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Google Cube

Everyone gets writer's/artist's block! This mind obstacle stifles creativity. Use the Google Cube to get inspiration and overcome the block!

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The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, where design thinking is integrated into the curriculum, used the Creative Confidence Challenge as a project in their Senior Design course. The students spent a couple of sessions looking through the Inspirations, and then interviewed someone in their family about creative confidence - a time or place when they felt creative, or solved a problem. During class, the students got into groups and synthesized the things they'd learned, looking for patterns. Fear of failure was a big theme. Then with assistance from their teacher, Lynne Nowicki, they reviewed the 5 OpenIDEO themes, selected a theme that interest them and collaboratively brainstormed on ideas. There was pretty rich brainstorming. The group that developed the Google Cube concept especially inspired me. Attached is a short video on their brainstorming session.

When you need a nudge or a good swift kick in the rear end to get you out of your writer's/artist's block, roll the Google Cube.  The sides of the cube will be updated with inspiring images from the internet.  Use the picture to get you "unstuck" by thinking about the image, write about it, create from it, or do something with the image! 

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.

The students from the Henry Ford Academy generated the Google Cube concept. I would continue working with the students to further develop the idea.

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?

Develop country or culture specific cubes?

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

I think Google would be very interested in developing this idea. Additionally would have to reach out to engineers to determine what hardware/software required.

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Great to see what these students are up to! I'm so glad they're onboard for the challenge.