Everyday Innovation

Welcome to the Everyday Innovation podcast. My name is Jordan Divecha, and I'm a multi-passionate creator, entrepreneur and tech founder building a resource hub and community to support creator- led innovation. If you've listened to this podcast before, you'll notice that I've taken a short hiatus I actually started this journey back at the top of the year. I was wanting to share this experimentation and exploration into the topic of innovation and how it can show up for creators, bootstrappers, solo preneurs, early founders. And in general, just us as individuals, designing our own process. I wanted to bring in my nonlinear work experience, many lives in entrepreneurial and founder roles across industries, and bring in my love for tech, systems, creativity, cognitive science, self-development to then share with the community and collaborate with fellow creators. As I dove in deeper, I felt like it was time to jump in head first and create more content, more opportunities, and invest more deeply into the long view of this community.

But before I speak to this Everyday Innovation "2.0", I want to share a little bit more about why this has become so important to me. And a part of what I feel is a beautiful and important collective vision as we move into a new chapter for us, whether it is at the community level or at the national or even worldwide.

I think that innovation is kind of misunderstood. Reserved for more of the elite, the cream of the crop, the rebels, the visionaries. It's not just about "billion dollar disruptive", "launching a rocket to the moon"- type of action. It is not representative of how innovation works or how even impact works. I find it so fascinating that we focus so much on the product, or the thing. Or the physical, a lot of these are means to an end ,when really what makes an impact is the way that we approach it. . Businesses change the way we do things as opposed to serve us a particular product. The benefit comes from the change in how we operate in life. Whether it makes it better. Whether it makes it more efficient, whether it makes it more beautiful, whatever that may be.

I am a huge fan of systems and not creating systems that are limiting. It's more I enjoy looking at the connections between- relationships- systems really are relationships. So the relationships between people, between us and tech, between tech and society, whatever they may be. It could be astrological systems. It could be anything. I love seeing what kind of value it brings into my life and what I could do to change or observe or update or better them in a way.

So when I was considering this kind of 2.0, as somebody who looks at patterns and is observing the systems in our world with fascination and curiosity, I kept getting this vision or this thought about the Butterfly Effect, which actually comes from chaos theory. That, in essence states that , whether things seem random or there is a lot of change, maybe we can't perceive the underlying patterns that they are there and that these systems are easily changed, easily malleable because there are small pieces that can affect them.

Change it itself has underlying systems and patterns as well. And it's not necessarily about knowing what the patterns are. Or having to understand. It's just knowing that change is part of the pattern, right? Change is the only constant.

The Butterfly Effect, which really speaks more to how a small change in an initial condition or a small piece of the puzzle can change everything, really brought into light, how much we look at innovation as something that has all these moving parts, but is done by these larger entities or these bigger personas and not all the time by us . The truth is that we are always creating an impact, innovation is very human.

In previous episodes, I never really defined "everyday innovation". At least not directly. . It is something that I'm still uncovering and probably will be refining over time. The heart of it really is about compound effect. Actions over time. Thinking more innovatively in your everyday situations, and how you approach the world and approach the systems at large and the systems in your daily life, are going to compound over time, whether it's at work, whether it's at home. And that understanding our process- the way we approach life, the way that we think, taking responsibility for our own impact- is game-changing.

So, to illustrate the individual work, the self- led design process, the self-development work that we can collectively take and generate massive impact, I absolutely love the metaphor of the actual butterfly process. And here's why. So we all know that the caterpillar turns into the butterfly, and that it's a strange process going into the cocoon and the chrysalis stage. It breaks down into a goo and then somehow becomes a butterfly.

Well, that somehow part is interesting. There are these imaginal cells that are part of the expired caterpillar and are working independently of one another. They have this coding, this higher vision, this change that they know is happening to break down a structure. So the caterpillar breakdown, like we would break down a system. And transform it into something new, but there's really no outside input. They're working on their own as little single- celled organisms. And as they continue to shift, and mold, and create, they begin to work together. The impact is created collectively. And that collected impact creates the butterfly. And I just feel that it's such a beautiful representation of how we are all imaginal cells in our communities, within our families, within the world.

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