Sitting on the balcony of Onno’s apartment in Delft, looking in two directions. Inside, Onno and his partners are working on their App. – “Ding Dong”. They have signed the contracts with their investors In Berlin and will move there soon. We have talked about the culture of the “Start-Up” – just such a different approach to the traditional heirarchical institutionalised approach. It’s fluid, open and what matters is getting something innovative ‘out there’ as soon as possible – even if the main idea needs to have some work done on it later. Failure is learning. The idea is what counts.
In the other direction we have the huge 10 year underground development in Delft, which divides the city, both physically and also politically. MoTiv are chaplains to the development. Among other things this means encouraging the churches to invite key planners to talk about their plans in the churches – to share their hopes and dreams and so for the churches to embrace the innovators and affirm the spirituality of innovation.
Careful, methodical planning is evident in the construction site – nothing is left to chance. The culture of engineering values not only imagination and creativity, but must bring those hopes to physical reality. I have watched the careful erection of the large red steel structure that sits perfectly in place; it must be immensely satisfying for the architects and engineers to now see it bolted into position.
So, on both sides of me, I have innovation being enacted. I suspect that the spirituality of both sides has similar elements. But I think we can say that ‘command and control’ authoritarianism is either dead or at least transformed to a more open approach. ‘Closed’ is helpful to get things done in an agreed way, ‘Open’ is the space where imagination roams free.