Last time I connected a couple dots, specifically in my workplace in 2014. I worked for an NGO in Indonesia and involved as program coordinator for ‘giving-back program’. We found that there is a huge gap between youth who live in the urban areas (more access to resources, national activities, and education) and countryside. Then, we invite influencers from 33 provinces to have a national summit in the capital city, and find out, what we can do solve this problem. We tried to figure out what is the root problem. When we found that connection and communication are the two top issues, then we decided to set-up a website that enables us to communicate internal and external. Internal means, every member has an account, so communication, slow but sure, will be solved. External means collaboration opportunity with another organization, whether profit or not-for-profit organization. we connect the element of technology to solve the communication problem. Then, followed by running the massive social project in all province across Indonesia, called ‘giving back program’, which are conducted by local young people. We facilitate the leaders and influencer to do, explore and create their social project and give then a mentoring program called, ‘incubator for social changer’ in capital city once a month.
We have connected a couple of dots through this program, including local young people, experts in the capital and local, technology element, sustainable funding, social impact, local culture, the social condition in the countryside, local behavior, and many more. From here, our creativity has developed by partnering with some local and national NGO, private and government sectors. Now, our projects can be seen through this website; http://www.g-mb.org/giving-back-programs.html
However, I realized that there is always risk behind creativity. Previously, I viewed that a risk-taker and creative person will not be the same. However, after having some read in this unit, I understand that even in the implementation process of creativity, the risk is inevitable. According to Byrd & Lockwood (2003), there is a significant relationship between creativity and risk-taking (essential variables) in the innovation equation (Innovation = creativity x risk-taking). In other words, innovation only can be developed when there is a creative and brave enough to face the risk. However, it is important to have a planning before quickly decide to quit from a ‘safe zone’ that we have already comfortable with. There is a process that might be essential to be considered, before we leave the comfort zone, such as jobs or selling the property, etc. This is what explained by Ellsberg (2018) as start with a small thing continuously, getting feedback in the process to become big risk-taker.
Bigthink 2018, The necessity of creative risk taking, viewed 2 May 2018, http://bigthink.com/in-their-own-words/the-necessity-of-creative-risk-taking
Byrd, J., & Brown, P 2003, The innovation equation: Building creativity and risk taking in your organization, San Francisco, CA, Jossey Bass.
Kelso, S., & Engstrom, D 2006, The complementary nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.