After spending an entire week disconnected from Lima--any sort of technology and more specifically my computer--I have to admit it was a challenge to come back to reality:
My final POL presentation is in 3 days.
Nevertheless, as much as we, as an academy, like to challenge ourselves, we've obviously had more time than thee days to complete our presentations. I have a detailed outline, and a rough presentation, enriching media, a vision and a common theme that pulls it all together:
Most importantly, I have people who give me feedback, facilitators in this trail, people who care and will help me identify the key bits that need tweaking, transforming the dirty pallet I currently have into hopefully, if I give it my all: a work of art.
Because two heads think better than one some times, this was exactly the step we had time for completing this monday morning: feedback. To say the truth, before arriving to school I was freaking out given that I knew that I would have to present what I had; How was I possibly going to speak for 30 minutes if my ideas where still floating in the air?
Thankfully, after sitting down through Augusto and Domenico's presentation I got the hang of the dynamics of the feedback session, and realised that being afraid of turning something in was entirely ABSURD. I think a week away from the Innovation Academy made me forget and confuse our purpose of creating beautiful work. Project based learning is not about submitting an assignment for an immediate grade, it's about reiterating through each step to take it to the next level.
* * it's okay to pivot and shift directionS * *
I can't stress it enough:
iterating is the only way to create true value.
We can't let our ego consume us; we're not perfect. If the greatest geniuses in innovation thought like that we'd probably still had the first cube MAC and I wouldn't be able to be typing this in my laptop.
Changing, or PIVOTING from my first product isn't a matter of failing the class or getting a low mark because I didn't hit the target at the first try, but a matter of making thursday a whole new and renovated experience than my first draft POL.