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Creative Confidence Challenge Community Champion Update #5

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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 5 of the Inspiration phase and congratulations OpenIDEATORS on contributing over 900 awesome inspirations. Before we start the Ideas phase, I want to discuss why we should inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence. This topic was mentioned in the inspirations and below is a short video highlighting conversations, experiences, observations and insights on the subject.



Why should we inspire young people to nurture their creativity? Because doing so ...


Strengthens communities:


Bea Z highlights the New Children’s Museum in San Diego that celebrates children and the arts. The museum brings families together in a rich and educational environment that fosters creativity where kids and adults think, play and create.


Shannon Mason talks about the Odyssey Angels program that challenges people to use their unique creative problem-solving abilities to help some aspect of their community that would otherwise be overlooked. Now that’s using the power of creativity and collaboration to better society.


Sebastian Nause-Bluml discusses how Scrapertown, an inspiring project that brings together kids to customize bikes, has created a violence and drug free community and brings back hope and purpose back to many kids by focusing on school, on their natural talents and on their creativity.


Makes them happy:

People are happier when their creative juices are flowing.


Mohamed Gulaid chats about Hal Lasko who has spent the last 13 years using Microsoft Paint to digitally create works of art, spending up to 10 hours a day on his work. To Hal, creating his masterpieces in Paint is heaven.


Caroline Giegerich underscores the benefit of connecting kids with resources that can help the youth follow and nurture the things that they find most creative. She exposes us to Wishbone, a non-profit that sends low-income high school students to after school and summer programs to pursue their passions. Magnolia, who is a Wishbone participant, is extremely happy as Wishbone helps her strengthen her creative confidence as an actress.


Prepares them for future prosperity:

I highlight that according to an IBM survey of more than1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe that -- more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision -- successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.


I hope all of the OpenIDEO collaborators from around the world dedicating their time on this challenge realize the benefits of their efforts.


Great job OpenIDEATORS on the amazing inspirations. Let’s keep the momentum going as we start the Ideas phase. Can’t wait to see your ideas!

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I really enjoy reading this challenge. Some of ideas are really good to read. Yes, it is very important to inspire young people to nurture their creativity.

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