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Embracing Failure

Failure is often turned down in our society, which only promotes success and achievement. Failure is a powerful tool for improvement though, and can lead to extraordinary creative results.

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In order to foster creative confidence in children and young people, it is important to give a positive value to failure and to shift the way we culturally perceive it.
I just invite you to watch these amazing videos, and hope you'll share your own in the comments!

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DeletedUser

Turning a failure into a positive and learning from it will build the kids creatitve confidence in knowing that with failure comes great success.

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DeletedUser

This is awesome! I didn't think of the failure aspect to creative thinking, we sometimes forget that creativity comes with many success and we need to teach children that it is good and healthy to fail.

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Everyone will fail many times in his/her life. There is a Chinese saying that "Failure is the mother of success." It means that success is born from failures. If you think failure from a constructive perspective, it's not hard to think that we are closer to the success. With this kind of attitude, the person may be more confident to phrase the problem and act positively.

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DeletedUser

Ha ha - it's very Wallace and Gromit, lovely set up! I've seen similar acceptance that several 'failures' are likely before a success when kids try for the umpteenth time to move up to the next level of a computer game, but it looks far more rewarding when you've created the challenge that you're also testing.

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Carole this is just amazing - the challenge literally in action! thanks for sharing! If you've ever watched the Kid President videos, I was somehow reminded of those watching Audri's video. Audri needs his own show! I love that he was so excited about his awesomely complex contraption, explained all of the details, had a healthy outlook on how it might and might not work. The best part was the moment near the end where he realized that he had beat the odds he set! :-)

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DeletedUser

Interesting, when we see start to see failure as NEGATIVE ?

Kids during play don't perceive failure negatively :-)

PLANKS Simply toys open space for complex play, Complex toys allows only simple play!

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/inspiration/simply-toys-open-space-for-comlex-play-complex-toys-alow-only-simply-play/

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Carole, we are experimenting with prototyping visual ways of connecting similar inspirations using Pinterest – all in order to enable OpenIDEATORS to better collaborate and build on each other’s inspirations.

Your posting is part of the "Embracing Failure" Pinterest board. Check out the field note detailing the Pinterest board.

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-2/

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BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I live in Serbia and these days there is a lot of talk at the policy level on the need for entrepreneurial education in schools!!!! Of course, in Mediterranean Europe "education" is interpreted 99% of the times as "formal education": teacher from their high status and podiums and students listening to teachers. This video is educational in so many ways!!!! It is peer-to-peer (taken for granted in Anglosaxon countries...:)), it is entrepreneurial, it is creative, it is encouraging, it is scientific...It also is a great ground on which to strengthen social inclusion (not identifying failure with vulnerable categories...and building potentials for success through failures...) :)

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Carole, thank you! This is definitely some inspiration. There's just so much in that first video: knowing that the system is often quite complex and has so many variables at play, preparing for success and failure, framing the hypothesis and then observing what works, enjoying the ride, and above all - the ability to think up a new idea AND actually acting on it. I hope this always acts as a strong reminder for him to nurture his creative confidence!

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DeletedUser

Great videos; great inspiration!
Imagine the scenario that one would succeed always the very first time. The volume of information learned would be very limited: one would miss out on so many things, miss so many other facets of whatever the scenario was, that could have been encountered otherwise through failure.

As an example the second video: if the person would succeed with his wall-back-flip trick the first time (hypothetically) he would have missed out on learning about firmness of the ground, falling strategies that reduce impact, etc.

Thanks for sharing, Carole.

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DeletedUser

OMG! I'm crying. Inspiration for the day. Check! Thank you for sharing.

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

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Thanks! It's exciting to see how overwhelming the response is :)

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DeletedUser

I totally love it! it is so amazing to see how excited he is about his failures! "if you don't succeed, try again!"

Conditioning people to go after success kills all creativity and risk-taking. Failing is showing us what has not worked and we know. it is as important as knowing what works because guess what - environment changes and what works today, will most likely not work tomorrow.

amazing video!

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What is failure? what is success? I think failure is a by-product of the process. Rather than worrying about failing we should be more concerned about achieving the goal. That's what he did to succeed.

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DeletedUser

Loved it!
Mini Edison:
Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”

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DeletedUser

Had to watch again....absolutely brilliant!!!!

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fail fast !

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Rube rocks! I love how he is so excited when it didn't work and embraced the learning from his failures! Thanks for sharing Carole. Now I'm ready to start the day of promoting my failures!

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AMAZING!!!

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Have to admit – I only watched the first one – but boy, I was inspired! Love how he took failure in his stride as part of the process. So much to learn here.

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Brilliant! Never seen a kid expect lots of failures and be so excited to have only 3 before getting it right. Fantastic!