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Innovation – A Poem by Ivon

As I drove to work this morning, I considered the phrase “thinking outside the box.” I wonder, “Is the most apt description for innovative or creative thinking?”

When I am inside the box can I really see outside and look around effectively? I could just be hanging on for dear life. Or, when I am outside the box, can I see inside? When I wrote my candidacy paper, I interviewed the first principal of our unique, alternative school and he provided an appropriate metaphor for innovative and creative organizations-a corral fence. I wrote the following poem and tried to capture what I think he meant.

Innovate

A fence

with railings

see in or out

allow perspective.

Flow and rhythm

information in; information out

nourish

enrich

affirm

recycle

breathe and flex.

Part of a whole

complex, yet simple

reach beyond my world

one piece of a puzzle.

Present

to our self

to the world.

Never box me in.

This fit with a song I heard by Ben Harper called With my Own Two Hands. He used to front a band called the Innocent Criminals and that drew me to his music. Enjoy this creative artist.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

2 responses »

  1. I like the idea of seeing through, having transparency. Maybe that is ‘inter-box’ thinking. You may just have coined something new here! :)

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  2. That is an interesting word or phrase. I completed a guided or independent study about mindfulness in everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk, spoke of ‘inter-being.’ When you use the term ‘inter-box thinking,’ it has a similar sound to it. Organizations and people in them are connected in various ways to each other and to the other communities they are part of. Thank you for the contribution to my learning. You took it one step further.

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