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Turning Creative Confidence into an Interactive Experience

What would it look like if we could turn the contents of this book into an engaging online experience? What if this could get students one step closer to kickstarting their creative efforts?

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  • To engage younger audiences with the concepts presented in Creative Confidence
  • To make this experience as fun and engaging use as possible!

This idea visualizes how the principles and contents of Creative Confidence could be translated into an open, accessible online resource. It basically adds “user experience” to the Creative Confidence book, to create the most engaging, visual, easy-to-grasp, accessible learning experience.

Part I: Creative Confidence Principles & Activities

Imagine a clickable, interactive experience that would walk you through the main principles and activities outlined in the Creative Confidence book. The example shown above demonstrates how the chapter “Move: Creative Confidence to Go” could look like if it were made into an online experience. Students would be more encouraged to “take the first step” towards action, because this clickable experience prompt them to complete one activity, before starting another.

By making this a digital experience, students would have the option to access and explore the materials on their own time, out of their own interest, OR this resource could be introduced to students by teachers in a classroom experience. Imagine, each student could sit at their own computers, access the site online and walk through the creative confidence principles and activities at their own pace, meanwhile the teacher could be wandering the room, interacting and helping the students with any questions.

Part 2: Participate in a Challenge

The site would also have a “User Sign-In” component, which would allow each student to keep a profile, with the option of participating in a design challenge. The purpose of the challenge component would be, again, to get students one step closer to taking action. Much like the thinking behind Open IDEO, students would team up with others, and collaboratively work through the design thinking process to complete a design challenge.

If this site were being used in the student’s own time, in an at-home experience, the student would have the option to connect with other online participants to “find a team” to work through the challenge with. If the site were being used in a classroom experience, students could either “find a team” and break up into smaller groups, or they could work together as a class. To help match students with appropriate team members, students would be prompted to select which skills they are good at, which skills they would like to learn, which existing challenge they would like to work on, or whether they would like to propose a new challenge. The system would then generate appropriate teams for each challenge. If the student chose a skill they would like to improve, ideally, they would be matched with a student who identified this skill as a strength (this concept promotes the idea of mentorship, as well as the idea of a “skill share”). Once teams and challenges have been assigned, the challenge would begin and students would be walked through the design thinking process, to eventually, complete the challenge. The nature, time span, and context of the activities in the design thinking process would depend of course whether or not the students are physically working together (hands-on collaboration, time restraints) or from a distance (collaborative online efforts, negotiable timeline).

The entire purpose of the “Participate in a Challenge” Component would be to get students to start thinking, doing and making. After student have been guided through the principles of design thinking, by the end of the challenge, they would have created something to be proud of . Reflecting on the experience would in turn, build creative confidence.

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.

Talking to young people about the contents of the Creative Confidence book would give insight into which components would be of most value to include in an online interactive experience. Moreover, giving the end-users of the site the chance to come up with the design challenge itself, the timeline, and the context of activities they would be participating in.

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?

This resource would be entirely open, online, and accessible to all. Connecting users with online communities would also give students the chance to communicate and collaborate with people around the globe.

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

Curation of content for the site! Since this resource would specifically be targeting younger audiences, some content from the Creative Confidence book will be irrelevant. Aside from that detail, I would appreciate feedback from the community to assess whether this idea would work or not, or how it could be improved! I am entirely open to new ideas, suggestions, and of course, collaboration!


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What would be the motivation for kids to take the first step and open this online resource? Would this be part of a formal school project? Or would this be home/individually-initiated?

Finally, what's the age range of kids you could target? If it's high school students, could this be embedded somewhere online that those kids are already-- Twitter, maybe?

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