It means thinking outside the norm to find solutions to difficult issues.’
If you say to yourself ‘This does not make any sense!’ or ‘This is so unfair!’ you are identifying an issue to be resolved.
Just like Chips who sees the over-consumption and waste in his village, you are moved by a situation; it means that your heart is not dried up like an old potato…
It started to feel like a splinter in your toe, but now you can’t even walk. The little nagging problem is becoming bigger, crisis is looming, just like when the Monster had a potato overdose. It’s the spilled milk that makes you go overboard.
You’re so overwhelmed, you freak out. Yes, go ahead and get angry. You’re right, it really does not make any sense!
You want to take action instead of getting angry, but you don’t know what to do.
Try to think about what could give you new ideas : get informed, read books, ask questions, take a trip…. Just like Chips who gets out of his familar surroundings and seeks out the Tinkerers and learns new things! Surely someone else must have thought about the issue you identified before…
You need to find a great mentor (just like me haha) or a friend. Don’t be shy to knock on a door and ask for help. You’ll see…. your adventure will be easier when it’s shared. Even if your ally is grumpy like Zepeel, you’ll get help, I swear!
To innovate, you need to open your mind and think differently. The Chinese say ‘Think outside the box’.
I says: ‘If you’re stuck in a box, think outside of that box’, just like the Tinkerers with the peels. Your idea is the seed of change.
Like Chips finding the robot pieces, you can split up your project in 3 missions.
Convince others to get onboard. Build a community, a gang, a team ! Don’t stay in your corner, take initiative !
Think about protecting nature! You can stop waste, reduce pollution, or, like Zepeel says, if you need to cut a tree, plant two to replace it. That way, we keep earth healthy for the future children…
You can organize your community in a cooperative ? Even better! Everyone is the ‘boss’, shares the work and people vote to make decisions.
Hurry up: it’s time to try out your idea. Pitch it out there to see if it sticks.
Your robot is ready to strike the big rock… hold on to your pants because we launch in 3, 2, 1…!
Aw gosh, it doesn’t work? Heh heh! It’s pretty normal. You thought you could get it right the first time, didn’t you? Hold on tight, it’s no time to give up.
A failure is only part of learning… Grit your dentures and have another think about yout project. If your cake recipe fails, will you stop eating? Of course not, you’ll just find a better recipe. Go on, you can do it!
It’s time to reflect on what you have done so far: did you create better conditions for humans? Did you help nature? Yes? Success! If your project managed to make a bit of dough as well, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae.. You’ve achieved the perfect triangle of social economy.
Being rich is not only calculated by money. We must include human and environmental riches to be able to mesure the real ‘profit’ of a project.
Your journey is almost over. You can ask for support from the government or a company. Don’t forget to share your great idea by writing, blogging and spreading the word for others to benefit from it. You could also travel, like Chips, so others can learn about your innovation… and of course hang in there!
Innovation is a spiral: you go forward, then backwards, but you always spiral towards the top.
Innovators do not stop progressing when difficulties arise. They plow through ONE LITTLE ACT at a time, and sometimes that action triggers something so much bigger. Sometimes they have a real success in their town or country, and even beyond.
Like the old wise man said: ‘We are never certain if our actions will change things. But if we don’t do anything, we can be sure that nothing will change.’