The Challenge


How might we inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?

Challenge Brief

As young children, we’re all creative. We draw, sing, build, and dream. Yet somewhere along the way – due to the influence of others or our own insecurity – many of us put down these creative instincts. Together with IDEO and our partners – and in celebration of Tom and David Kelley's new book, Creative Confidence – we’re asking the OpenIDEO community to design fun, inspiring and new ways to help teenagers and young adults around the world preserve and nurture their own creative confidence. At a time when our world faces unprecedented challenges, how might we ensure that young people practice their creative confidence today so that they have a shot at becoming successful leaders tomorrow?

Setting the Stage

It’s safe to say that at some point each of us has suffered from a crisis of confidence. In the office, in the classroom or in front of an audience – we’ve all experienced that moment when it feels like everyone around us is smarter, faster, better. Where does that insecurity come from and what can we do to combat it? 
At its core, creative confidence is the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out. As children, each of us had a certain level of our own creative confidence baked into our identities and behaviours. Unfortunately, many of us have since lost it or pushed it away – fearing that either we weren’t any good at being creative or that someone else was better. Maybe it was a parent who pushed you to focus on math or science instead of art. Maybe it was a classmate who laughed at your off-the-wall idea. Maybe it was your own fear of failure, or fear of being judged by others, that stopped you before you even tried. Whatever the cause, that moment – the point in time when a child or teenager chooses to either sweep aside his or her own creative potential or recommit to nurturing it – is what our challenge is all about. 
How might we inspire and support teens and young adults to continue practicing and to preserve their creative confidence? How might we anticipate that pivotal moment when a young person is faced with a crisis of creative confidence and help them navigate successfully to the other side? And if creative confidence is like a muscle that can be strengthened and nurtured through effort and experience, how might we encourage young people to flex these muscles, hone these skills and carry their creative confidence proudly with them in school and in life?

For more information, check out the Guiding Principles for this challenge.

About Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Confidence Within Us All

Creativity lies at the heart of innovation – without creativity, we can’t design new ideas, tools or solutions to meet our world’s most pressing challenges. In their new book Creative Confidence, brothers  Tom Kelley (bestselling author and partner at IDEO) and  David Kelley (founder of IDEO and Stanford’s unpack what creative confidence is, why it’s important for innovation and what each of us can do to unleash our own creative potential. 
Throughout this challenge, you’ll see references to Tom and David's book, as well as receive early access to select chapters, exercises and worksheets to push our community conversations and thinking further. While our challenge is focused on creative confidence in young people, our hope is that everyone who participates will feel inspired to seize their own creative potential and use it to drive innovation in their work, their education and their lives. 

What Will It Mean to 'Win' in This Challenge?

As with all OpenIDEO challenges, there are many reasons to participate and many things you'll gain by participating in our Creative Confidence Challenge – regardless of whether your idea wins. With that said, the winning ideas in this challenge will represent submissions that best answer our challenge question, that excite and energise our community and that address our sponsor's and partners' goals. As the challenge unfolds we'll share more about these goals so you know where we're headed.
No matter the end result, we encourage everyone to take your ideas forward on your own or to collaborate with your network to implement them. On OpenIDEO we strive to be a place where good ideas gain momentum – both from the community and from our sponsors and partners. For more information, visit our About Us and How It Works pages.

About Our Sponsor

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Challenge Partners:
The is a hub for innovators at Stanford. In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, we think our primary responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. We define what it means to be a student broadly, and we support “students” of design thinking who range from kindergarteners to senior executives. Learn more.


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畅 Leo 刘

March 16, 2014, 04:56AM
Young is the capital

Teng Zhang

March 13, 2014, 01:43AM
This is great topic. Inspiring children's creativity is very important. Children are the future of this world, so if they are creative the world will became more creative.

Nabeel Adeni

March 08, 2014, 19:29PM
Building Creative Confidence in young people is the need of the hour. It's great initiative by IDEO and kudos to the Tom & David for bringing out this subject into the open.

I consider Creative Confidence to be at Level 5- Self Actualization of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow had rightly pointed out that "What a man can be, he must be". It's unfortunate that many of us have to be in pursuit of our basic needs- physiological, safety, love, esteem for most part of our lives and hence, hardly get to reach Level 5.

Self-confidence precedes Creative Confidence. Therefore, it's vital to work towards the former from a very early age. Planting seeds of Self-confidence helps to grow fruits of Creative confidence.

Creative Confidence is a meta-skill and needs to be kept active through continual application in diverse situations.

For example: Sketching, which is a powerful visual tool that can be applied across different settings and situations. One of the ways it can be applied is for taking notes or jotting down minutes of a meeting. This makes it easy to comprehend the flow of the meeting and go about performing the actions as discussed/delegated (which happens to be the main objective of the meeting anyway!)

Fei Xin

March 06, 2014, 03:48AM
Creative Confidence is really necessary for people. Not only for young people, but also for adults. We should certainly cultivate young people the creative confidence, so when the young people grow up, they will become successful leaders. However, no matter how old are you, people still need the creative confidence. I agree with that "Creativity lies at the heart of innovation – without creativity, we can’t design new ideas, tools or solutions to meet our world’s most pressing challenges. " With the rapid development of society, we must create new thing to meet our needs. So the people create high technology products, such as iPhone, iPad and so on. In order to be better life, people should have creative confidence to innovation, then contribute to society. We should encourage each other to get creative confidence.

Congmin Liang

March 05, 2014, 01:21AM
I like the idea what the writer made, and I also think it is a great challenge over here. I agree with Mengyuan that we should not only cultivate young people the creative confidence, we should cultivate all age people in the society about it. We should let everyone understand how importance of creative confidence and what they have right now. Yes, it is very important to cultivate young people creative confidence. Those young people will make more benefits to the society, and they could also influence their parents.

Tim Stutt

March 03, 2014, 19:29PM
Creative confidence is so important, and the challenge is not just for youth and students, but also for adults/coaches/mentors/teachers. There could be a lot of impact in coaching and teaching adults who work directly with youth on not only how to encourage creativity and risk taking but also on how to model and exemplify these characteristics in their own work and life. In other words, by giving youth more role models and direct connections who embody courage it becomes more possible for us all to be more courageous together.

mengyuan chen

March 02, 2014, 03:09AM
I agree with the idea that “creative confidence is the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out”. But i think we should not only cultivate young people' creative confidence but also elder people. I think if young people's parents understand the importance of creative confidence and they also have that confidence, they would have a good way to educate their children. Therefore, young people would gain more benefits from that rather than inspire themselves. This would be a win-win game.

Patty Rangel

February 19, 2014, 21:58PM
I've been thinking about this because I grew up in the days of black and white photos in textbooks that were over 5 years old. If I wanted to research, I went to the library and looked it up in the encyclopedia. If concepts were too difficult, I had to wait until my parents or teacher could have a one-on-one with me, and then hopefully their explanation would be my AHA moment. I wish computers and the internet would have been around when I was a kid. However, it seems that curiosity lead me to become a self-taught student. I realized I am highly visual and learn faster/retain information longer when I see ideas, concepts and designs in 3D.

I believe Simulation Based Learning is the way to go, integrated with an open source virtual world platform that allows students to interact and learn in a gaming environment. I suggest that the learning modules be dynamic, so as the classes are being taught, the content is being built by the students and upon templates/virtual builds of the class that came before.

The platform would need to be multi-functional, so as to incorporate some aspects of the format/tools that uses, a section for live twitter feed, another for webcasting/Skype-like sessions, a whiteboard, ability to upload presentations and monitor users in the room, and a link that opens a virtual world viewer.

In the hardware area and for faster learning, I would integrate a head-mounted AR and/or VR display (googles, glasses, something light-weight and wireless) . Full immersion leads to accelerated learning. Tie in some multi-sensory tech (like scent and magnetic sound induction) and you have learning modules that create long-term memory imprints. Scent reaches the brain the fastest. Magnetic sound induction can be incorporated into the chairs and with a localized sound saucer above it (check out Brown Innovations). The sound will be localized to the soundscape that the student wishes to have during their learning session, and it could incorporate binaural beats in Alpha frequency to make them focused and alert.

Harris Bostic

January 25, 2014, 20:06PM
Respect begets Confidence that leads to Creativity...!

Bravo to the Kelley's for such a spot-on study of motivating creativity in youth. I've always believe if youth first have Respect or oneself and others that will lead to confidence that will surely result in creativity to make this a better world!

Listen and Learn Young People: before you can unleash your creativity talents, before you can surmount the negative energy and insecurity that abound, before you can go out into the world to make it a little or a lot better, you must, I dare say must, first respect yourself and others. Does this sound simple, does this sound hard, does this ring true does this ring too loudly, does this matter, does it not? Yes, No, Maybe, Maybe Not...that's for you to say. So have your say. But first, have respect for yourself and others and you will see the world open to you and your infinite creativity. Here are just seven steps to lead you there:
Respect and Confidence beget Creativity:
-Be passionate about something
-Learn a poem by heart
-Learn to simply say, “I’m Sorry!
-Learn to cook at least two dishes very well
-Create something
-Give up your seat to someone in need
-Learn to defend yourself.

I know adults seem old, unhip and just not with it...but I challenge you young people to see beyond that and listen and heed our advice. We already have been where you are now; you haven't been were we are, yet. And certainly we want you to get there.

Sergio Guajara

January 01, 2014, 16:12PM
Creative and Confident young people is a good idea. But this can also implemented on old people too.
or visit it contain some tutorial to make yourself more confident

Alok Awasthi

December 19, 2013, 17:03PM
Creative efforts by young people must be applauded just the way we applaud comments on this site. Recognition is probably the best way to motivate young minds. Every small achievement or success should be celebrated and these young people should be treated like celebrities in their own communities. Something on the lines of CNN Heroes or may be displaying their names on village squares or libraries. Creating a new tradition to honor them in whatever form would go a long way in keeping their interests as well as attracting new breed of creative talents.

Today is my first day on this site and I'm loving this.

Lauren Thomas

December 17, 2013, 15:02PM
Confidence for a creative person can be influenced by the presence of ADHD. I was late to figure this out and suffered quietly through my first university degree. I hid my poor grades because I felt ashamed and stupid. I was studying sciences when I was really meant to be in the arts. After I figured out that I had ADHD, I started learning about how to manage it and the advantages of having a brain like mine. I sought counselling to learn study methods and following these efforts, I experienced my first wave of straight A's. It was validating to know I wasn't stupid, my brain just worked differently. As I moved into a creative field, I brought the skills I learned with me and used a lot of positive affirmation and concentration techniques to boost my confidence along with my growing skill set. I was a long journey to confidence but it was also a very active and deliberate one. I am very glad I put in the work to become a confident person.

Alan Sapega

December 11, 2013, 23:09PM
If this stuff was easy, everybody would do it. Cutting edge thinking requires sharp saw teeth. Each tooth can be viewed as a characteristic of the design team or the inventor. Creativity, sweat, drive, belief, persistence, vision, risk, intuition, synergy, imagination, confidence, inspiration, validation, anticipation, collaboration, walking the tightrope...... all of these and more are the individual "teeth" on the saw of our cutting edge thinking. The more teeth you have and the sharper they are, the better the cutting process goes.

Dylan Keepes

December 10, 2013, 10:32AM
I think that this is the perfect audience to answer this question. Many people answering this are university students who have been distraught in the past because we have ran across a time in school earlier in our lives when we felt insecure about our confidence. I think there are some similar experiences we can all draw on but at the same time everyone has a unique perspective to follow.

William Woods

December 10, 2013, 01:47AM
I really enjoyed the video and how you related even some of the most simple tasks (such as doing one's homework, or throwing a party) to things that can be done differently if they are approached with a creative mind.

Alan Sapega

November 29, 2013, 21:04PM
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Positive beliefs play a major role in the creative process. Combining confidence and perseverance in spite of headwinds is critical. One way to cultivate confidence is to focus less on labeling things as a success or a failure and more on the process that brings about results. Exploration brings about the magic. The destination should be emphasized less and what is discovered and learned on the journey should get the majority of focus and attention without judgment, counterproductive editing or premature criticism. Instead of trail and error, look at it as trial and results, where less than desirable results can be refined, polished and enhanced by what is learned along the way.

Brigid Nawrocki

November 25, 2013, 00:19AM
A little late to the challenge, but I'm writing as I'm inspired by my 5 1/2 and 3 year olds dancing in my living room. My wish and idea is to create virtual time capsules of my children's creativity -- bottle their unbridled, uncensored creativity now to show them and inspire them later when it flows a little less easily. Sure, I have a hard drive now that houses the video files and photos from my phone, but an electronic "scrapbook" that showcases their creativity, designed to be a recharge them in their teenage years... well, that would be terrific.

Molly Schmidt

November 25, 2013, 01:20AM

Your comment popped up on the activity feed at the same time that our team has been discussing how we want to frame kid's profile pages with activity badges on our online platform concept. Right now we are thinking about having a multiple intelligence badge system, that as kids complete 'games' on the platform they will begin a 'pathway' down one of the intelligence routes. Kid's game projects will be uploaded to the game pages for documentation and sharing with other kids around the world.

We are working on visualizing how this would look now, but we would love it if you wanted to give us feedback on our idea, and tell us a little bit more about how you would imagine 'documenting' an electronic scrapbook of their accomplishments!

Please post on our page so we can start a discussion with the entire team!

Cristian Parodi

November 23, 2013, 16:02PM
Hello! I'm new in this great community . Could you please give some help about how I can upload my ideas about this challenge ? Thanks !

Diana Voronec

November 16, 2013, 23:55PM
Even as an adult I feel pressured by people around me that are better at design thinking, sketching, engineering and so on… It would be awesome to find a solution in boosting creative confidence in my own self as well as to help others. Judgement free zone is great, but how about self-judgement. If anyone knows how to overcome that, please let me know

random guy

November 17, 2013, 21:51PM
Diana, draw, like drawn very bad, very very bad... and smile nothing else, this is how I started... as well I read a good book, Betty Edwards drawing with the right part of the brain.. or something ( I read in Italian) and try to find that would like work in team with you, even on internet, even me... most thing easy are like video clip, are like easy to make, and all your friends all time say... you are soo good... ( that s true) make a stop motion and everyone will look you like a genius... plus if a engineering is not able to teach you, it is 'cose is not good... (Einstein say that... and I really think I have few reason to belive him) sketching... think about the artist.. momo, no, Basquiat, sketch like him... he was not so good in drawing with pantone, was immeditely nervous, and was communicate pretty well, and all super critic " this drawn express a quanutuum energy... " can you immagine this posh people talk? :D ,... and you feel are not good... you are super good, even how you make the photo of your profile, blonde, with a typography t-shirt, that express very well your talent about graphic, plus your photo in balanced well between black and white, and mostly you didn't use nay of this PS, to adjust.. you make just in natural behaviou, because your aesthetic skills are so strong, strong than wathever computer. keep in touch, and I will ask your help next time I write whatever project in this comunity. ;)

Alan Sapega

December 11, 2013, 23:14PM
You have to have the mindset of not editing yourself. Let go of the 'less than' thinking and run with the thought or idea to its conclusion. It's a discipline. Argue for your limits and they become real. How many tales are out there of actual breakthrough ideas that were realized in spite of being dismissed by others because of a lack of vision? Creative people are misunderstood and often shunned by the ordinary and the non-creative.

Bianca Fritz

November 16, 2013, 02:30AM
I face a creativity crisis nearly everyday, because I'm insecure and feel exactly as described in the brief; that there is always going to be someone better...
Well, I gotta say I feel inspired now by this challenge. I intend to work on this challenge too! It feels good to know that I am not alone, perhaps whilst helping others, I can find a solution to help myself?
Using whatever skills I have, however unrefined, I hope to help out and contribute to this very special project.

random guy

November 17, 2013, 21:38PM
Bianca you are a genius! many people are insecure, you are not the only one... and more your spirit your way to write (scientific dimostration) are proof that you are more talented than the majority. Just show how beautiful you are (I meand skills, brain, math, creativity) because you are. and by the way untill now. this is one of the best post I read it.

John Kucera

November 15, 2013, 21:26PM
Dropping my science degree and background for a moment with a personal experience that led to my growth and development toward the creative person I am today (or so I would like to hope!).

The path that led to my embracing and respecting creativity, as well as enabling the confidence to do so, began as a child when my mother and father raised my sister and I exposed to the full environment around us in the Bahamas. We would work and play outside, explore the flora and fauna, watch the clouds, the stars and all the things around us that expanded that initial curiosity as an observer of such wonders; however, our creativity and confidence in its exploration truly sparked when our mother pulled those experiences into stories she would create with my sister and I as main characters, regardless of whether we were a spider, a bee, a bird, or an alien from another star!

I don't expect everyone to be able to grow up the same way; however, recognizing oneself as a participant in the the world surrounding them vs. merely as an observer is, in my humble opinion, the first step in empowering a child or teen to build confidence to explore their curiosity and develop the confidence to do so. Unless this is overcome early, it might make a very difficult path for one to become a free-wielding innovator of creative license.

To me then, the question is how can such opportunities be created that facilitate that change from an observer to a participant in a child or teen, in addition to providing a methodology or solution to then foster and mentor that spark after such a transition.

Just my two cents as I'm beginning my OpenIDEO journey and looking forward to learning more here!

Clint Artes

November 15, 2013, 12:35PM
Hi. I'd like to challenge the brief in one particular factor: Age bias.

I have not read your book yet, and I expect that you have addressed the right-brain lying dormant in many of us (current) adults, waiting for the opportunity to express itself.

I realise that the challenge is worded to focus on our youth/kids - and the inspirations/ideas talk to that focus. However I find it sad when I read about older folk finding their writing/drawing/dancing 'gift' only after they retire or their significant other passes away (or some other late-life serendipity happens).

I think the challenge should have focused on unlocking the "I'm not creative" in our peers, as well as protecting it in our kids. Imagine a future world where OUR generation has had creativity unlocked, and we become the Da Vinci's of the new age...

Seohu Ahn

November 08, 2013, 14:18PM
i thought which play they have to do is not so important
as i think, the thing is they can overcome the circumstance "themselves". Like disassembling watch, lego. This kind of thing can minimize intervention of teacher.

Actually, i think that I can't know what they can learn from these activity. Maybe I can intend some lesson. Then what is different to what we've learned before.. i don't know.

So I thought what we can do is preparing "minimum".
thank you for reading :)

Alaine Anhalt

October 31, 2013, 18:04PM
I am very intrigued by the distinction between "artistic" and "creative"... not all children are naturally artistic but surely they deserve to have their creative confidence nourished. These are kids that can't draw but they can build (they are making things out of pvc or playing with 2x4s in the backyard) and they are our future engineers. The are kids who can't paint but perhaps they are creative thinkers (teaching themselves code or selling tshirts out of their garage) and they will be our future entrepreneurs. They are youth who aren't interested in art history but they love to write (blogging every day, filling notebooks with short stories, they will be our future best sellers). These are all valid creative outlets that often are not nourished by parents or programs in schools. These are missed opportunities for our youth.

I think Daniel makes an fantastic point above that "every field can benefit from increased creative confidence, as it is the first step towards innovation." but I disagree with him that this challenge should be limited to only artistic endeavors. There are so many youth who, if given the proper forum, tools and mentors, would discover an innate ability to build, or write or think outside of the box.

Dewan Karim

October 24, 2013, 06:16AM
I know a guy from my high school and the only thing he dreamed about not to have a 9-5 job rather something very creative. Today he is a musician, leaving his dream. One of the happiest persons I have ever known in my life. He chased his own dream not other people's dream about him and I think that's what we need to start teaching to young people in school.

Alina Rakhmatoullina

November 11, 2013, 06:16AM
That is key - teaching that there are many paths to success and happiness. People realize to late that the same things that make others happy may make them miserable. The issue is you need to start discovering your talents and passions early on in order to have time to channel them into a career.

random guy

November 17, 2013, 21:43PM
Alina you are right! I don't like write what I am going to write. Context is very important to follow your dream. I think at Stephan hawking now Newton cattedra, if was born in such a poor country... I don't know if was able to show us the wonderful word of "black hole." so it is important follow your dream, but analyse the context is very important too. we didnt design the world. not yet.

Clint Handwerker

October 15, 2013, 23:53PM
I'm attempting to start an Ipad Orchestra. No musical experience required. Just need an Ipad loaded with Garage Band and a good internet connection.
If you are interested please inquire. Details will follow.
Purpose: To be a participant not an observer and discover creative confidence through spontaneity.

Rosie Dalton-Lucas

October 06, 2013, 22:03PM
It's interesting to think about the role of creativity as a factor in supporting 'success' - be it personal or business. To my mind this is about how flexible our thinking can be, and is one strategy for promoting resilience. If we can support flexible thinking at an early age, there's a good chance we are also supporting resilience as well as future innovation. I look forward to taking part in this challenge!

Rachael Tachie-Menson

October 06, 2013, 08:06AM
This truly cuts to the core of what IDEO's mission is about and addresses a really important question that we have to respond to on a scale that has true impact on the ways we think about education and innovation for this and future generations. I'm excited to participate and am looking forward to experiencing this unravel! Thank you!

Rudolf Kutina

October 03, 2013, 17:39PM
Interesting - Can BETA OPENIDEO survive 1000 inspirations ?

Yesterday I edit my inspiration about "Karel the robot" and it simply disappear.

Today I click Applause on couple new inspirations and it takes AGES (more the15 seconds) to apply.

It's getting worse and worse :-(

Borui Wang

October 05, 2013, 22:19PM
Hey Rudolf, have you found a pattern of which type of inspirations made to the further stages. Any patterns?

Ashley Jablow

October 28, 2013, 17:49PM
Hi Rudolf – sorry to hear you've had trouble submitting inspirations! The site has been straining a bit over the last few weeks but we've recently done some maintenance and it should be moving faster now. If you're still having trouble, be sure to submit a ticket to our helpdesk by clicking the Support tab on the left side of the screen. Hope to see you in the Ideas phase!

Sharon Zhu

October 03, 2013, 07:03AM
I am so impressed by the idea, I was introversive when young, afraid of people's critical and dared not to try new things. If I knew this concept earlier, it will be a great help!!

Borui Wang

October 03, 2013, 04:46AM
I like the metaphor of muscle here and the example questions that asks about factors that break the muscle. It almost implies a certain type of training to fight against the fear of failure or being judged, while at the same time you can't just be ignorant. So to have a strong but yet flexible muscle isn't easy and I'm looking forward to want come out of this!

jeremy beasley

October 02, 2013, 22:17PM
Awesome brief. The questions are very compelling. Excited to contribute and in the process, learn how I might develop my creative confidence.

Judith Stenis

October 02, 2013, 09:43AM
The challenge topic is very interesting. The current young generation are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow and their creative potential does matter in shaping the future. Increased exposure to collaborative platforms and spaces with positive support from peers, parents etc can influence creativity.

Clint Handwerker

September 25, 2013, 22:41PM
Teach that collaboration rewards all, competition rewards half.

Andrea Wong

September 20, 2013, 20:28PM
This is a really interesting challenge with ideas that could possibly apply to demographics beyond young people (the retired elderly, for one? And so forth)!

Just wanted to ask about a sentence in the written brief: "Maybe it was a parent who pushed you to focus on math or science instead of art."

I'm probably over-reading it and you guys meant it as an example of typical parental pressure, but doesn't that sentence imply that math or science is not creative since it's being juxtaposed against art?

The spirit of the challenge seems to regard creativity as more of an attitude than in relation to a particular discipline, judging by the Kelley brothers' explanation and the images of kids doing 'science-y' (er, creative liberties with language...) tasks in the video.

Again, aware I am digging really deep into this one sentence! It's just kind of a sticking point for me lately because I've noticed a lot of people who identify as 'not creative' automatically shying away from experiences seen as creative, which equates to 'artsy' in their minds.

Daniel Katz

September 20, 2013, 23:56PM
I'm absolutely on board with Andrea here. In my experience, the synonymizing of "creative" to "artsy," and thus confinement of "creativity" to aesthetically-driven enterprises, has meant that an entire toolset is removed from consideration when facing non-art questions or challenges. I believe every field can benefit from increased creative confidence, as it is the first step towards innovation.

I do, however, understand that -- particularly with younger kids -- art (aesthetic and tactile experiences) are likely the most effective means of training for creative thinking. Given this, it might make sense to limit this challenge to artistic ventures.

Rudolf Kutina

September 21, 2013, 06:44AM
"Maybe it was a parent who pushed you to focus on math or science instead of art."

May it was a school (and government behind it) who push parents to STEM (they after get occupation in this area) and then they push kids into this direction too?

I am trying encouraging pattens so they also allow and motivate kids kids in first grade (6-8 yeas old) to still PLAY, for example to take construction set challenges TOGETHER with their KIDS.

This positive OPEN mindset in this AGE towards PLAY and CREATIVITY is important, like some aspect of ART like self-express and look for individual original solution.

I do a meeting in Saturday kids style, where kids can play witih they parts, but many of them think then in age 6-8years must hard work on learning and not just to PLAY.

How distort this view is !

Andrea Wong

September 21, 2013, 19:35PM
That's a good point, Daniel Katz, about art being likely the most effective means here for younger kids.

It makes me think about how when they're older, you can help children realize that art can be applicable to other disciplines besides the traditional one.

Though it seems so obvious now, growing up I would have been really surprised to find out loving art didn't equate to a career as an artist, paintbrush in hand! And actually nowadays so many artists creatively employ or even invent technical tools to create their art, it's really changed the traditional view of who and what an artist is and does.

Rudolf Kutina

September 25, 2013, 11:27AM
Hi Andrea,

Art mean in many Euperna languaes orginaly skill and artist was most skilled persons then others.

Rudolf Kutina

September 20, 2013, 11:53AM
Hi Tom and David,

Thanks for nice challenge.

May be moto show us where is gap in our "design thinking who range from kindergarteners to senior executives."

May be we can remove executives from "senior executives" leaving just seniors ?

I am dyslectic trying to help twice exceptional visually gifted kids and I see in last few years then many research outcomes used primarily for DYSlexia and Autistics kids being reused for retired seniors to prevent or to slow down Dementia and Alazhmer.

At least in Europe there are many Senior oriented Activation Programs, some of them are like mirror clone of activities done in kindergartens.

May be key is here then senior have a plenty of free time and they can help us to ruin a myth then ADULT are not PLAY :-)

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