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    • The Zen of Innovation Reflections on the Creativity of the Human Mind © interKnowledge Technologies
    • Bodhidharma Patriarch of zen buddhism Our nature is the mind. The mind is our nature. “ ”
    • “ ” Past mind can't be grasped, Present mind can't be grasped, Future mind can't be grasped. With which mind will you drink this tea? Zen master Dogen 1200 - 1253
    • Enso (Zen circle) symbolizes enlightenment, a “ mind moment ” of fundamental insight.
    • Innovation is in our nature The human need to explore, discover, decorate, dominate, conquer, protect, invent, tell stories and make magic goes all the way back to our origin as a species.
      • Both zen and innovation :
      • involve exploration and discovery
      • uncover latent possibilities
      • strive for a breakthrough
    • Innovation is driven not just by the need for business growth or market dominance, but also by the imagination , creativity and ingenuity of the human mind. “ ”
    • All innovation involves good ideas. Good innovation turns good ideas into good business “ ”
    • but what’s a good idea? Daruma (Bodhidharma) by Nakahara Nantenbo 1912
    • A good idea is simply an idea that, if implemented, will bring about something good. A really good idea is a good idea in which lie embedded the seeds of even better ones. “ ”
      • In business, a good idea
      • satisfies an existing demand in a new and better way
      • satisfies or creates a new demand
      • attracts resources and support for its implementation
    • All artists are creative. Some artists are also innovative, creating in ways that haven’t been done or seen before. “ Catalan Landscape ” Joan Mir ó 1893 - 1983 Creativity and Innovation are not the same
    • Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973 Co-inventor of cubism “ ” When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us. “ The Guitar Player ” Pablo Picasso 1910
    • Whatever learning there may be in zen , it comes from our own mind D. T. Suzuki Zen author & scholar D. T. Suzuki 1870 - 1966 “ ”
    • Creative thinking requires focusing on a problem followed by “defocusing”, i.e. relaxing and letting the mind wander on its own, creating opportunities for sudden insights to occur.
    • In zen, koans and mondos are used to exhaust and disable the analytical mind, paving the way for (existential) insight.
    • An innovation mondo What is a good idea? Yes What do you mean? No I don’t understand Neither do I
    • Insight is preceded by, but is not the result of, logical effort. It comes suddenly out of “nowhere” and with a feeling of absolute certainty. “ Nowhere” is the creative mind associated with the right hemisphere of the brain. The eureka moment
    • prefrontal cortex left brain logical right brain creative analysis connect focus relax insight Creative Thinking
    • The mind has many “dots” that can be connected in many ways, forming many patterns.
    • Creativity is about having more dots to connect Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple “ ”
    • In groups, diversity in thinking involves multiple experiences, perspectives, expertise and thinking styles.
    • Creative thinking takes time. The mind needs time to “soak” in the problem.
    • A person who never has time to think , may turn into a thoughtless person. Likewise, an organization that doesn’t have time to think, may turn into a thoughtless organization “ ”
    • In the creative process, we cannot tell when we will be finished, but we will know when we are Anders Hemre interKnowledge Technologies Brainovation Blog [email_address] “ ”