Operation Build-a-Room aims to allow children the freedom to create and design their own space to live and grow in. We want to start a movement that gives children the opportunity to build their creative confidence from Day 1,
We need to rethink the way we challenge kids growing up. I know many people, myself included, that were not inspired by coursework and routine evaluation. However, building curriculum into detailed games can change the way we inspire our youth.
Chad Jones was well on his way to living his dream of being a professional athlete, after a tragedy that would knock many down for good, he is dedicated to bring himself back from injury and shine as a star again.
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.
This is an amazing idea. I am very impressed that you could get this up and running so quickly. Once OpenIDEO completes its sponsorship of this challenge, we need to continue thinking and solving problems to innovate and spur creativity in youth. An idea like this can help continue the conversation even when the challenge is up.
I think that the answer to the challenge lies in a combination of ideas, many of which start with those posted here, and having a platform like this can provide a one stop shop filled with tools. If the idea of creative confidence were to take off, selling things like tool kits, subscriptions, and workshops/activities would be able to sustain a platform like this.
I think that the design of these kits should be focused on a goal or outcome with many different solutions. I think that if kids are presented with a goal, but are offered no specific way to tackle the challenge of getting to that goal, they will be able to apply their creativity naturally.
I think that activities like this brought out my own creativity growing up. For example, when tasked with the challenge to drop an egg off of a roof and prevent it from cracking with a random set of materials, I remember all of the submissions were all over the place. Some people made parachutes, some made padded bottoms, and some just wrapped it up with several rolls of tape. It's challenges like these that give kids a problem to solve, while allowing them the freedom to create the solution themselves.