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The Creative Superhero

What if we never stopped believing in our ability to become our favorite childhood superheroes? Lets bring to life a superhero that will inspire kids to unleash their Creative Superpowers!

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When I was a kid I use to be enamored with the idea of being a superhero. My childhood playmates and I use to spend countless hours dressing up as our favorite superheroes and then devise elaborate ways to role play how we could exercise our imaginary superpowers.  We would be so immersed in our personas that we would often forget that we actually could not run faster than a speeding bullet, shoot spider webs from our bodies, or have the incredible strength to lift a school bus. But what if we could? What if we had the potential to attain our most desired superpowers? What if a kid's most desired superpower is to unleash their creative potential?

Our infatuation with the genre of superheroes stems from our childhood belief that we have the ability to use our hidden potential to make a difference in the world. However, at some point we traded in our beliefs of superpowers for  more "realistic" pursuits of accepted skill sets and career paths.  At some point we boxed away our comic book heroes and looked towards historical figures in textbooks and spokesmen in the news. The role models and abilities that we had aspired to attain were traded in for skills and career paths that were deemed to be realistic.   

I want to help bring to life a superhero whose superpower is Creativity. Creativity with a capital C that is on par with the superpowers of Invisibility, Invincibility, Flight, and any other ability that we had once aspired to attain as children. Through adventures the Creative Superhero would use Creativity to overcome obstacles, save lives, and thwart naysayers who wish to regulate the world by instilling conformity and do away with the suspension of disbelief. The Creative Superhero will be a persona that will inspire and teach kids to cultivate and successfully attain their creative potentials to make a difference in the world that they are passionate about.

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.

Kids should be able to relate and grow with the character of the Creative Superhero. The stories and adventures of the superhero should be interactive and incite the children to use their imagination to help the character overcome obstacles and solve problems. Instead of delivering each adventure with a definite conclusion, we should encourage kids to submit how they would creatively resolve the dilemma at hand. A simple way to do this would be to have parents and teachers present kids with an obstacle and ask "How would you use your creative superpower to solve this?" and "What would you do with your creative superpower?"

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?

The persona of a superhero has the amazing ability to transcend ethnic and cultural boundaries.

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

What would be the best way to bring a Creative Superhero to life for kids? Comic books and cartoons use to be the most captivating way to capture a kid's attention and suspend their disbelief. With the omnipresence of Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Apps, should the Creative Superhero be brought to life through social media?

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