Curiosity and creativity – islands of innovation are not enough

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about creativity lately.  I often get asked to deliver workshops with titles that contain ‘creative’ or ‘innovative.’  This can pile on the pressure, but what does it actually all mean?
For example, it could mean using Post-It notes to make Curiosity Glasses that allow children to take on different personalities, and often involves simple yet powerfully effective ideas.  
For me though, there is one key element and therefore one key enemy of curiosity, creativity and serendipity.  It’s not SLT, Ofsted of the DfE, but the islands of innovation that don’t develop into archipelagos and then continents.  What we really want, is the Pangea of innovation.  
Let me explain.  All of the innovation that went into my last geography department, fell by the wayside when the staff left.  So the challenge is how to maintain the forward charge?  Staffrm is a great start, but I believe we need to connect the islands of innovation that exist within and between departments inside schools.
This is even more important in the current shifting landscape of knowledge.  After all, all truly great knowledge was discovered by the creative questions and curious inquiry.  Knowledge is not fixed, but develops with scientific, historical, geographical, mathematical and other forms of curiosity.  the curiosity of academics who seek to expand their continents of knowledge.  The trouble with islands of innovation is that they are isolated.  Once the key player moves on, the great ideas die.
I’ll leave you with a question: what are you doing to create continents of curiosity and creativity? 

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