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CREATIVE ARMY

The ‘Creative Army’ is a club aimed to encourage creative confidence in the young and older generation, via disobeying the conventional methods of the army to obey and conform, by freedom to express and be creative.

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The club is for young people from the age of eleven upwards. This is due to the fact that young people are often influenced immensely by the older generation. Therefore there is no age limit, allowing young people the permission to be creatively confident helping them to realise its ok to be creative and break the rules sometimes  if they see older figures participating as well. Moreover giving the older generation a chance to regress.

Within any army is a set of rules and numerous  regulations, the misfit army is no exception apart from the one rule being ‘ there are no rules!’ only a pledge to be creative and have fun  as well as not being afraid to express yourself.  The club will have a variety of events and creative activities such as:

 - Assault courses ( maybe in costumes)
   being able to be in teams and build your own fort as well as
    defend it from an opposing team.
 - Arts and crafts- not being afraid to get messy
 - paint balling 
 -  tug and war
 - making stuff
Plus many more activities sharing and collaborating in teams or individual to enhance creative confidence. 

Whilst stimulating creative confidence by allowing the freedom and collaboration of the younger and older generation. The club also increases and develops young peoples communication, team working and problem solving skills conjointly encouraging creativity and confidence to flourish within young minds. In addition I believe it will provide the young and older generation an opportunity to relieve stress and keep the imagination flowing.

Who is it funded by?
It would be funded by the community, via donations and charity events. As well as possibly collaborating with companies for sponsorship. The parents and volunteers could create special events and activities to raise money for the club.


Who would run this club? 
The adults involved  would run and organise the club and events. The club could go and visit schools and try to inspire  and involve as well as informing young kids of the opportunity's available to them. There could also be a timetable so that volunteers and parents could organise when there free or not, or maybe a way for people to write down when there free and then allocate a timetable and if circumstances change they can come together negotiate altering the timetables.


What makes  the ‘ Army of misfits’ unique?
Its unique as it involves both young people and adults,  contradicting the idea of the army which is usually regimented and strict by flipping this and doing the complete opposite an army with no rules. Therefore enhancing creative confidence via fun collaborative activities.


Where would it be delivered?
It could be taken to schools, community halls and outside spaces.


Branded- could be advertised in schools, community centres, day to day leaflets and a website to increase its scale in many various Burroughs  throughout the country. This could possibly lead to end of year tournaments  between various boroughs.


When will it take place?
In the evenings twice a week 5-8pm , half terms and a summer camp and also one Sunday every month 12-4pm.

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.

To test out this concept it would be great to get a group of young people and adults and ask them their views and opinions on the idea, observing where it could be improved and what's good about the concept.

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

It would be immense help if anyone has any key points or advice to help create a second iteration of this idea adapting a more developed and refined idea as a result of this. I would also like help with financial and cost guidance to help this idea become stronger.

Evaluation results

13 evaluations so far

1. How well do you feel this idea could inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?

Really well – feels like this idea would kickstart creative confidence in young people everywhere - 38.5%

It's getting there – but it seems to need further work to really inspire creative confidence - 53.8%

I don't think this idea would significantly inspire young people's creative confidence - 7.7%

2. Does this idea have enough momentum behind it to successfully spread and scale to diverse groups of young people globally?

Absolutely – it's inspiring, engaging and I'm sure young people everywhere would be excited to participate - 38.5%

Maybe, but we'd need to figure out more details to really help this idea get adopted more widely - 23.1%

Nope, I don't see this idea having global appeal for diverse audiences of young people - 38.5%

3. Does this idea show potential for lasting impact on generations of young people and their creative confidence?

This idea seems to have staying power and could impact young people for years to come - 38.5%

I think there's potential for lasting impact but it's not totally clear what that would look like - 46.2%

It feels like this idea is more of a short-term solution that may not last into the future - 15.4%

4. Would this idea appeal to young people who are already creatively confident as well as those who are not?

Absolutely – it would be appealling and accessible to young people of all creative levels and abilities - 41.7%

Probably – but young people who don't consider themselves very creative might need a little extra support or coaching - 33.3%

Not really – this idea is really best suited for young people who already see themselves as creatively confident - 25%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

It rocked my world - 38.5%

I liked it but preferred others - 38.5%

It didn't get me overly excited - 23.1%

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brilliant explanation and drawings
love the idea

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awesome visuals and drawings as always ! :D

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Great idea, I like that it's effectively a club for anyone to join in. You don't need certain skills to join in and there are no high expectations on members when they are recruited. It's also a good idea because it's an alternative to Army/Air/Naval Cadets clubs which can seem a bit daunting to new comers because of the rules and regulations enforced on the youngsters, it takes away that element of fear so commonly used by authority figures in military environments.
Though I believe this can be a good thing for creativity in youngsters, my question is: In a place where young people will spend a lot of their time, is it right not to teach them certain personal disciplines that they may find very useful later on in life when they come to look for a career/ job? i.e. time keeping/management, punctuality, self sufficiency

Just a thought, your drawing's are brilliant!

P.S. What about a junior club for children under 11 as well? encouraging them to join the over 11's club when they are old enough, recruit them young maybe?

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Insightful feedback thank you Richard! yes I agree it's a great alternative to Army/Air/naval cadets a more free and less feared environment. Yes you have a good point no rules maybe extreme, maybe a set of loose rules that are not as strict as military rules might be a good idea I could develop into my concept.

A junior club could be possible, with different activities suitable to their age. This is a possible feature I could incorporate into my concept.

Thank you for your feedback, Its much appreciated!

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Thank's for taking my comments on board! Congrats on making the top 22! well done, it's amazing how your drawing's bring the idea to life, and the uniform page is awesome! you're really talented :)
I appreciate your comments on my page, sorry for the long reply!
What do you think of Caines arcade?

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Yeah well done for getting to the evaluation stage Megs x

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I think this is a really wicked idea.
Perhaps, what may be an even better way of funding rather than charity would be to make a "misfits bootcamp" wear parents pay for their kids to have an interactive and creative weekend. Just a thought.
Really good idea thought, lots of ways it can be developed and branded! :)

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I think this is a really wicked idea.
Perhaps, what may be an even better way of funding rather than charity would be to make a "misfits bootcamp" where parents pay for their kids to have an interactive and creative weekend. Just a thought.
Really good idea thought, lots of ways it can be developed and branded! :)

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I agree thankyou for your comment! I like your point about the funding, it might be a simple and easier way to gather the money to support the idea and I will look into maybe including this into my concept :)

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Hi Megan, love the idea! It's a really exciting way of making creativity fun for kids. Being in the army gives a natural sense of war and rivalry, but this concept transforms a negative thing into a positive and kids would not only be able to get artistic but also learn the value of team work!! Great idea! As for funding, maybe local schools could collect donations once a month or a year from parents, or local groups or churches etc, wanting to contribute to the younger generations of their own community..?? Good luck with this.
Charlotte x

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congrats!! this is a really great idea. The platform is the better place to allow people of ALL AGES (that is the thing that i like the most, because you are not only focusing in kids, you carry the idea for everyone) to learn from each other. This a big truth and the best way to learn and to gain experience (we can learn from whoever, it doesn´t matter the age or the intelligence).

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I totally agree! Thanks Belen

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I agree with Belen, we were talking about your idea, and we think is amazing! Congrats for your work.

Great visuals!

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Thank you!!

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Hi Megan. I think this idea would be terrific for a Sunday afternoon in a senior citizen home. Grandkids often come with their parents to visit their grandparents and it would be a great opportunity for a cross generational creative pow wow! In most cases the grandparents would not be able to do the extremely physical "army" activities but they could do any other creative endeavor and they will have a lifetime of perspective to bring to the table regarding breaking rules. One tends to see things differently at different stages in the lifecycle. As soon as I read your premise, of bringing adults and kids together for this, grandparents entered my head. There are other venues where grandparents and kids meet as well - not only in homes. The grandparents might live independently in a community for seniors, where there is a clubhouse for gatherings. I see these army gatherings as opportunities for great collaborations rather than a sit in a chair, meet and greet, with the kids bored and wanting to go home, or playing on their video games. Another venue to consider.
I like the new name Creative Army! Good luck with the idea!

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Hey Bettina. Wow great suggestion! It never even crossed my mind to involve grandparents.It makes so much sense in terms of their wisdom and minds bursting with experiences and contributions, and then being able to encourage all generations and bounce off each over whilst embracing creativity. Love your suggestion Thankyou!

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You are very welcome! So happy to have contributed! Can't you just see the happiness on the faces of the grandparents? as well as the kids and parents?
Will you being posting updates here when the challenge ends? I would love to hear how the Army marches on!

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Definitely! I'm totally on your wave length! Yes I will be adding the progress as it develops. :)

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Great I will check back in!
Megan I see that you are at University. I have a concept up that is geared towards teens and college students as the target users.
http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/calling-all-tripsters/ I had reached out to another OpenIdeor for some feedback early on and she recently got back to me with some interesting comments. One suggestion she had was to add a food element such as GrubwithUs to the program. Our conversation is on her thread. here:http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/concepting/engage-university-students-in-community-projects/ As a potential target user your feedback would be great. If you have a minute join in with any thoughts at my comments section.
Thanks Megan and all the best with Creative Army!!!

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Great Work Megz!

I think this is a great concept. I agree that the youth are sometimes heavily influenced by older generations. Giving them the freedom to express themselves whilst under supervision will hopefully encourage the youth to push their ideas and feelings forward.

I feel there is a real opportunity here to drive young people to not only participate in events, but perhaps engage in community enhancing activities. Transforming urban spaces through temporary physical installations (structures, murals, public assault courses etc.) would be a great way to encourage young people to create something which gets exposed to the public. In return the public would appreciate what the young people have to offer.

Anyway, its just a suggestion. I hope this was helpful :)

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Hi Jonathan, Thanks for the lovely comment! I totally agree! That's an amazing idea, which could be easily implemented in various different locations! Thanks for your great suggestion I can really see that suggestion being possible and extremely beneficial. It could even be a sort of teaser and form of advertisement for the creative army!

Thanks :)

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What you said Jonathan is right and i see creative army becoming a brand that everybody could be influenced by - it could even have national days or global like

http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover_day
http://www.iamcreative.org.uk/

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Definitely Funmi! I totally agree, this could be very possible and pontentially extremely beneficial!

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New link to the "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches" document! This one should work, fingers crossed:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_wsTrSxUjAYdEYwOGZwbDAwZ2s/edit

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Hi Mandy! Thanks for the link it's very helpful!

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You are most welcome, Megan!

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Agreed! It's totally awesome.

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Hi Megan,

Great Concept, I like the fact you have incorporated many activities to choose from. Could you add other people's activity concepts from this challenge to your list of activities?

If you need any help please feel free to let me know

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Hey Jonathan, Thank you that's an interesting point. I will have a look into combing different peoples activities, and I will be sure to let you know if there's anything specific I need help with.

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This is a very interesting idea Jonathan, incorporating the activities created in the creative confidence challenge into this concept. This would make the activities at the army of misfits very unique!
Maybe trying out a new activity every week...

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Hi,

Good idea!

Maybe you could start detecting people who already are doing these activities in a very local way. You could be a kind of curator of them in order to create the first small community of creative army.

;)

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Hey, Thanks for the comment, I'm already looking into this! :)

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Great idea, simply with involvement of different age groups makes it so much more social and encouraging. With great potential for learning from different age groups.
well done

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Thank you!

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A great concept, your visuals are amazing and illustrated clearly. I like the fact that the young people are allowed to break the rules and be creative which then allows for them to have more freedom in their creativity.

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Thank you!

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Strong and well designed concept Megan. In terms of fundraising there could be certain events organised, think of it like a funfair where the kids in the army of misfits set up the events and other people who participate in events like tug of war, paint balling etc enter these games with money? There would also be a a more creative and confident balance in doing this. So the idea is to set up events you stated the kids will do and setting them up for adults with a small entrance fee!

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Hey Seyhan, this is a great and simple idea to accumulate fundraising whilst also boosting creative confidence. Thanks for your contribution

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Great point of view! Not only that this idea tackles boosting creative confidence, but also helping other people through fundraising and/or charities. I know that specify art and crafts, but what if you push the idea further like having events such as dancing and singing, not competitions, but shows to showcase their talents? Surely, they are parts of the creative industry right? Just a suggestion.

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I agree! Great suggestion, I think it would be beneficial incorporating such activities into the system.

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Why did you decide to make this for ages 11 and up? Did you come across any research showing significant cognitional development starts after age 11?

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Hi Sneha, I looked into trying to find out what age children start to become less creatively confident, and what I found suggested that once children progressed into secondary school where things become more regimented and subjects like Maths, Science and English being the priority. The subjects like Art,Technology and Drama get pushed aside and deemed less important resulting in the majority of young people not being as creatively confident! So I decided to try nip this in the bud, and since most kids start school at the age of 11. This is why I chose eleven years.

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This is a great idea! I definitely support encouraging both innovation and creativity through arts and crafts and other projects. Just wondering, are the adults who run the workshops all volunteers? Also, I think this has the potential to expand globally--are there any plans for the in the near future, or are you focusing on more local boroughs at this point?

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Hi Priya, Thank you for your comment! No I was hoping to maybe get parents as well or have a set group of people to help motivate everyone involved, or even provide a training programme so that people who volunteered get something out of it by developing their skills and possibly leading to other jobs.

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I'm hoping to try take this global in the near future. I've just found out theres similar things already happening across the world. So the plan is to investigate how their system works, and if its possible to add to them and incorporate more creative activities

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This is a really neat idea, I love how you flip the script on what a traditional army is supposed to be. Do you think the borough system could be expanded on a global level?

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Hey Naveen.Thanks for your comment, yes I'm hoping so I've just seen there are similar things abroad. So possibly combining or learning how their system work could benefit the concept or even develop it further and make it possible to become global!

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I'm hoping to try take this global in the near future. I've just found out theres similar things already happening across the world. So the plan is to investigate how their system works, and if its possible to add to them and incorporate more creative activities.

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Awesome idea, Megan!
Has there been a prototype stage of this done yet?

Thanks!

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Hey Priyanka, Thanks! Me and my team set up an activity providing young people and adults the opportunity to be creatively confident by being able to "build their own fort" which was held within my University. This gave brilliant feedback resulting in adults regressing back to their youth as well as young people. No one wanted to participate by themselves, only in groups which gave me the idea for the "Creative Army". Not a prototype specific to the "creative Army" just as yet, but hopefully soon!

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I went to a summer camp where we had two major "tribes." Those tribes would go to "war" once per week, and the winner of the three week term had massive bragging rights the rest of the year. As one would imagine, the day of the wars were a very big deal.

The activities in the wars were wide ranging, but mostly sports based (dodgeball, racing, skills challenges etc.). Perhaps the creative army could reach out to camps across the country (and world), and help put activities in place that are fun and give youth the opportunity to grow their creative confidence while they compete. This could help reduce the funds required to reach out to a large number of young people (as camps and organizations have a way to deliver already), as well as provide a source of income (through a consulting role), that can help spread the idea even further.

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Hey Daniel, this is great to hear! I had no idea something like this existed,sounds like " the day of the wars" is one hectic and exciting day! I agree this is a brilliant idea, a way to save money on funding and is an easily implementable way to try out the various activities outlined for the "Creative Army".

Thank you for your insightful comment.

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Great platform to allow people of all ages to learn from each other!

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Thank you, William!

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Like all the different ways to create. How will your execute the projects or what format will they be in? Great idea!

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Hey Alina, Thank you! My aim is to try gather a group of people and organise a set of fun and creative activities for them to take part in.I would then record how they feel and what they would want from a club like this, regarding what times would most people find convenient and so on. Thank you for your comment.

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Loving the name update & new visuals, guys! Also the incentivising through badges – fab idea to reward teamwork! Have you had the chance to try any aspect of this idea out with potential end users? We're excited to hear what you learnt if you have.

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Hey Meena, The only way I've been able to test this idea out, is from a test of creative confidence me and my team carried out at the beginning of the challenge. The challenge was to "build your own fort" we carried this out in and around our University, observing young people and adults reactions to building their own fort. Me and the rest of my team provided numerous boxes and asked people to build whatever they like and had challenges such as who can build the prettiest and the tallest in the fastest time. We had amazing results getting people of all ages excited and adults regressing back to their youth.We recorded how they found the experience via questionnaires.

This is what inspired me for this concept, the feedback demonstrated that no one was creatively confident enough to have a go by themselves but as a team nothing would hold them back. Therefore I created a system providing an opportunity for both young people and adults the chance to take part in fun, creative activities such as these and becoming creatively confident and being apart of the "Creative Army"

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Hi Megan,

Congrats on the fantastic submission!

I just wanted to let you know that I created a document, which could be called Volume I, regarding grants. I've been having a difficult time posting it/uploading the google doc but I do have a link on my profile page for: "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches".

You should be able to access the link on my profile though I believe it brings you to my google drive. . .but it's there for you to peruse! Hopefully, it will help you secure some funding for your awesome program!

Best,
Mandy

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Great work Megan you've come a long way with your visuals, costumes etc. I think this concept could really work. Maybe you could consider going to a local community centre to find out how much staff are paid (if applicable) and how many hours they usually work, if this is done then I feel you would have a better strong hold on how effectively the project will run. Also you could look at what outside benifits there are for volunteers
for example: related job opportunities in the area, child care courses (maybe at a discounted price depending on the amount of hours they have put into the misfits program) etc
This could be a great way to get more people involved with the misfits program which could also help you get more funding if the borough views it as an ongoing community help system.
I hope this was helpful, keep up the good work :)

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I agree with what Odeashea said!

First off, great work Megan! Amazing idea! Very detailed :)

Some suggestion(s):
-Have you considered creating a timetable for the organisers of the club? it may help to keep track of who is in charge for the day and availability of staff. Maybe people could assign themselves to certain days and times? It may also help in allowing them to spend some time to have fun participating in the activities as well as keeping everything organised. There could be different time slots allocated for the staff to accompany their needs :) and what number of staff may be needed for certain days, ie during summer time you may find yourself needing more staff than during term time.
-I also like the idea of advertising the club, maybe different schools/community centers/businesses' websites (who are participating) could have a link to advertise the club - so that even more people are being exposed to the club and finding out about it! It could even create conversation starters which will lead to word of mouth advertising and thus more people can be aware :)

Hope this was helpful! Keep up the good work! :)

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Thank you both for your amazing feedback! I agree with you both and will look into each of your points! Thanks again

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great idea Megan, i love it because its a community any young person could be proud about. it reminds me of blue peter/ summer uni london but more updated.. few questions...would the members of staff be volunteers? also how could the parents get more involved with the day to day activities?..could there be a bunch of parents who dedicate time to help out with things i.e bake cookies,run cooking classes or even skin care/make up workshops? or could there be a scheme where training teachers could gain work experience recognized by schools?.. lol

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I second what she said, about volunteers or what not. How can you keep the army in shape (say excited every single activities)? Perhaps, there could be a rewarding system? Not necessarily a competition, but like a party for every one? or a trip to somewhere?

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Hey guys, thanks for your insights! The members of staff would be volunteers that would help organise and create activities, Funmi your suggestion of involving and encouraging the parents to get more involved and contribute in some way is great! Ace I think that's a great idea to have a rewarding system and maybe an end of year celebration to celebrate everyone's achievements. Thanks for your comments!

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I like the idea!

I think something interesting that could help with the club's funding and financial endeavors would be to incorporate the club itself into the fundraising goals. If the children and adults actively cooperate routinely to plan and hold fundraising events and endeavors (about once every month or so), it will not only increase the club's funding, but it will also increase the club's independence and make the members feel more actively invested in the Army of Misfits.

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Hi Bryan, I agree this would be an ideal way to raise funding for the club, the club could also do this by having various creative events or activities as well to boost creative confidence! Thank you for your input its greatly appreciated.

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I think you could really benefit from promoting the festive holiday activities through this club, it's sort of the main feature of my concept that gets the most comments so it could help your concept expand. You could think about the activities young people get involved in at those times, on Halloween, Xmas, thanks giving, Easter etc
Trick or treating is a fun activity the club could expand on, just an idea

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but you sort have to be careful there richard you don't want to exclude any faith but then again you could promote all festive holidays and could teach people about other faiths but then again maybe its becoming too religious

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Hmm yeah, good point. Maybe you could have a selection of all festive holidays from all religions and give members the choice on what events they would like to get involved in, or maybe members could vote on which holidays they want to celebrate through the course of the year

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Hey Richard and John, your comments were helpful, I reckon the club could definitely benefit from participating in activities during in these festive holidays! I will look into incorporating it into the concept. Thank you!

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Hi Megan
In what way would like like to receive help in refining your concept?

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Megan, I did a prototype of the Electronster idea. During the process, I was thinking it would be a good idea to have a template / guideline that quickly lets people know how to prototype an idea. I've uploaded the template/guideline I used for the Electronster idea (very simple). Thought is people can download the guideline (which tells them what/how to prototype your idea) and prototype. Hopefully helpful.

Guideline I used: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/100096797/Prototype%20Template%20HD.pdf

Guideline Template others can use: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/100096797/Prototype%20Template%20v1.pdf

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And we were super excited to see this clip on how Hao's simple prototype went with his nephew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvoGm7ohqM&feature=youtu.be It's great to see how trying things out with real people, even a small part of a large idea, can lead to deep insights which can help grow the idea further. And how anyone in our community might get involved from their local context and contribute to our global challenge. Nice one!

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Hi Megan,

Great idea! I would suggest creating a reward system to incentivize the kids to keep on engaging in the club’s creative activities. For instance, the Boy and Girl Scouts have their famous merit badge system to motivate kids to seek out new challenges and learn new skill sets. The reward/ badge system would also a good way for kids to keep track of how many creative goals they will have accomplished throughout the course of the club.

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Good call, Shane. We're big fans of incentives and motivation mechanisms!

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Sounds like a great idea, looking into incorporating this into the concept!

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yes I agree! a reward/badge system will make the concept stronger!

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Your title and sketch portray your concept perfectly. Your times for participating are also chosen well and the fact that there are no rules just encourages the motivation for creativity i love it.

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Hey Christos, thank you for your comment!

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Megan, I plan to provide another Field Note update on all the Refinement ideas by Sunday (Dec 1). Let me know by Saturday 6 pm EST USA if there is anything you want me to highlight to help progress your concept. Any prototypes completed, any assistance needed, any breakthroughs or anything you want to highlight. You can provide me video or text. I will consolidate. Thanks in advance.

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The idea is great although the language used would seem to reinforce that these children are 'mis-fitted' to a world they are not included into. Im sure with a little concentration on the naming would prove to be beneficial and take the idea into a place which makes the participants and the club aspirational.

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I agree, thank you for your comment. I'm currently looking into modifying the name :)

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i love this idea in regards to Richards comment about this being an alternative to army/cadets club, you could incorporate the cubs/scouts badge system as a way to improve branding and even help reward your members for their contribution to your activities

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Hey John, I agree that's a great idea to provide an incentive and combine already proven to work systems to encourage people to be creatively confident and have something to show for their achievements. Thanks for the great feedback!

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hey there great idea! do you think we could colab a bit?

heres my idea if youd like to take a look?

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/the-5-senses-project/

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Hey Daniel, sure ill have a look :)

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Megan, your concept is highlighted in this week's Field Note

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-10/

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Way to go, Megan, on your Top 22 idea. We loved the spirit, fun and camaraderie that your idea suggests – we had visions of young, creative kids running through the streets! During Refinement, we hope you'll keep building out the idea and consider perhaps how this Army might get piloted in one community or in one school – what might that look like? Are there any steps you could take in your own community to try it out? One other bit of feedback we have: would you ever consider changing the name of the Army to something other than 'misfits'? We understand your thinking behind it, but ultimately creative confidence is something we want to go mainstream, rather than being for outcasts. How might you keep that spirit of misfit but perhaps with a more inclusive, positive name? For more tips for this Refinement phase, check out http://ideo.pn/cc-refinetips and catch our Lowdown on Refinement at http://bit.ly/oi_refine

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That's amazing! Thank you! Yes I will look into your suggestions and will be devloping and refining this concept further from your insightful feedback.

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Megan, my name is Hao Dinh, the Challenge Community Champion. Congrats on being shortlisted. So many good ideas thus I want to make it easy for folks to quickly educate themselves on the ideas so they can focus on helping refine the concepts.

Can you provide me an elevator speech of your idea, maximum 10 seconds audio/video. Or you can reply to my post with text. I plan to consolidate the elevator speeches into one Field Note. (Field Notes are weekly challenge updates)

My thought is to provide you an opportunity to hype up your concept, ask for whatever assistance you need or provide suggestions on how to prototype your idea.

Much appreciated if I can get your elevator speech by Friday (November 22) 11 pm EST USA.

Thank you in advance,
Hao

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The 'Army of misfits' is a community that praises uniqueness and provides both the young and the older generation an opportunity to express, collaborate and come together in unison and be creatively confident on many levels. I really believe that when you are young you are tremendously infulenced by adults as well as adults can benefit from the raw thriving imagination of kids. Moreover I would love to see this concept realised and possibly implemented so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Awesome, thanks Megan!

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Hello Megan Harley I like your idea, I found it interesting that if they use certain forms of'' games "that make the interaction between people and it inspires creative confidence and also increases the" intellectual baggage "and learn about all new cultures (younger and older). Such an idea is developed that can help many people. Congratulations beautiful idea!

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Hey Gabriel, Thank you for your kind feedback :)

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Hi Mansi, Thanks for your input, that's an interesting suggestion.I believe a collaboration of certain aspects of these two concepts could be developed into something quiet powerful!

Thank you for your suggestion

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Hey Megan, Have you considered combining this concept with Arjan's concept? http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/from-the-land-of-creativity/

In fact I think this could be like one of the "Creative guilds" he mentions.

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Hi Megan,

I like your contradiction "Army of misfits", but may be it can be combined with some Internet & social stuff, like follow up home kids & parents sessions with sharing resutls in modern social way ?

Basically we will like also to feed such similar ideas and their implementations as part of Visualllab city ruin REVITALIZATIONs:

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/visualllab.net-network-of-next-generation-creativity-research-centres-for-upcomming-digital-kids/

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/revitalize-create-a-comunity-art-lab-or-sudio-from-suitable-ruin-near-you/

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Hi Rudolf, thank you for your insight, I totally agree this could be a very interesting approach to strengthening and reinforcing this concept to make it more iterative via an on-line feature!

Both these concepts look amazing and well thought through, incorporating the features of the "Army of misfits" I think would have major benefits and great outcomes.

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Love your idea megan, this will really help bring people together and inspire creative confidence. Maybe you could look at other community organisations to find out in more detail the costs of the activities per young person to gather a greater understanding of how sustainable your concept will be in the long run & how many donations etc you will need throughout the year. Great work! :)

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TThanks for your comment Odeshea! I agree a great way to help strengthen and develop my project would be to research and observe other community organisations in hope of a better understanding of funding. Thanks again :)

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lol love the name and like many others have said the fact of no rules is great!

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Thank you, Daniel

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The concept of no rules is great. It will really resonate with kids and help harbour their creativity. As kids grow up they are faced with so many rules which can impede their creativity where it should be nurtured at that age. The Army of Misfits is a great concept!

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Thank you, I agree

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Really nice! Maybe you can think a bit in more detail where and how do you want the club meetings to take place. Is that rather school club after regular classes or neighbours/social comunity club? How long will the meeting take? Until everyone will be tired? Will that take place evenings, weekends or school hours? Hope that can help you a bit... good luck!

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Thank you Julia, That's an interesting point you've highlighted, I think it's essential that I develop my concept in terms of where the club is. Thank you for your input :)

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You've inspired me:

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/arduino-army-an-after-school-program/

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That's great to know! :)

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Really solid idea with clear direction.
I support the idea of the "camp" moving from one place to another inspiring other young people across the nation. If this succeeds and gains vast interest, it could be an international thing to and other young people could gather in 1 country to learn about each other!

The list of activities looks like a whole lot of fun ^^ paintballing especially!

Great stuff

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Thanks Jason, for your feedback :)

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Congrats on this post being today's onsite Featured Idea!

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I love this idea Megan! Beautiful the mix between art, creativity and the way you look at the concept of "war".
Why don't you introduce uniforms?! This will definitely keep the interesting up!
Well done!

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Thank you Francesco! I agree designing a uniform would make the concept more appealing, and enhance the identity of the club! thanks for your input :)

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Though the brief says 'young people', I like that your idea incorporates adult as well. When I read your idea, what comes to my mind is what if there is a different leader each week or each challenge. Imagine a week when the duties are reversed - the adults are the 'misfit soldiers' and the children are the 'general misfits'. That would be so fun!

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Thanks for your feedback! This is a really interesting point, I agree entirely I think this would be a great feature to incorporate into my concept, I think having the duties reversed would be a fun experience for everyone!

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I love all of the games that you have come up with!
AMAZING IDEA!
well done!

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Thank you Sam! :)

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Nice Idea
funding can come mainly not charity but sponsorship companies.

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Thank you, yes that's a possible option :)

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I love this concept Megan! I love your quirky title and illustration, its very eye catching it caught my eye. I like the fact you've incorporated both young people and the older generation in this idea. I believe its very important to include both generations when it comes to creative confidence as they can both learn/influence each other.

Your system diagram communicated your idea excellently its much easier to understand than long paragraphs of text, I often use a system diagram to communicate my ideas!

As a parent I know that is hard to always find time for these things but I'm sure my son and I would be interested in going every other weekend, he loves to get messy and get outside I can really see me going with him and taking part in such activities. It would really boost both of our creative confidence!

In terms of funding, I would suggest getting yourself out there such as billboards, leaflets websites and ask a group of school kids for example to take part in maybe a test run and bring their parents along and see what happens. I have no doubt a majority of people would love it!

Lovely concept with a lot of thought, good luck with the rest of the challenge. :)

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Thank you so much for your comment! I totally agree the involvement of both adults and young people is a great way to build creative confidence via a variety of fun activities.

I agree about your point on funding, the best way to see whether this concept will work is to get out there and test it and advertise it to see whether parents would pay a small fee to take part. Thanks again for your insight :)

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Lovely idea Megan, I like the idea of having no rules. This allows people young and old to have freedom to express themselves and to have fun. Maybe to test out the system, The Army of Misfits could go to schools and make their club aware to everyone? Maybe doing a 1 hour teaser session during p.e?

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Thanks Risha, this sounds like a simple but informative method to test out the concept thanks for the suggestion :)

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Beautiful system diagram, plenty to learn from you!

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Thankyou :)

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Love the gentle subversiveness of this – and can imagine kids would too. We're excited that you're going to reach out to folks to help build the idea out. And your illustrations are awesome!

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Thankyou Meena :)