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What’s in an axiom?

Category : Facilitation

A while back Charlie posted about our experience of meeting the founders of our methodology; Matt and Gail Taylor. In creating the unique and proven ways of working, Matt also created a number of axioms to help guide practitioners and participants.

An axiom is defined as a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true. Our axioms help us to expand our minds, to think differently and to help navigate difficult conversations. Some examples of the axioms we use while creating and working on events include:

  • Everything that someone tells you is true. They are reporting their experience of reality
  • In every adverse condition, there are hundreds of good solutions
  • To argue with someone else's experience is a waste of time. To add someone's experience to your experience, to create a new experience, is possibly valuable.

I absolutely agree with these statements; they are, to me complete true.  However, there is one axiom that really gets to me. That is:

  • Creativity is the process of eliminating options

What do you think? Do you see anything wrong with this one? Do you agree with it? Is creativity really about eliminating options?

To me, creativity is anything but eliminating options.

To me it is about creating options (the clue is surely in the name?) and I don’t think I’m the only person to think this. Wonderfully defined by Google as ‘the phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed, to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patters, relationships...’, is that really the process of eliminating options? Look at the Disney model where the creative part of the journey is all about creating options, or any other model for that matter which leaps into the realms of divergent thinking – creativity is the act of developing; creativity allows us to think of the new, unusual and different.

I have often wondered  how Matt came up with this. What was his rationale?

If you’ve got an answer I’d love to hear it.  Share your thoughts below to join the conversation. 

About the author

Anna Penrose
Anna Penrose
Anna works in the London ASE as a co-facilitator. She’s mostly got a process brain and loves helping clients find smarter solutions to their complex problems. She’s an early adopter of pretty much anything new we bring to the Centre and plays a role in keeping our marketing (including the blog!) up to date. Outside of work life is all about frequent visits back to the countryside and going anywhere and everywhere on two wheels.

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