of art, a new piece of music, a film or video, writing a play, or writing a story all are forms of creative expression. This creativity can lead to innovation, in science or the arts. Think about creating a new recipe. Adding a new spice or a different ingredient sometimes turns out great and sometimes, not so great. You don’t know what will happen if you don’t try – learning is the goal.There is a difference between artistic interpretation,which is individual, and scientific innovation, creating something completely new or expanding or enhancing on an existing thing or idea. Both may use knowledge from the past and take theories or components previously used and make something new or different.

Is it new or is it NEW? A child may come up with an idea from her experience that is new to her, but not new. A teacher can ask questions to stimulate thought and creativity, perhaps hoping for students to figure out something “new.” The idea may be new to the student, but not the world, still positive. It doesn’t make the person not creative because someone thought of it before. After all, how many ideas are new? What is important is the thought that stimulated the person to think of something new, even better if no one has thought of it before.

So for example…cooking can be pretty routine. What is for dinner. . . oh no chicken again!  Well tonight instead of the usual grilled chicken with barbecue sauce or chicken parmesan, we’re having chicken with a mustard cream sauce. It’s a whole new meal! Never thought of it before.

Your teen age daughter is to play in a piano recital, a movement from a Beethoven piano sonata. It is advanced for her. You tell her to listen to many various versions that exist (thank you iTunes!). Then, she decides she loves Artur Rubenstein. What do you say?   Love it as it is worth loving, but take all the versions and make your version your own. Have something to say. Rubenstein and Ashkenazy have already said it their way. Don’t copy!

This step is the important one to creative expression whether it be through science or the arts. There is a method but in the end there is not one answer. Yes, there are facts you can’t deny. In music, there is style to which a performer must be true, but in the end, having something to say should come from the unique perspective of the performer.

Don’t get me wrong. This pursuit is not easy and really very few have something unique to say. Striving for this individuality is what is important. You don’t know what you will discover on the way.

Categories: 21st Century Education, Arts Integrated Education, Education reform, foster workforce readiness, Innovation, mentors, social/emotional wellness, STEAM, STEM education, Uncategorized

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