More Creativity Camps on Offer!

Morning Creativity Camps are now being offered for both July and August 2013.

See below for the new July dates and get in touch at creativitycampus@gmail.com for more information or to register.

July 8-12 ($300)

July 15-19 ($300)

July 22-26 ($300)

July 29-2 ($300)

Camp begins at 9 am and run until 11.30 am. Rates include all necessary materials and a daily, healthy snack.

August Creativity Camp!

The Creativity Campus is launching three weeks of morning Creativity Camps for kids age 7-10 in the month of August.

The goal of children’s programming at The Creativity Campus is to allow kids to explore their creativity while building skills in critical thinking, teamwork, decision-making and deeply rooting creative confidence through positive reinforcement and play.

Kids will create characters, write stories, sing songs, draw, build, dance and play. As they do this they will learn about creativity and imagination and be given the tools to nurture creative habits at home and throughout their lives. For more details on our philosophy please have peek at the rest of the website.

One week, morning sessions will be offered:

August 6-9 ($240)

August 12-16 ($300)

August 19-23 ($300)

Rates include all necessary materials and a daily, healthy snack.

For further information or to register please contact us at creativitycampus@gmail.com or by using the contact form.

Keeping Creative: Fishbowl Inspiration

Creativity is like a muscle, we need to work it out to keep it flexible.

So it only makes sense that there are lots of exercises that can be used to keep you tapped in to your imagination, working out your mind and pushing to create.

One that I use daily and that is incorporated in to Creativity Camp is the idea fishbowl. Find a bowl or basket that you can keep just for this purpose. As you flip through magazines, read books or wander the streets collect images and phrases that inspire you.

They could be happy and light or sad and dark – the trick is to aim for variety as you select them. Obviously if you think of a great line or string of words that you want to work with you should include that too.

From there you need to physically cut them up into small pieces that can be folded away and placed in your bowl. (For an example see the photo below)

Here comes the important part. You need to set aside time everyday pluck an idea out of your bowl and write. Set a timer for 15 minutes and let the phrase or image guide your writing.

Remember don’t stop writing – even if it means blabbing on about how frustrating it is to be unable to write. When I hit a block I often look up and grab a colour or shape from the room then write it repeatedly until it leads me to a new thought or word. (We’ll talk about the power of association another time!)

The key here is that your writing probably won’t be good. It’s not supposed to be. In fact, if it is really good maybe you need to think about loosening up even more!

You are writing from a place in your mind that you probably don’t use very often. It is not about censoring and grammar and word choice but rather about teaching your mind that it’s ok to run free and play. It’s about being as loose as possible and allowing your mind to flow and produce without boundaries or criticism.

No one is going to read this writing unless you want to show it off – so get collecting…

Idea Fishbowl

Why is Creativity Important in Education?

Hey!

So this is the first blog post coming out of The Creativity Campus and I thought it only natural to build it off of the company’s initial inspiration.

Sir Ken Robinson is a world leader in creativity and education. At TED in 2006 he spoke about how schools are killing our creativity. It has since become most watched TED talk with over 14m views as of August 2012.

Recently Sir Ken sat down with Adobe to talk about why creativity in education is so important from an economic and business perspective. There were a couple of real, standout points for me when I watched the video.

First, Sir Ken notes that we shape our curriculum on what we deem important today as the workforce skills of the future. We determine this on the assumption that the future will develop along a linear path, that we can predict what is to come.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, nothing is further from the truth. Over the past 25 years we’ve witnessed enough revolutionary technological change to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that predicting the future doesn’t work.

I was educated in the 1980s and 1990s. There were no classes on the value or implications of social media, I didn’t have the chance to learn to code or even consider the possibility of using an ipad in the classroom, let alone the workplace. Keyboarding and words per minute were the only computer connections one made and yet, for my entire working life the internet has been an integral source of information and tool for marketing, career development, research, learning and social connection.

Though I went to an amazing alternative school for high school the fact remains that most of what I learned, the facts, dates and important names and theories, can all be accessed with a few finger taps on my iPhone.

Realistically, what we can count on as consumers, parents, CEOs and members of society is that the world will change in ways that we have no way of predicting or preparing for. I couldn’t be educated about social media because social media didn’t really exist.

As support Sir Ken refers to this survey by IBM of over 3,000 CEOs which notes:

What we heard through the course of these in-depth discussions is that events, threats and
opportunities aren’t just coming at us faster or with less predictability; they
are converging and influencing each other to create entirely unique situations.
These firsts-of-their-kind developments require unprecedented degrees
of creativity—which has become a more important leadership quality than
attributes like management discipline, rigor or operational acumen.

A more important quality than management discipline or operational acumen? Creativity is more important to CEOs than business skills?  This is yet another aspect of the future that most of us wouldn’t have predicted.

But, clearly, if thousands of CEOs are so focused on creativity than we should be too.

Whether we’re looking at career advancement for ourselves, entrepreneurial growth as business owners or the preparedness of our kids as we send them off in to the workplace the research shows that creativity is something that deserves at least a little more focus.

Unfortunately, in an learning environment of limited resources and increased standardization this is actually the opposite of what is happening in many cases. So the question becomes – how do we cultivate these skills for ourselves? How can we build activities and exercises into our daily lives that nurture the qualities that employers want?

I guess that’s why this is the first post and it was certainly the inspiration for my work. I was a super creative kid who thought that I had to give up the fun, imagination driven stuff that I enjoyed in order to get a job and make money. My building of this campus is as much for my creative fulfillment as it is for that of every  participant. I want a life that is fun and purposeful, that serves a greater need while giving me a space to build and create and interact with new people as they grow and explore their potential.

We were all children who had amazing creative powers, whether it was the ability to come up with the best games at recess, the quickest path to the value of X in algebra or the prettiest sounding ditty on the recorder. Creativity doesn’t come in one form and it’s not restricted to artists.

As far as I can tell, if we don’t break down those limited views of the value of a creative mind then we’ll be doing our children, our employees, our businesses and ourselves a disservice.

But that’s just me, what do you think? Have I drunk too much of the Ken Robinson kool-aid?

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