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Swany commented on From the Land of Creativity

Hi Arjan, Congratulations on been featured today. Just to let you know that I love you concept.

I was thinking about how to get the community involved in this early stage and I believe that all around the globe there are already independent efforts - groups of people working towards building creative confidence in their communities.

For example, a friend of mine in Queretaro, Mexico runs a concept called "The classroom at the factory", her mission is to bring creative workshops to pre-teens and teens to help them developed and explore their creative confidence. One of her workshops is called Be by Doing, where they help young people express creatively by painting, creative writing, theater, corporal expression, music, etc... She has been very successful and the community loves her.

Now, thinking about Maker Faire (, " the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement." They have been extremely successful in spreading the celebration of making. It has taken them years to build their momentum but communities all around the globe follow their website, magazine, blog and replicate their processes.

They organize the Wolrd Maker Faire but in smaller efforts Communities can participate with them by doing a Mini Maker Faires which are independently produced celebrations of local maker culture.

They came up with a program which provides tools and resources to help others to make a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of their community. (

What if we approach this independently run efforts (many of them small an eager to learn and collaborate) to "Certificate/Award" them as Embassies of Creativity by Open IDEO.

We will need to design some vision, planning, guidelines, and toolkits for them to apply to get this award and from there we can design so many other programs like Creative Guild Faire/Day/Week, etc.

This independent Embassies of Creativiy can upload their workshops, picutes, etc in The Connectwork and can even create shared workshops online from one side of the world to another and Ambassadors can exchange their creative works!

I love the idea and let me know if you need any help!


Swany commented on StartupHostel

Congrats Simon and everyone that help you develop the idea even further! Well done... I am sending Benjamin and email if you need some extra help!

An interesting survey was published by Behance through their 99U portal ( They asked hundreds of their Twitter and Facebook followers "What's the one thing you wished you'd learned in school?"
And the results are:
1. More Business Training
2. Failure
3. Work/Life Balance
4. Personal Finance and Student Loans
5. Creativity

Something to consider when developing the workshops at Open Bus for sure.