Creativity and Innovation (Part 2)

By Albert Van Kleeck
Albert Van Kleeck Consulting

Last month we began a conversation about creativity and innovation in human services. Several examples of how different companies define creativity and innovation were presented and the question “How do you define creativity and innovation?” was asked.

Finally, the expectation was that this month we would focus on specific services we are all familiar with and begin to think about how we might be creative, or more creative, and innovative in how these services are developed, redefined, invented, and operational. And so, we begin where we left off. Continue reading

Creativity and Innovation in Human Services – Some things to think about…

By Albert Van Kleeck
Albert Van Kleeck Consulting

Creativity and Innovation, what’s the difference and how do you define these? Are you creative? Are you innovative? Do you know anyone who is creative, innovative? Do you work with anyone who is creative or innovative? Is there even a place for creativity and innovation in the Human Services industry?

Industry! What? This is an industry? Doesn’t that mean we’re just another business?  What we do is so much more than just being a business! And what we do and how we do it is pretty much mandated by all sorts of regulations and rules and the confines of funding streams. Where is the room for being creative and innovative? The answer to these questions depends on how you define things. Continue reading

Rethinking the Box – Part One

By David Morstad 

It happened again. We had a problem, and someone encouraged us to think outside the box. The box – the quintessential metaphor for perceived limits on the way we think and act when presented with a problem. Presumably, those limits keep us from adequately addressing increasingly complex problems and, so I’m told, we need to get out of it.

As a metaphor, “thinking outside the box” is – after years– still very much embraced. Truthfully, I’m a little weary of it. I’m also a little wary of it. Weary, because it’s cliché; but wary because it has never adequately described the problem solving process. In fact, when it comes to how we conceptualize creative thinking, it may have done more harm than good. Continue reading