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Don't be afraid of the box!

The concept is to enter the box and feel free to express your creativity all over the glass walls without the fear of being judged. But as you enter there is a secret inside…….

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Around the age of 17 years and on wards I feel that I began to lose the creative confidence I once had, due to the pressures of finding jobs, getting into university and other social burdens. As life gets serious we begin to forget are childlike creativity and worry more about how others perceive us.

What is the concept? Who can use it? This concept can be used by college students, 6th former's and on wards. The idea is to express your creative side without being afraid of how it will be judged. By doing this inside a glass box will enable the rest of the college or 6th form to come see what has been done (like an exhibition) and possibly draw others in to take part.

Everyone will have a chance to participate inside the box, but a record will be kept to make sure the same students are not being chosen. Around 3-5 students from each form group will be given the chance to participate,and then the next month will rotate. 

What makes this idea unique is that a one way mirror will be used so that students will be able to see from the inside out, but you cannot see from the outside in. Therefore this will help boost student confidence levels without them actually being judged. There will be an option for the artwork to remain anonymous if students feel uncomfortable. The reason for creating the artwork on the glass walls is to allow the students to be care free, work alongside other students easily and to have fun!

When can the box be used? The box can be available for students to use during free periods, lunch breaks or after lesson. Groups of students will be encouraged to participate and collaboratively create a work of art which can then be exhibited at the end of every month.

What happens after the box has been filled? The students are able to showcase their work to family and friends on an enjoyable evening, which will give them a sense of achievement. Then the work can be removed for the next month of creativity can commence.

Who funds the concept? The college or 6th form will fund the concept. Non-permanent markers should be used on the glass walls so that it can be easily removed after every month.

Travelling Glass Box
The glass box could even be used as a travelling box on wheels organized by the council of the area. The box could go from one school to another every 3 to 4 days to allow them to get creative inside the box.

This would save schools spending large amounts of money on building work. The glass box would also get used to its full potential as it would be fresh and new in every school to use and explore rather than be kept at a permanent location and students getting bored of it. 
 
The idea of the travelling glass box could also be used in workplaces, park areas, town centres, outside libraries and practically anywhere for the general public to get creative. This would take away the limitation of ages using the box as anyone can have the opportunity to use it. Utensils can be supplied by the travelling box company for people to use. Once the box is filled up, pictures can be taken of all the art work at each location to be displayed at a local town hall of each borough to showcase the hidden talent that they have. The travelling box could bring community's together for a social gathering to celebrate their towns artwork.

To test this idea a prototype plastic box could be made and transported to different locations to see how the public react and interact with it. There would need to be someone looking after the box and explaining the idea to people passing by, persuading them to try it out. 

As the box is transportable it can be moved from location to location, travelling to different cities and places around the world. If the idea is a success then more could be made. 
 

*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

My idea will have an impact on people around the world as they will be able to see their works full potential without the fear of being judged in a negative way. Just by hearing about the concept of expressing yourself inside the box could lead to people interpreting the idea in their own unique way.

For example I explained my idea to my nephew who is 8 years old and he interpreted the idea into a cardboard box that you can only draw on the inside of. Once you have created your work of art inside the box you can hand it over to someone else to open which will reveal the creativity. By handing over the box to someone else will show that you have the confidence to share what you have created and are not afraid of being judged.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

Firstly we could test this idea in an empty room inside the 6th form or college. The blank walls will allow the students to create their artwork. Teachers and parents could help encourage the students to take part in the activity, emphasizing on the showcase of everyone's work at the end of every month. Parents could also help fund food and drink for the special once a month evenings which will bring everyone together.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

Social media such as Instagram and Facebook will play a large part in spreading the awareness of this unique idea. As students are unable to physically take their artwork away with them, they will be given the opportunity to photograph their work. Once posted online, the idea could inspire other 6th forms/ colleges and even schools globally to take part.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I would like some financial guidance from the OpenIDEO community. Also some other ideas on how i could test this concept.

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Photo of asif masood
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Nice it's kind of like then having this super power of being invisible .

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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That's a really cool way of describing it! Maybe to get younger students involved from primary and secondary schools I would use this kind of description.
Thanks Asif

Photo of Asif Masood
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and i love the names used is well very enticing it almost draws you it. it sure makes me wanna go inside.

Photo of Masheyat Chowdhury
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great idea, very unique and appealing!

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Thanks Mash!

Photo of Masheyat Chowdhury
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you welcome :)

Photo of Divya  Hirani
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Great stuff Risha! I love how everyone gets a chance to participate and be given permission to draw and express themselves on glass, where it can be seen by the rest of the school/college. Always helps when you've been given permission do unusual things. What if the art and design rooms looked like that? Do think it would influence more creative work in students submissions?

Photo of Muzaffer Aydemir
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Great idea Risha! I can imagen myself in a glass wall box not being seen and doing anything that comes up to my mind. This could boost the college and sixth form students creative confident as it were the time that I also felt I loss my confident too.

Photo of Jamal Husbands
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Cool idea to express yourself in a box. Great way to not worry about your surroundings and to just have fun.

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Exactly that! Thanks Jamal

Photo of Juan Aznar
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I love this idea! Over all i love what makes it unique, the thing that it is also possible to see the art work from the inside. It makes it anonymous if is wanted and also makes people curious about discovering what is inside.

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Thanks Juan, it could be quite mysterious in a way. And the opportunity to remain anonymous is great for shy people.

Photo of Maroun Jawiche
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cool idea as you can learn more about what your peers are interested in where this is info is not really openly expressed with normal school socialising, like this a lot !

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Thanks Maroun!

Photo of Imrat Singh Matharoo
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Risha this is a great idea!
It gives a platform to people who want to display their work but are too shy. It gives how you said; a way... "to express your creative side without being afraid of how it will be judged". and for them to be anonymous would be cool, so they hear people say that their work is great and this would make the happy, and boost their creative confidence.

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That's exactly what I was aiming for! Being able to remain anonymous until you feel confident enough to come forward and tell everyone that this is your work....
Thanks Imrat

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This is a great idea. I had a similar idea, but this has a much higher level of detail in to it. Having a blank slate allows the mind to begin creating on it's own, so having an entire room that our mind can use as a canvas opens up so many more opportunities for creativity!

I could imagine coming in to the box on a down day and just letting myself release stress by painting my thoughts and emotions onto the walls that surround me. This is where creativity flows

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Great minds! That's exactly what this concept was leading towards, letting loose and just forgetting about the rest of your surroundings.
Thanks Daniel

Photo of Jonathan Calvert
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Great Idea Risha! I like the one way mirror idea so the students inside the box can really express there creative side without being judged. Maybe some students could also use this place to sing?
Well done!!

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Yes that's a good point. The box could be used for all types of creativity such as singing or dancing. This is really boost the confidence of students that love to perform but are shy.
Thanks Jonathan

Photo of Francesco Padulo
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I absolutely love the glass idea: it makes things interesting and I believe drawing on a glass wall is more fun and doing it on a piece of paper.
But what are the student drawing? why don't you introduce "themes" or "key words"?
Well done Risha!

Photo of Francesco Padulo
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*than doing it on a piece of paper.
*students

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Thanks Francesco! I did think about introducing themes into the concept but the idea is to be free to do what you feel like. Restricting people from doing what feels natural could hinder the process of confidence building. I want people to express themselves in every way and not feel pressured into creating something they are forced to do.

Photo of Francesco Padulo
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Thank you for your explanation Risha!
Really good idea again!

Photo of Jason Tse
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A simple yet effective idea Risha!
I really like the one way mirror. Young people especially those in secondary school lack confidence and are often scared of judgement.
How about bringing this idea into a public environment such as a restaurant or play area?
good stuff!

Photo of Yin San T
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That's a very interesting idea Risha! I like how it makes you feel 'invisible' once you enter the box - this would really help students get over the fear of being judged. Have you thought about incorporating this idea to those who are not in school? Where else can this be set up to allow more people to participate? Nice work!

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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Thanks Yin San, I haven't actually thought about incorporating this idea into any other places. But the concept could be put into certain work environments, for example design firms or even a boring office to enhance their creative thinking. I'll definitely be thinking about other places where this concept could work.

Photo of Ayman Hanafi
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A lovely idea. It's true that as children get older, there is more emphasis on getting exams and who gets the highest grade. This brings a lot of pressure to teenagers getting into jobs and higher education. So an activity like this would be super, giving them space to prove that they are creative and in the long run boosting their confidence which also helps them to realize that there is a place and market for creativeness. It can also be done with younger children, getting them to write their names on the playground wall in their mother tongue to boost culture and confidence. Well done!

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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That's exactly what its all about. Hopefully once tested with the college students or 6th former's, the concept will gain interest from younger users as well, branching out to primary and secondary schools.
Thanks Ayman

Photo of Daniel Dowson
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the experience of being in the box would be something very unique, i can see this working for students with serious confidence issues.

Photo of Ace Masulit
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Considering a lot of young people face different problems at that age, your idea can also be a form of stress relief or imagine being use this for detention instead of being sat down in a room with nothing to do. It is almost as if like a 'naughty corner' but for young adults. Range of possibilities! Good job.

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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I like the idea of the box being used as a sense of stress relief, it would be interesting to see how students with different issues utilise the box. Maybe there could be a oppertunity for students to enter the box alone and get all their emotions out, whether its through art or just screaming as loud as they can.
Thanks Ace

Photo of Ashley Jablow
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Nice one Risha! I'm wondering: would this be something that one school would 'own', or might it be a traveling exhibition that goes from one school to another? That might be one way to defray the costs of building, storing and using it?

Photo of Risha  Parmar
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That's a really interesting idea Ashley! I will definitely take that into account. A travelling exhibition would be a great idea to gain awareness of the glass box. Then maybe once the students have tried and tested it, the colleges/6th forms could invest in one.
Thank you