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I read and heard about innovation several times over the the past few days. I was professionally developed yesterday and it came up again. The person indicated innovation is half-formed ideas bumping up against each other as we share them. I wondered about that, because it suggests we work together, collaborate, and recognize the interdependent nature of humans and the world they live in together. I rarely see this and I doubt a bureaucratic mindset is one that embraces those features of innovation. I read recently, and I apologize about a lack of reference, that it is not enough to show up. We need to do something when we get there. David Whyte summarized this beautifully in the following poem.

We shape our self
to fit this world
and by the world
are shaped again.
The visible
and the invisible
working together
in common cause,
to produce
the miraculous.
I am thinking of the way
the intangible air
passed at speed
round a shaped wing
holds our weight.
So may we, in this life
to those elements
we have yet to see
or imagine,
and look for the true
shape of our own self
by forming it well
to the great
intangibles about us.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

25 responses »

  1. Ivon – Je me excuse – I have been on vacation and have been deleting emails for 2 days upon my return. Wonderful post. I have missed so many. I believe it is my biggest concern and perhaps fear… That I miss something!!

  2. We’re like water. Affecting, and also accumulating. 🙂

  3. I like the concept and the poem! Thank you, Ivon.

  4. and look for the true
    shape of our own self
    by forming it well
    to the great
    intangibles about us.

    I think these words are absolutely magnificent. “The great intangibles around us” just wonderful Ivon. Thank you.

  5. Interesting Ivon – the imperative to ‘show up’ that to my knowledge never includes the reality that once there, you have to do something. Engage. Be a part. Share. For if one doesn’t, are they really showing up at all?

    • What a great question Mimi. You are probably onto something in that. There in body, but not there in spirit is the adage. After some thinking, I realized the line came from Seth Godin’s blog.

  6. I would like to sit together with you, and others, to exchange ideas ….

  7. Innovation is difficult, whether in a public bureauchracy or in a private company because it requires a high level of trust and a high tolerance of ambiguity/change – going with the flow. We tend to want to be secure and are more comfortable with the familiar – innovation could lead to new developments that we can not foresee or control.

  8. Innovation is one of the many faces of creativity, and a beautiful one at that. It is different in the hands of every person… and sometimes the ideas bounce off one another, sometimes they collide, and sometimes the dance… like the poem too.


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