Hao Dinh is our current volunteer Challenge Community Champion. You'll see him popping up across the Creative Confidence Challenge with handy tips and words of encouragement – and posting community updates here like a true champion!
We are in week 4 of the Inspiration phase and we have over 700 inspirations. Thank you OpenIDEATORS for the awesome observations, experiences and insights associated with inspiring young people to cultivate their creative confidence.
With less than two weeks before we start the Ideas phase, I wanted to see what was trending in the discussions. Below is a word cloud built from a subset of the Inspirations postings. A word cloud is a visual representation of text data where the importance of each text can be emphasized via font size. In our example, the more times a word is used in any Inspiration posting, the larger its text font.
From the word cloud, the words, “Working”, “Different”, “Unique” and “Passion”, standout. Below are Inspiration postings that are associated with these words and that I truly find motivating.
Sheba Aslam discusses how her 10-year-old cousin is working hard at overcoming dyslexia, a learning disability affecting his reading, writing and spelling skills. Sheba’s cousin doesn’t let dyslexia stop him from nurturing his creative confidence. By embracing his uniqueness, Sheba’s cousin is successfully finding ways to allow his creative juices to flow by excelling in painting and swimming.
Michael Riley observes that people are unique, particularly in how they learn. Some folks are visual learners while others absorb data via audible or physical methods. Michael believes that you can spark a person’s creative confidence by investing time in understanding and embracing that person’s learning style.
Nick Johnson highlights artwork produced by Nissim Ben Adeert. Nissim is trying to teach people that it is perfectly fine to see things differently thus there is no right or wrong interpretation of his art pieces. Nick and Nissim want to encourage people to express what they see without judgment.
Terrance Agbi is nurturing his creative confidence as he pursues his passion in life, being an entrepreneur. With limited resources available, Terrance founds creative ways to successfully start and grow his new ventures. His perseverance is fueled by his passion to be an entrepreneur.
Sinead Smyth believes teaching our young to be creatively confident starts with teaching them to be themselves. Referencing a TED video by Sir Ken Robinson, Sinead argues that enabling our children to find and follow their passions is paramount. Once kids find their desires in life, stand back and watch their creativity flow.
Jessica Kohler does an excellent job detailing her experience of letting her insecurities affect her confidence thus preventing her from pursuing her passion of being a ballerina. Now she asks, “What if…what if I could have been in the Nutcracker?” I think all of us have had moments where our lack of confidence got the best of us.
Keep up the great work posting awesome observations, experiences and insights associated with inspiring young people to cultivate their creative confidence. Looking forward to reading this week’s discussions and interacting with the community.