Collaborative Innovation: What Turns It Off And What Turns It On

Collaborative Innovation: What Turns It Off And What Turns It On

The benefit of curiosity as an orientation is that, even when beset by some of the negative influences described earlier, curiosity can incorporate even those debilitating issues as something to be curious about. A curiosity orientation can be applied to any situation with these 3 simple steps:
1. Be interested: That’s interesting! – this turns on the curious mental state.
2. Ask: What is this really all about? – acknowledges that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
3. Wonder: What can I create with this? – engaging the sense of possibility for change, growth and creativity.

As an example: In the dramatic film production, The Freedom Writers (DeVito, 2007), which is based on a true story, the film begins in the childhood years of one of the students witnessing a drive by shooting. Her voiceover tells us, “… and I saw the war for the first time.” The story follows the experiences of teacher, Erin Gruwell, in her struggles to teach English at the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California, in 1961. Minority students were bussed in from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

In a memorable scene, Gruwell draws a line on the floor and asks students who know someone who has been killed to step over the line. Every student steps across the line, except for one Caucasian boy. As Gruwell increases the number of people who they know that have been killed, many students remain across the line. Their pain and discomfort and their total lack of curiosity is obvious. Their lives are about survival, not adventure or exploration.


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Richard HillRichard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, is a practicing psychotherapist/counsellor, author, educator, and professional supervisor. He is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He speaks on the topicss of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, and the impact of curiosity on brain, behavior and well being. His recent book is with Ernest Rossi, PhD, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands, which describes a Client-Responsive Approach to therapy. He is Past-President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS); Patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists; and Managing Editor of The Science of Psychotherapy monthly magazine. He holds Masters degrees in Arts; Education; and Mind and Brain Sciences. His other books include, Choose Hope and How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy!

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