Ideo CEO Sandy Speicher talks about “Constructivism” in order to solve problems.
“Constructivism” is a theory of learning, where the brain creates new mental models in order to handle new data and solve problems.
In other words, learning is a creative act.
So when you’re taking in new data, and your brain hasn’t created a new mental model to handle it yet, you are in a state of “disequilibrium”, a state of confusion.
But the inverse is also true: When you’re in a state of disequilibrium, your brain is creating new models.
So it stands to reason, if you’re in the creative or the innovation business, you need to make “disequilibrium” your friend.
Allowing yourself to be confused, to doubt yourself because there are no answers.
Not yet, anyway.