What Is Innovation? | Tina Zita | TEDxSacredHeartCHS



so when you hear the question of what is innovation what comes to mind I think a lot of times when I think of it I think of that fancy white robot that are and all the tech shows that talk to you maybe it's a VR headset that lets you go on adventures in your PJs on your couch or maybe it's something as old-school as a light bulb I realized though when I asked myself what is innovation I didn't really have a clear sense of what it meant to me I knew I used it in phrases and terms because it kind of sounded cool and people said I needed to be innovative or I heard people mentioning it over time but really I didn't have a understanding to myself what innovation was so I did what we all do when we have a question you go to Google type in define innovation and that definition we heard this morning came up that action or process of innovating the idea of coming up with a new idea method or product see to me innovation was these grand moments it was that little cool blue robot I got to play with with little kids that I could control from an iPad it was going to the Digi play space at Bell Lightbox and moving my arms and seeing paint being Illustrated on a screen it was at the X when you have all those amazing concoctions like deep fried cheesecake or poutine balls the problem was really seeing innovation that way was I couldn't see myself in that innovation I was not going to have a scientific discovery like you just heard from dr. pedina I was not going to invent that new next technology so if I wanted to be an innovator where could I find myself really in that and that really it's kind of funny how things always happen at just that right time a friend had shared a YouTube clip with me of the late night show with Stephen Colbert and he had a professor of mathematics and physics on Brian Greene and Brian Greene was sharing a little bit about Einstein's theory of relativity I'm not the best science person so he was doing it in plain language that we all understand with cool little props but there was this moment that really caught my attention he started talking about Einsteins journey and he talks about a moment where Einstein had ten years between two of his main discoveries that we know about ten years when you read them in the textbooks you hear innovation Einstein you don't hear about that ten ten years of questioning pondering reflecting ten years that he was so passionate about a topic that he was willing to stick with it and suddenly I could see myself in that I could see myself on this journey of innovation I could see myself wanting to change wanting to have an impact wanting to make that difference I could see myself in that definition maybe innovation was more about the journey than it was about that in a product maybe it was a combination of both and I definitely had passions and curiosities I could see wanting to innovate within my education so whether I work with four-year-olds or 84 year olds the cool part of my job I get to try new ideas all the time I get to challenge what learning looks like for professionals we get to have Twitter chats and we get to have explorations I get to challenge what learning looks like in the classroom and I definitely had those curiosities I didn't just see it in my education though I also saw it with photography now please don't check out my Instagram feed and challenge me on this I know that my photography may not be as innovative as some of the professional photographers out there but I could see my passion for photography really leading me to try new things and to explore new avenues and I just didn't see that for myself I saw it for my brothers whether it was my youngest brother with his music and his songwriting and trying new ideas whether it was my middle brother yes I have three that was exploring with sports and trying new processes or if it was my older brother that was looking at design whether it was from building houses to designing tattoos they all had these passions and curiosities that were really driving them forward suddenly I could see myself in that definition of innovation I could really see myself exploring what the possibilities are along the journey though I realized there was some big lessons to be had you come to that realization that you're an innovator and then you go now what so what kind of moment in the first moment that I had to tackle with was understanding that the small moments count right we talked about that Einstein journey was the 10 years it's hard to really just depend on those big moments and celebrate those big moments we were talking about today even an event like Ted there were probably hundreds of different small successes that they've had along the way that have led to today those are small successes that many different people have had and sometimes it seems silly I was doing a hand-lettering project and I finally got this D right and I was super stoked that I finally got that right shape to that letter D and people probably would laugh at me to say that I celebrated that small moment but that small moment told me I was on the past that small moment told me that I was learning and that I had a new adventure in front of me I think for me one of the big ideas is that idea that there's sparks all around I don't know if anybody's been to Barcelona and seeing gaudi's really cool homes and creations it was an aha moment when I saw his work and its really all just mashed up tea cups and plates how did he have that spark that made him sink Hey I'm gonna go take some plates and cups and smash them up and plaster them on buildings and one day people are gonna come and spend thousands of dollars to see these what sparked that journey what sparked that innovation more than anything what sparked gaudi's passion and curiosity about conserving energy and thinking of that before any of us really tackled that I think one of those pieces is really the connections that idea of conversations starting that exploration sometimes for me those conversations I've been face-to-face it's a coffee with a friend at Starbucks where they challenge and they provoke my thinking maybe sometimes it's a brainstorming session when you come up with so many cool ideas there's at least one that you can follow with I think for me though what's really cool is seeing the possibilities with technology and social media the opportunity I can see an app that somebody's used in Singapore and use it in a classroom the next day the idea that somebody can tell me about a project from Italy and the next day we can have a classroom participating I think to me it really saw the power in it when I participated in a hundred state project last year so like I said I do like photography I'm not always great at taking the time to get into it so I had finished my Master's on the Monday and the next day I opened up my Instagram feed to see Elena's tree house and she had this post about the hundreds day project it seems simple la Luna I started up innovator artists had created this challenge with some colleagues about doing something every day and sharing it on Instagram with a hashtag and as I started getting into photography I realized how much I learned from just taking that daily practice of engaging in that creative process but I also realized how much I was receiving from connecting with folks on that hashtag I could click on that hashtag and see a graphic designer a watercolor artist a pianist and see all of their work inspired what I was doing at the moment better yet was I had a group that I kind of roped along for the journey so had four or five friends that decided to do it with me all hundred days it was a long trek and on those days where I was feeling like I didn't know what I was going to take a picture of the next day they challenged me to think outside the box they gave me criticism they gave me feedback that really helped guide me along that path the other idea is that innovation really doesn't always start as a brand new concept we all see our fancy smartphones and it's hard to believe that at one point they had those dial-up phones that your grandma may still have in our house it seems like a completely new product but really it's been iterations and innovations over time Mark Ronson has a great TED talk about remix thing and he said really remix is taking something you love and building on it I could see that with my grandpa so my grandfather came from Italy and moved from this big village and farming to a little parcel of land in Toronto and you may not think that's really innovation or remixes and strategies that he had for a big field and now apply them to a postage stamp back yard where you could barely fit a kiddie pool somehow he had every vegetable you can imagine with trees growing three fruits and in that moment he remixed what his understanding was what he knew from before and made it work for the situation he had a lot of times that is innovation it's hitting those roadblocks or hitting those concepts that you can't push forward and finding a new path or a new idea I think the hardest lesson for me is taking a pause like I like to be busy and I have my phone on me at every second it's kind of crazy that it's not with me right this minute and I get stuck in that cycle you get up you go to work you go to school you go home you could work you go to bed and it just keeps on going and I really was challenged last year of the importance of taking that pause because I realized all those wonderful sparks happen around those people those readings those conversations I didn't really notice them unless I did stop and reflect so for me that means I put on my earbuds I walk down to the lake and I just walked till my brain starts thinking and sparking and flowing we all each have our own pause but that pause is essential as we move forward I think most importantly it's just to remember that there's sparks all around you you have friends you have educators teachers you have books you have videos all these possibilities that can really force us to take that spark and go on this amazing journey but more so than not it's realizing that we all have the potential to be an innovator we all have that opportunity to seek out sparks we all have the chance to celebrate those small moments and embark on a journey that won't just affect change for us but for the people around us thanks

4 Comments

  1. Carla Brenes said:

    Congratulations.

    May 23, 2019
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  2. Jason Bourne said:

    There's no point innovating products for the new or next generation through the internet it's just being set up for it to get taken from you. Understanding how the dot's were connect throughout doesn't hold weight in your life. If you have innovated a new product or rewritten a old method. It still should be classified as yours. As you where in that moment to see the crack in the image. For me taking breaks in what could potentially help our civilisation transcends boundaries far than expected. The world needs to pay the people that have sparked so much and secured so much. Standing testament in my life as you can tell from my name was no coincidence. Being branded from birth to tackle a on going issue in Hollywood. Looking back on my life it seems either I was being set up or successful. Now it feels like there's no point in life, Now that the innovations been taken & laws been changed around what I created. Makes me not even want to try again to be honest, Because everyone come's with their hands out claiming stuff they clearly weren't in the position to manifest. Law of reflection.

    All1ne

    May 23, 2019
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  3. reginald uttah said:

    what happens when the condom rips

    May 23, 2019
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  4. Manolis Trg said:

    First✌

    May 23, 2019
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