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Update/Participate: Let's Create! Children thrive when adults model creative curiosity & confidence

Parents routinely say “I can’t draw. etc.” We give adults positive creative experiences. Facilitators inspire with creative projects (art, poetry, welding…) Adults share (anonymously/virtually) with a small community for support/encouragement.

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Check out the 3 Let's Create Projects Posted below for the Refinement / Prototyping Phase and feel free to participate yourself or send the links to anyone you know who might be interested.

Here's a start - some Tangram Sandwich Projects coming in... Feel free to email yours to the link in the instructions below. And please leave comments on the Pinterest postings to offer encouragement and support to the creators of these Projects! 

And here's the start to the Side by Side Portrait Project

And the Music Muse Project

Let's Create! (Online Creative Confidence-building Experiences for Adults) are small online classes / communities of parents / adults who recognize the importance of modeling creative confidence for (their) children.It’s an easy first step to take with others who are all starting from the exact same point of creative insecurity.

Parents (or any adult who wants to participate) choose from a menu of creative endeavors: for example, drawing, comics, dance, poetry, welding, collaging, creative writing, singing, etc. to enroll in a Let's Create! community. Each Let's Create! community is limited to ~20 participants. Every member of that community then watches an inspiring video that describes a creative project* and guides the participants with specific do’s and don’ts to get them past their hesitancies. Each project has a due date by which time the participant scans and uploads their project to the Let's Create! site. Everyone’s work is anonymous and is visible only to others within that community. The facilitator and participants then provide positive feedback to each other’s work ... every member is encouraged to comment on everyone else’s work. The Let's Create community then continues with other projects.

* the creative projects are designed to help adults get past their inhibitions. For example: a drawing project might be to use line, color, shapes to convey an emotion as opposed to a representational drawing (we could use some help here… see below).


This concept was inspired by themes that emerged from discussions at both the Pratt and NYU Poly OpenIDEO meetings / OpenStorms held over the last week.


Refinement / Prototyping UPDATE: We have spoken with a range of art teachers and other who have expertise in the 'creative engagement arena.' I also got together with Rachael Barrett and Bettina Fliegel (OpenIDEO NYC members) to brainstorm ideas for prototyping Let's Create. Between all these interaction we came up with a series of projects. Rachael has agreed to prototype and idea she contributed, a community-created poem. We will post that Let's Create Community Poem Project #4 when it is completed at the end of this Refinement Phase.  We will post instructions / worksheets for the other projects below, over the next few days.  Please feel free to participate - or to forward one or more of the projects below to people you know (preferably parents / adults who interact with kids). Here is the list of the projects we are prototyping. Details / Instructions for all (similar to the one for Project 1 posted below) will be posted soon.  Thanks!!

Project 1 - Tangram Sandwich / Personalized (Parents of very young children)           Grab the instructions & try it out!

Project 2 - Parent / Child: Side by side portraits of each other on the same page

Check out the instructions and give it a go!

Project 3: Drawing to music / Drawing the music / Drawing with movement

Jump in and have some fun!

Project 4: Community Poem

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

Thinking big and bold and optimistically… Let’s Create! will be the start of a movement to embolden a generation of adults (parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles teachers and mentors…) to actively cultivate their own creative confidence in order to cultivate the creative confidence of the younger generation. My encounters during the Refinement stage have brought me face to face with the deeply ingrained creative inhibitions and insecurities of parents / adults, especially when confronted with the proposition that their actions, attitudes and behaviors had a direct impact on the creative confidence of the young people in their lives. I see this not as an obstacle, but rather as an opportunity and an imperative. In order to realize the vision of this concept I envision a 3-pronged approach: Top Down; Bottom Up; and Center Out Top Down: Anecdotally, one hears of many creatively confident young people who have a creatively confident parent or other adult in their lives. However, this idea has not been tested. To validate this concept / movement it would be very powerful to identify or sponsor research (prospective or retrospective) that tests the central hypotheses: young people are more likely to develop creative confidence if they are exposed to adults who are themselves creatively confident. For example one retrospective analysis would be to identify a group of confident 10-15 year-olds and a group of age matched individuals who are not confident and then determine with an interview if the individuals had significant contact with a creatively confident adult. Perhaps the Kelley brothers could perform this analysis on the 10-year-olds with whom they have interacted when they identified this age as the inflection point for loss of creative confidence. Bottom Up: I envision this movement starting in a very grassroots ways by parents starting small, intimate Let’s Create Creativity Confidence-building Groups (a la Mommy & Me Groups or Book Groups) for whom the Let’s Create! website is both a resource for a wide range of Projects and also a platform for sharing, supporting and encouraging each other, and the larger community of Let’s Creators. Social media and other promotional tools could be used to add momentum to this movement and to share its impact over time. Center Out: Both the Top Down and Bottom Up approaches will fuel a conversation to expand the meaning of ‘what is creativity?’ and thus what it really means to model creative confidence. If we define creative confidence as “The natural human ability to come up with breakthrough ideas combined with the courage to act on them,” it is just as important to apply this definition to all spheres of human endeavor from arts to science to communication and more. For example, imagine a child asks you “why is the center of a flame blue?” (apologies to Allen Alda / The Center for Communicating Science). You could just go to the internet and find a good video (for example: http://vimeo.com/40271657) that explains the phenomenon of oxidation / OR you could learn about oxidation yourself and come up with your own way of explaining it to your child through a puppet show or a story or drawings or experiments or other hands-on experiences that allow you to communicate creatively with the child. That’s modeling creative confidence! The sharing of these and other creative-confidence building projects, tools and ideas will be part of the Let’s Create platform and movement.

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.

If there is interest, we may try this out with some parents of young children that we know – giving them a drawing assignment and asking them to email it back to me and then I’ll share the completed drawings (anonymously – if that’s important) back to the group and collect feedback / comments … etc.

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?

Let's Create! communities could attract parents / adults from all many geographies and / or there could be Let's Create communities and experiences in different languages.

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

We could use some help thinking about what kinds of creative projects would be most helpful. Perhaps there are educators on the platform who know of specific creative projects that work well to help the uninitiated get past their insecurities.

Evaluation results

12 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 - 33.3%

It's getting there – but it seems to need further work to really inspire creative confidence - 58.3%

I don't think this idea would significantly inspire young people's creative confidence - 8.3%

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 - 8.3%

Maybe, but we'd need to figure out more details to really help this idea get adopted more widely - 75%

Nope, I don't see this idea having global appeal for diverse audiences of young people - 16.7%

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 - 33.3%

I think there's potential for lasting impact but it's not totally clear what that would look like - 58.3%

It feels like this idea is more of a short-term solution that may not last into the future - 8.3%

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 - 50%

Probably – but young people who don't consider themselves very creative might need a little extra support or coaching - 50%

Not really – this idea is really best suited for young people who already see themselves as creatively confident - 0%

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

It rocked my world - 25%

I liked it but preferred others - 50%

It didn't get me overly excited - 25%

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Attachments (3)

letscreateproject1.pdf

Let's Create Project 1: Tangram Sandwich

letscreateproject2.pdf

Let's Create Project 2: Side By Side Portraits

letscreateproject3.pdf

Let's Create Project 3: Music / Muse

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This is a great thing to share with kids and families. =D

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Moreover I think that It could work really well, and a lot of people would like to use it.

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Thanks Belen - I'm glad you like this approach. I agree that the ' all family' approach does seem to be the way to get adults involved in the creative confidence-building community. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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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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Thanks for posting Mandy. Very informative.

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I think this is a good idea because from an early age we see our parents as our role models. Thus, trying to target them to encourage creativity through different methods is key to the success of cultivation creativity. Have you thought about the idea of having other family members contribute to this and what have been the results of such activities.

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Sheba - this is a good idea. We found activities that include both the adult / parent and the child to be the best way to engage people in the platform. Reaching out to families as a unit - or at least to multiple family members is a great idea, and could be a good way to incorporate a 'social' dimension to this concept. Thanks!

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Hi Sylvia, great idea! I love that you are able to use adults as models for kids. Your prototypes are great as well. The sandwich one reminded me of my idea of having kids play with food. Since this challenge is designed to inspire creative confidence in young people, have you been able to test if there is actually a correlation between your prototypes and an increase in creativity in kids? In other words, have adults that have been participating in your activities actually passed on creativity to the youth?

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Hi Betty - Thanks for this. These are great questions. It will take some time, resources and a much larger, engaged community to answer them.

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Hi Sylvia,

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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Sylvia, congratulations on how your idea is coming along. The prototypes are awesome. I actually tried out the tangram sandwich idea myself - i didn't do too well (not sure if it was the bread or my cutting skills), but it was fun nonetheless. I've shared the idea with my cousin who's excited to try it out! And of course, your idea features in my prototype: http://vishaljodhani.wix.com/creativeconfidence

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New update posted above in response to the New Refinement question.

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Hi Sylvia. What kind of feedback have you been getting about the art projects? I am excited to hear that some of the families worked on an art piece together when they did the music project. Did any of them mention how the rhythm of the music effected how they moved their bodies/arms while they created? If you add this as a prompt to the instructions it might add another layer to their experience. Drawing, painting is a physical act. Music naturally prompts you to move your body, your arm, and this effects how you make marks. It would be great to see some of these creations. Will you post any or is it all anonymous?
If you are looking for an idea to do with older kids/teens how about a project in a box? I assisted in an art camp for a few days this summer and we did this with a group of 10 - 13 year olds. They really loved it. They used old cigar boxes and anything goes with what is cut, pasted and glued inside and outside. This can be a great side by side project for the parent and kid or even a collaboration. Perhaps they can build on each others piece so that two individual pieces then become one different thing. With the camp kids their approach varied widely. Some kids took a literal approach and made some sort of home, albeit wild ones with hammocks inside, roof top pools and rope ladders (made from straws) to get up there! (It was a 100 degree day and it really effected their imagination!) Others thought much more abstractly and created abstract works of art. One 10 y/o boy made a ramp that extended from inside over and outside the box, and a working car out of toothpicks, macaroni? bottle cap? wheels, cardboard etc. They really got into it and they helped each other! This would be a longer project, maybe one that they come back to for more than one sitting. I don't know if that is something that you want to consider at this point on your platform.
Great that you are getting the kids and parents involved!

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Hi Bettina - thanks for this. This is a great idea for a future project. I can imagine this going in lots of directions and this could well be one of them.For now we are still hoping that a few more people participate in the 3 Projects that we already posted:) Feel free to do one. It's for everyone who has interactions with children. By engaging in the Let's Create community, the hope is that any adult will be in a better position to boost any child's creative confidence.

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Also check out the Music Muse Let's Create Project Board link on the top of the concept post. Feel free to 'like,' comment etc.

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Sylvia they are terrific! Yes I can see the music! Are you excited? This is a great thing to share with kids and families.

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I came across a similar sentiment while reading reviews for Bruno Munari's books for children, such as this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Bruno-Munari-Drawing-Workshop-Series/dp/8887942765

It is quite similar in spirit to what you've suggested as well, in which he provides a 'design method' which other people can then take forward. There are quite a few examples of parents commenting how the methods provided in these books finally allowed them to overcome their fear of drawing.

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Thanks Bhargava. This is nice support for this concept. I've had similar feedback from parents who have completed some of the Projects posted above. I will detail some of these commons in an Update soon. thanks again.

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You know, I might know what that feels like. I don't have kids, but I have some very smart nephews. It is such a challange to be able to be interesting to them, because we get so used to our adult ways of perceiving and explaining. It was an absolute breakthrough for me when I managed to show him something he took an interest in : he asked me to teach him to draw, and I showed him how to make two ovals and a triangle to make a bird. And he said - its a trick! And of course, modern methods of composition by "adult" artists rely on the same trick as well.

I do graphic design for a living, and I've been finding out that the most wonderous things were told to us when we were children, but there was possibly a lack of emphasis. How many of us would think of the 3-4-5 triangle,and how wonderful it is ? They teach it to 1st graders as the first thing that they learn, but it is also what forms the basis of the design of the iphone, or anything else with a 4:3 ratio.

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Sylvia, check it out, your concept is highlighted in this week's Field Note.

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-11/

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Thanks Hao!

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Sylvia,
I love the simplicity and visual richness of the first projects that you have posted. I want to try them out, even though I don't have kids or access to them.These projects make me want to go back to being a kid and this is a great excuse.

While working with 12-16 years-old, I have found that it can be challenging to break the ice and encourage creativity. Sylvia do you have a specific age group in mind for MOOccs?

Have you thought or talked amongst your group about projects targeting teens or encouraging creative activities between parents and teens?

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Thanks for the Luisa. I'm glad you like the Projects. They are open to everyone!! The focus of this concept it to cultivate creative confidence in adults so that they can model that confidence for all children. Since you work with 12-16 years olds, the idea is that YOUR modeling creative curiosity and confidence will have a tremendous influence on their willingness to explore and take risks.

I've been telling parents / adults who are interested in this initiative "Imagine trying to teach your kids to say 'please' and 'thank you' without ever uttering those words yourself?" Meanwhile, there is a social aspect to saying 'please' and ''thank you." I'm thinking that this insight might be a key to unlocking the potential of the Let's Create idea. I will post my learning / thinking on that in the concept later… (but think Creativity Groups (a la Book Groups or Mommy & Me groups).

All that said, it is interesting that your wish is to direct this concept to teens, and certainly it could be. I'm now thinking that there could be Let's Create projects / groups / communities targeted to any age, but I agree that teens would be an important target.

Your final comment re. activities between 'parents and teens' is interesting as well. I'm learning that parents are very reluctant to complete Let's Create projects just for their own edification, but they are much more likely to get involved if it is a joint activity with their children. A few people have sent in the Music Muse Project but they interpreted it as a 'side by side' project, which is great. I see this learning as an opportunity, as well as an indication that adults really need a compelling and motivating reason to take the time to boost their own creative confidence.

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Great discussion guys!

Interesting to note on the subject of age, that IDEO's Kelley brothers, have found – through their extensive exploration on creative confidence – that the most common age where confidence is challenged and potentially lost is around 10 years old. That's not to say that teens shouldn't be a big focus – but rather that if we want to also channel energy at a key tipping point, that we might stretch back further as well.

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…and perhaps stretch forward to the parents of the 10 years as well :)

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*So* awesome seeing these first few Tangram sandwich trials :^) Now that I see these I can also imagine this exercise being used to empower older siblings and build their creative confidence through creating tangram sandwiches for younger brothers & sisters.

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Hi Sylvia. This is an awesome concept! Reminds me of Ken Robinson's TED talk and how it pervades through adulthood for many creative folks who 'have it' but lock away their spirit due to one discouraging incident or embarrassing moment.

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Another idea for amplifying creativity would be to take the anonymity and positive feedback loop aspect of your project one extra step by making it a collaborative project, whereby adults give each other feedback by building on what the original person has created - not drawing over or 'fixing' what someone has done, but by embellishing it or adding another voice/story/narrative to the person's work.

I was really inspired by this: http://busymockingbird.com/2013/10/29/animal-doodles-with-the-kid/

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Thanks Alexandra - this is inspiring. I love the idea of parents building on the work of their children or vice versa, or as you suggest, adults building on others' work. Rachael Barrett (virtual team) had the idea of having a community build a poem together with each person adding a line in sequence. She is prototyping that Project and will post the final poem here in a few week.

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Hi Sylvia and Alexandra—the idea of building upon the work or others reminds us of the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique (originally poetry-based and then later image-based). We posted a 3-D idea for the challenge here that didn't get much traction, but there might be some potential here—even for the more classic version. Not sure if this has been discussed in some related way in comments but perhaps a possible build here for a project.

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here is the link to the 3-D version FYI: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/geodesic-and-johnson-solid-exquisite-corpse/

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Hi Sylvia, it's absolutely wonderful that your team is already testing out the idea with the local community - I look forward to reading it!

Mel & Frank - I can see there is a lot of synergy between yours and Sylvia's. When I wrote that post a couple of days ago I was trying to remember where I first saw the idea. Well I found it!

"The Exquisite Book" - I absolutely fell in love when I saw it in a bookshop a few years ago. It's a collaborative art game where you have 3 players each draw the head, body, or legs of a single character but they can't see what the other two artists are drawing until the end. Sounds fun doesn't it?

http://www.amazon.com/The-Exquisite-Book-Artists-Collaborative/dp/0811870901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385709398&sr=8-1&keywords=the+exquisite+book

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thanks for the book link alexandra. a review quoting dave eggers intro to the book caught our eye. he speaks about the ways this book / exquisite corpse shows that "...however complicated, all our stories are in some way connected...(paraphrasing here). here's a thought that might be way off base as think you are more interested in more individual parent/adult-based projects: wondering about the possibility of connecting the various adult participants with a collaborative, community-building creative project, say something along the lines of the exquisite corpse. a type of creative game in which failure is simply not possible. adults would model and practice playfulness, visually thinking on your feet, and engage in creative dialogue. perhaps the resulting creations could also be slipped into their child's lunch box...

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Love it! :)

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Love the projects Sylvia! Will try the sandwich one during lunch tomorrow!

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Hopefully you might post some photos of how things go! :^)

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Sylvia, 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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Hello Hao - We posted some Let's Create Projects that we are inviting people to complete in order to participate in the Refinement / Prototyping phase. There are 3 links to the 3 individual project instructions posted. Each project includes a link to and email window for participants to send in their work… It should all be clear. Feel free to post these links on your Field Note Update. Thanks!

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Awesome thanks Sylvia!

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Sylvia, congratulations on making it to the shortlist (again)! I really like your idea and the focus on "leading by example". Parents and teachers are definite role models and children mirror behaviours and attitudes. I also like how the idea goes from awareness to action, and provides a safe community environment and baby steps to making the creative leap. In terms of creative projects, maybe the parents/ adults can suggest areas/ projects they'd like help with? Also, a good read here would be the excerpt from the Creative Confidence book (or David Kelley's TED talk) about Bandura and how he helped overcome phobias. Looking forward to the refinement phase!

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Thanks Vishal - Thanks esp. for the heads up re Bandura. I've been spending so much time on this site, I have not yet read the book. That would be a good idea!

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Great idea to chat to parents, Vishal. Though I also think you may have to draw inspiration for what activities from further afield as well. (thinking of Henry Ford's famous line: If we gave people what they wanted, it'd be faster horses ;^) Perhaps you might think widely about who to reach out to for input on activities in your own community (teachers, creatives and even young people themselves) Another aspect which is worth considering, is that creativity doesn't only exist in the realm of art, craft, design ,etc. We're fond of saying that creativity can be employed by a graphic designer, a garbage collector, a geologist or beyond. I wonder if there could be opportunities to help parents widen their lens on what constitutes as creativity? 2 rupees from me – gardening and cooking are easy avenues for many parents to explore creativity and potentially involve their kids. But I'm sure there's even ways to inject creativity into household chores as well :^) How might we help parents understand that creativity can be a pervasive force in their lives and that of their children?

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Thanks Meena - this is really great / helpful feedback. I love the idea of including cooking / garnering as possible creative confidence-building projects. I am meeting with two members of the OpenIDEO NYC community today and will post after that, but our thinking is to publicize a number of projects (here and though our own networks) for participants to choose from. One, which I came up with after I read your post, is to show parents of young children how to cut up a sandwich into the seven tangram shapes, and then have them reconfigure the pieces to create any of the over 6,000 shapes (duck, candle, baseball player etc - templates will be linked to) and then personalize their creation (a blueberry for an eyeball or whatever) and photograph their creation to send it in with a caption about their child's reaction! We are coming up with a bunch of fun projects that hopefully expand the notion of creativity beyond 'art, craft and design.' thanks again. I will try to post our refinement plan in the next day or so.

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*Love* the tangram idea! That's a fab way to push creativity beyond it's traditional realm. Can't wait to hear how prototyping goes – exciting stuff!

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Vishal: check out the projects we posted and feel free to participate and / or pass them along.

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sylvia, i think its great to enable parents who can then pass on their confidence to their children, would there be a way for you keep past assignments on a profile? as a record of your achievements?

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great idea John. For the future - your profile / portfolio cataloging increasing creative confidence. thanks

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John: check out the projects we posted and feel free to participate and / or pass them along.

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This concept is a nice way to start adults creative thinking in a sensitive way.

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Thanks John. We will be posting some prototype projects soon, so feel free to participate in this test run.

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John: check out the projects we posted and feel free to participate and / or pass them along.

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I love this concept because it focuses on the idea that creative parents beget creative children, and by improving a parent's creative confidence they will nourish their own children's creativity.

While it's not necessary that the parent's creative skillsets directly relate to their children, I think this project could be the especially successful when project opportunities filter back down to the kids. Your tangram project is a great example where the kids benefitted from the creativity. If the parents are musically inclined, perhaps they could record themselves singing to their kids at bedtime or write a song about their family; something their kids can keep and enjoy for a long time.

I'm interested to read more about how these parents model their creative confidence for their kids, and about how their newly discovered confidence filters down to their kids.

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Thanks Alaine - in the future the hope would be to explore or types of 'creativity ' / original problem solving. And I agree that we need to think about how to measure the impact (long-term) of this type of an initiative. From personal experience I believe 'a little goes a long way.'

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Alaine: check out the projects we posted and feel free to participate and / or pass them along.

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Hi, love this idea. I have so many creative things I want to do, and the safer the space (can I still draw?) the better. The project on this website really inspires me. I wonder if the added boost of gifting your project (art, poem, etc.) could add an extra boost of confidence to your online classes/communities of parents, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateAndGift/

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Thanks Tracy - great build. I like the idea of sharing creativity as part of the confidence-building process. The original idea is to 'share' the work anonymously for encouragement and support, but a) that might not be important and b) perhaps there comes time when community members will want to be identified, and further c), as you suggest, there might come a time when participants want to share their emboldened creativity with others as a gift. Thanks again for adding to this concept.

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Sylvia,

You should check out Dan Roam's Napkin Academy. It's an ingenious way of teaching adults to think visually by teaching them "How to Draw Anything."

http://www.napkinacademy.com/

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Thanks for the suggestion Shane. I will check out Napkin Academy.

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Tracy & Shane - check out the projects we posted and feel free to participate and / pass them along.

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Awesome news about the projects! I'm a bit concerned that folks won't find the instructions down the bottom of your post. I'd suggest you upload them there, then create a link right below where you mention the projects in the body text of the idea. I've used my Community Manager super powers to show you what I mean (feel free to change the text I used or delete if you're not keen on this :^) Loving the tangram instructions and we're excited to see what comes next!

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Thanks for the link Meena. Perfect. I'm not sure how you did it but I will try to figure it out when I post the one-page instructions for Project #2 & Project #3. The tangram instructions include a suggestion to photograph their creation and there is a hyperlink embedded in the document to an email address for emailing their images. If / when we get some images plan to post them on a blog or perhaps on a Pinterest board (a separate one for each project) and invite the participants to view it, etc.

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Can't wait! Super exciting. Tip: to create a link like I have – click on your PDF link at the bottom of your post, copy the link of that page, go to Update Entry, add some text like: Try It Out under one of your projects, select this text with your cursor, go up to the Rich Text Edit panel at the top of your Description in the submission form, click on the link icon, copy the link you got earlier from your PDF. Hit Publish at the bottom of you post. (it might sound complicated – but I'm sure you'll manage)

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Thanks Meena. worked like a charm!

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ok sylvia we just had to share this with you! not sure if it would work as MOOCCC but check this out just in case! parents for children but could easily see it expanding to go both ways—http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3vpa2h

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Hi Mel -this is great. I had seen this already. My daughter sent it to me last week. I loved it then but had not thought of it relative to this concept. Really great connection. Thanks. This could be a really fun way for parents to explore their creativity as well as their role as 'imagination igniters' for their children.

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I saw the dinosaurs' story... Nice one and interesting to think of reversing it.
Here is another interesting story about parents-children' collaboration: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/209880/when-an-artist-allowed-her-4-year-old-daughter-to-finish-her-drawings-something-awesome-happened/ ( shared by some of my students).

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Anne- Laure - sorry for the delay. I just saw this. Wonderful idea and thought for this challenge - having kids and parents create together! Thanks for sharing.

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Sylvia, 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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So excited to hear your updates, Sylvia! I'm liking the new name too :)

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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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Hi Daniel - I really like your idea of involving all the senses. I would love to figure out a way to collaborate. The refinement stage is pretty short and it's also a very busy time of year (Thanksgiving is this week) so we are planning to post a range of projects hoping to get parents / adults involved in a Let's Create Community (probably set up as a blog or a YouTube channel - have not figured out the logistics yet). If you have ideas for specific projects (see Meena's post above for inspiration) feel free to post them here, and when we post the projects, feel free to send it out to your networks. Once we get back this phase let's talk about other ways to collaborate. Thanks for reaching out.

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#ProTip Update your OpenIDEO profile so folks can dig who they're collaborating with. Think skills, experience, passions & wit!

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Sylvia, 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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Sylvia, sorry I meant 30 seconds not 10 seconds.

Also hints on developing a elevator speech: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-create-your-memorable-elevator-pitch-four-simple-steps/

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Sure. I can get to this this evening before your deadline. Do we post the elevator pitch here or send it to you separately? thx

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tried audio, but neither audio nor visual is very compelling. I think text is better in this case… if you can underline bold, italicize - I have suggestions…

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We routinely hear parents / adults proclaim “Oh NO! I can’t even draw a stick figure!!” or statements to that effect. We think this is a problem. We believe that parents / adults who model creative confidence will be much more effective in cultivating creatively confident children.

Let’s Create - Adult Creative Confidence-Building Experiences are small online communities designed to expose adults to a specific creative activity. Adults enroll in a community of ~20. They are then inspired by the facilitator to complete a creative project. Each member’s completed project is shared anonymously with the community for feedback, support and encouragement, before they all continue to the next project.

Let’s Create … because creatively confident parents/adults inspire creatively confident kids.

We need help identifying and presenting compelling creative projects for the first (prototype) Let's Create community of parents / adults.

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Text looks great! Thxs Sylvia

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Thanks! Very exciting! Agree, the name has to change... any ideas welcome form the OpenIDEO Community. We have been assembling a group of (creatively insecure) parents of young children to help prototype a 'concierge' version of this idea. We may also post the first 'project' on this site so members of the OpenIDEO community can participate as well. I have been talking to some art educators and others to come up with the initial project. I love the idea of involving kids, putting them in the drivers seat and / or having some of the project be either joint or in tandem. Lots to explore and prototype over the next 19 days! Thanks for the feedback.

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Hey Sylvia, congrats on being shortlisted.

I was thinking you can use YouTube to quickly prototype this idea.
Create a channel for the contest.
Have everyone send their submissions to an email address.
Open each email and upload the video submission onto Youtube. Doing it this will make everyone's work anonymous, while also using Youtube's comments section to provide feedback later on.
Finally organize each set of videos into Playlists, by Contest.

Let me know what you think.

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Hi Tony - Thanks so much for this. This is a great idea. I had been thinking of creating a blog and posting the completed projects anonymously. They'd be posted as a class / community (of ~10 or so) so that everyone could comment / support / encourage everyone else in that community. Is there an advantage to YouTUbe over a blog? I will look into it. Thanks so much for this suggestion. I'm sure I will have questions as we get to this point.

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Hi Sylvia. Congratulations! Honored to be on your team. Unbelievably my concept HipTrips was also shortlisted. ( Surprised and excited...) I would like to invite you to join me to build this idea as well. Take a look... ideas??
Are you in NYC? If yes would you like to meet to do a brainstorming session?
http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/calling-all-tripsters/
Bettina

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Hi Bettina! Congratulations! This is terrific! I will spend some time studying your concept in a bit. Absolutely, let's get together in the next few days. How about you join the NYC OpenIDEO Google Plus Group and we can connect that way (https://plus.google.com/communities/108273124582986446638)
or let me know how to reach you.Looking forward to connecting!

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Nice thinking Sylvia and NY OpenSTORMERS! I'm excited about this one, and especially eager to see how you might prototype this as you've described. Email is a really easy, lo-fi way of seeing how people participate and what support they might need. Be sure to keep us updated :)

By the way, who do you envision running these courses? Would they be peer-to-peer led? Ie: one parent could choose to design and facilitate a course for other parents? Or would it be run by an independent group – and who might that be? It might also be helpful to look at current adult education courses (online or in person) to see what we might learn about what works and what doesn't. For instance, I think about adults enrolled in night school or even english as a second language courses. What might we learn about adult students from other settings that might inform how the classes are structured?

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Hey Sylvia - great idea! Have you checked out the youth-based DIY.org? Seems like a great resource for ideas for MOOOCCS and in addition to the course ideas above I think the amazing Crucible Classes in Oakland CA ("inspiring creativity in everyone) would be another great resource in this regard: http://thecrucible.org. They may do student-parent workshops.

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oops sorry spelt the name wrong :)

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Thanks Mel -Both DIY and The Crucible are new to me. I'll check them out. I'm struggling a bit with types of projects that the community could experience individually / together, so these ideas are very welcome. Thanks.. and no problem with the MOOO vs. mOO.

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Ashley - to respond to you original comment above - we are not 100% sure yet but we were thinking Kahn Academy meets Etsy - where really passionate creative practitioners or educators lead a class / community by posting a video to explain the project and inspire the parents to jump in and have some creative fun. It's a great idea to talk to adult educators to learn about motivations and what works/doesn't work. Thanks!

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Hi Sylvia, way to go on your Top 22 idea! We were really excited about your use of online technologies and tools to support parents who want to instill creative confidence in their children. As you approach Refinement, we have a couple of tips: first, perhaps you might rethink the name? Does 'mOOCCC' convey the spirit of the program you're envisioning or might something else convey it better? Next, how might you create modules or other chances during these courses for young people to be in the driver's seat and lead activities with their parents? For example, a drawing class where a 4th grader helps her parents learn to draw? 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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Hi Sylvia. Nice idea! This approach allows busy parents to grab what they can when they can. Would it be possible to put up some work that the team itself does in areas in which they are insecure to break the ice? I wonder if adults who want to try something they have never felt confident about might feel more enabled if they see someone else's first attempts before they put themselves out there.
I have taken many night classes in NYC primarily in the visual arts, but also language classes. I might be able to help you with some ideas about class structure. Also, I would like to get involved in any NYC OpenIdeo gatherings. If you know when/where please let me know.

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Hi Bettina - Thanks so much for this. Great idea to post a project that anyone interested could post right here to prototype this idea. As I said above I am struggling a bit with what would be a good first project but it sounds like you have some good ideas. Perhaps we could collaborate on this.

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Hi Sylvia. Sure!