Take a look around your office. What does it inspire- productivity, social collaboration, positivity, efficiency? What if instead of looking at the 3 walls of your cubicle every day, you looked out at a lagoon complete with a waterfall? What would that inspire?
For George Davison and the 250 employees of Davison, the environment is key to their creative thinking. Davison has created over 900 products seen in stores worldwide. They have invented everything from The Meatball Baker to a Portable Explosive Detector, and their products can be found at Walmart, Skymall, QVC, Sears, Cabella’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot and many more well-known stores.
While on a family trip to Disney World, George Davison realized that during the trip many of the problems he’d been struggling with in the office seemed to have new solutions when he was inspired by the world around him. He believed that the change in atmosphere made a big difference in his creative process. So, he headed back to the office and invented Inventionland!
Inventionland is the Willy Wonka of design factories. The staff don’t work in cubicles or corner offices. They work in the hull of a ship, a race car track, a castle, or a tree house. Check out these pictures from DailyMail and see more pictures from the office here.
In the book “Now You’re Thinking” the authors suggest that when presented with a difficult problem or situation “If you can, get some space or take a walk. A change in the scenery can have a tremendous impact on your ability to think through a situation.”
Just imagine if that walk/change of scenery included a “house made of a shoe” or candy inspired bungalo! Kudos to George Davison and the Inventionland creators for reminding us that sometimes to change your thinking, you must change your scenery.
Where do you go to think creatively?
Watch a timelapse video showing the building of Inventionland below.