“Ideas are not something you have. Ideas are something you do.” —Hugh McLeod from his blog, www.gapingvoid.com. His blog is interesting and fun. And he is always trying to sell something. Maybe I should too.
Does this fit in J. L. Moreno’s Canon of Creativity*, a process that moves from warm-up to spontaneity, to creativity, to cultural conserve? Beginning with a warm-up, a point is reached where spontaneity occurs and the idea gels. An interaction between spontaneity and creativity takes place and the two work together to produce a cultural conserve. A conserve is something other people can experience with at least one of their five senses, such as, a book, art, music, poetry, software, new teaching method, child raising, culinary delight, a new perfume, and the like.
You have probably met people who were going to write the world's great novel or paint a work of art. They may have had an idea, but the novel or painting was never produced. What good is an idea if it does not become a thing done? If you consider Moreno’s theory, McLeod has short-cut the process. Even though we can understand what McLeod was thinking in his statements, an idea is just that, a thought; it does not produce anything. According to Moreno, an idea is not something you do.
*Found in Who Shall Survive?, page 46. This, Moreno's greatest cultural conserve, can be found online at: www.ASGPP.org Click on [Library] and it will appear as the first listing on the next page.