What is an Innovation Co-crafter?
An Innovation Co-Crafter is a Simpleton, Scientist and Saint – who starts along with people in a system (experienced domain experts) to reach to the SOUL of the system. He starts every time as a simpleton – then he becomes a scientist and finally achieves sainthood – reaching and delivering a wisdom of the system to effect change that is needed – making the system as close to Ideal as is possible. In this journey – he creates systemic change along with people in the system.
Every time the co-crafter starts as a simpleton who has multiple lenses to view reality and many times creates new lenses to look at reality – during these adventures in wonderland he behaves like a scientist – experimenting, exploring, understanding through the steps of SOUL – See, Observe, Understand and Live – after the simpleton has reached to the SOUL of the system, he starts the change process needed – a change that impacts all around him. Slowly the wisdom gleaned from this becomes the new change that the system needed and experts start developing their expertise in the new change!
A co-crafter is a simpleton who becomes a scientist and then achieves sainthood by working with a system and the people in the system to make the system as close to an ideal system as is possible – He has to be humble, has to accept that he doesn’t know and actually need to reach the SOUL of the system by learning to See, Observe, Understand and Live (SOUL) the system. Achieving Sainthood from being a simpleton every time is a learning process!
A co-crafter takes the organization that he works with to the Simplicity on the other side of complexity – one has to go through complexity. This side of simplicity will keep us simpletons – I hope you can connect with being Simpleton as this side of complexity – being a Saint is on other side of complexity and exploring complexity is being a scientist!
The co-crafter takes the system through a journey of simplicity from this side of complexity to the other side of complexity, breaking and many times shattering the mountains of complexity!
Learning is the Key
Complex Learning Happens in an environment of High Challenge Low Threat through Immersion in multiple authentic experiences and then active processing of these experiences to glean meaning – The Innovation co-crafter focuses on the above three for all “creative learners”
What is needed is an approach that is less control more creation, less management more on-its-own, less of post-facto data analysis, more of empiricism and experimentation – less of hierarchies more of networks, less of pyramidal thinking more of all-inclusive thinking.
We have to wake up to the fact that world is self-organizing!
Innovation Co-Crafter is a continuous learner and thereby becomes a continuous creator. This is in stark contrast to continuous improvement initiatives that many different frameworks suggest.
Improvement indicates an existence of a system. Creation can be without any system in place as well.
Navneet Bhushan (Navneet) is a founder director of CRAFITTI CONSULTING (www.crafitti.com) – an Innovation and Intellectual Property Consulting firm focused on co-crafting Innovation in global enterprises. He is the winner of Indira India Innovation award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership for 2012. He is the principal author of Strategic Decision Making- Applying the Analytic Hierarchy Process published by Springer-Verlag, UK, as part of the Decision Engineering Series. Read Navneet Bhushan Profile. Read Navneet Bhushan Columns.