Creativity Bonds Us

This week started a bit rough. I came into the week with a stuffy nose, sore throat, and a fever. I even attempted to come in on Monday for an Academic Writing course. I barely was able to hold it together without coughing up a storm. I had to stay home for my first course in Managing a Creative Business. I was heart broken.

Luckily all my classmates contributed to helping me catch up with the course work. I truly realized how amazing everyone is. We were not just classmates, but colleagues. I can rely on them and I hope they know they can rely on me.

When I came to Mapping the Creative Economy, I was thrilled to be back in the classroom. We went over the year’s schedule and our mapping skills with creativity.

A visual introduction to the question of creativity came from a TED talk by Ken Robinson.

TED, 2006

“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy,  and we should treat it with the same status” (Robinson TED, 2006).

Robinson sparked an interest to me when saying this. The world of education has been structures that academics such as history, math, and science were at a higher power to creativity in art. I grew up in this environment at school, but at home I was introduced to the acceptance to creativity as a child. Even with my family all careered in the medical fields, they supported me. With the confidence in my creativity at home, I was able to bring that to the educational system. However, without it I don’t know if I would be as confident.


We continued the afternoon with Design Thinking. Once we discussed the year to come, we partnered up to create a One-Hour Business Model. Our challenge was to get to know each other with the question, “What was the last gift you gave.”

Step 1: Empathize… We interviewed each other to find goals and wishes that could have been changed with a gift we gave to someone. We were a bit restricted with time, but that may have been a good thing. My partner and I bonded very quickly in this class. I loved chatting with her and with limits we can stay focused on the one question.

Step 2: Define Problem… Once we had the information, now it was time to find a solution to the issue at hand. During my talk, I learned about my partners gift of hosting a party for her parents but there is always a difficulty of getting family members to contribute. There was a need for an activity or influences to interact with each other at the party.

Step 3:  Ideate… I was nervous when we were timed for 5 minutes to generate 5 sketches. Once I started drawing, I started getting innovative. I just drew the first things that came to mind. NO IDEA WAS A BAD IDEA, especially in drafts.

Step 4: Prototype… This is still a work in progress. We were given simple ingredients of paper and string materials to create our most prominent idea in a prototype for about 10 minutes. I created a game board that can be customized with interactive questions and facts that link with a photo slide show.

Step 5: Test… Next week we will be presenting our ideas to the class. I am eager to have some feedback to my little idea of a game board.



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