So, Caine’s Arcade is really old news (from 2012), but somehow I completely missed it back then. I case you did as well: It is a touching short film about a boy that dreams of running an arcade. The short film is here (click image to play):
If you want to see more, then watch part 2 (click image to play):
Caine’s story moved me, because he has such a beautiful imaginative mind. It also made me sad. Sad because I realized that I am living in a world of grown ups, that – like me – lost most of their imagination.
Programming fosters imagination
The “inventor” feeling
Just like with Caine, not being successful does not matter. That’s because there is a stronger force: The act of creating (and imagining) is a powerful and magical thing. This magic is what motivated me to program computers in the first place. It also is what still drives me to create (software) whenever I can. It is the “inventor” feeling that gets you hooked you when you are creating. And the open-source movement that promotes sharing and world-wide collaboration adds a great extra dimension to this.
I <3 programming!
Think about your work and ask yourself this simple question: “What would I improve if their were no constraints?”. Next ask yourself the questions: “How sure am I that the constraints really exist? Did I try? Is there really no workaround?”.
“What would I improve if their were no constraints?”
Businesses tend to steer for compliance, cost reduction and security to achieve financial stability. They also wonder why they fail to innovate. I learned that this is called the “innovation paradox” as organizations tend to pursuit two seemingly opposite goals. So if you are caught in that struggle, then I suggest that you read Jeffrey Phillips on his blog “innovate on purpose”.
These 10 quotes may inspire you on your search for innovation:
- “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard
- “When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman
- “Managers maintain the present while leaders create the future.” – Orrin Woodward
- “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” – John Maynard Keynes
- “Dreaming is largely lost among adults drowning in self-imposed realities.” – Ryan Lilly
- “A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.” – Vivek Wadhwa
- “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” – A. Einstein.
- “Innovators are inevitably controversial.” – Eva Le Gallienne
- “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt
- “No obstacle is so big that one person with determination can’t make a difference.” – Jay Samit
Even in a team of people that are creative and have the guts to innovate, there is one thing that can ruin everything: ego play. All creative ideas and innovation plans should be team owned and not be associated with a single team member. Tools like De Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” can help you to create a parallel mind that dreams up team owned ideas during a brainstorm session.