Creativity and Innovation – A Definition



By simple definition, creativity and definition— are the two words that make the world goes around. They include a process of “change”, of which an intangible or existed idea are processed and changed. The two words does not have a fixed definition according to dictionaries, and are perceived differently according to different linguistic experts.

According to Wikipedia, creativity refers to “to the invention or origination of any new thing (a product, solution, artwork, literary work, joke, etc.) that has value. “New” may refer to the individual creator or the society or domain within which novelty occurs. “Valuable”, similarly, may be defined in a variety of ways.”, while innovation refers to ”┬áthe creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself. Innovation differs from improvement in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something different (Lat. innovare: “to change”) rather than doing the same thing better.”.

Taken from the two definitions, differences between the two contrasted on the previous existence of the idea. Creativity occurs when the idea did not exist in the first place, and was created in the process of idea creation. While innovation occurs when the idea existed already, and values are added within the existing idea, it could appear from one existing idea or more, and thus the innovated idea have its desired new values.




When compared, innovation is also a part of applied creativity. When a creativity or a creative idea is applied upon an existing idea, and thus executed to be the new idea. Creativity does not require a tangible idea, innovation however, requires a tangible idea which is a proof that the idea was already executed.




Quotes of prominent figure regarding the two topics are in the following:

Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.

– Steve Jobs

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

– Steve Jobs

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most trans-formative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

– J. K. Rowling

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.

– Edward de Bono