innovation or insanity *

This morning, I was asked to take a survey for an online course about nanotechnology and sensors.   Perhaps my online courses are like regular schooling, I take the classes because I have an interest in it, not because I need it to advance to another degree or get a different job.   What I found interesting is they asked the following questions as part of the survey.  It was about innovative thinking.  It was when I was about 2/3 of the way through, that I realized I was answering, “strongly agree” to every question.   When I finished, there was only one question that had a “strongly disagree” answer to it.

Here were some of the questions. how would you answer?

1)    I regularly ask questions to examine the existing state of affairs.

2)    New ideas often come to me when directly observing how people interact and do things.

3)    I love to experiment to understand how things work and to create new ways of doing things.

4)    I have a network of individuals whom I trust to bring new perspectives and refine new ideas

15)  I actively search for new ideas through experimenting

16)  I have a history of taking things apart in order to reexamine them

17)  I regularly ask questions that challenge others fundamental assumptions

when you don't take time to stop for a moment and look at the difference between priorities and obligations,  you might very well look at me and say,  “He is not working hard, he is just sitting there staring at the wall. Look at all the (insert list of mindless obligations that get misconstrued as priorities that keep people “busy”) he could be doing.

the reality is, “I” am thinking.  it is actually work.


Is thinking innovation or insanity to the status quo?