Happy 2014 to everyone! ….New year & new challenge at OpenIdeo Barcelona!. Actually, we begin a bit rebel as we decided to go locally, this means that we are not going to work on the actual global challenge, we are going to develop our own. Why? we want to really make it happen!
On the previous one we worked on How might we inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?, and after that experience, we perceived that there is a lot to be done with local Generation Y. Because as each city is different, when we see great videos about Gen Y (like the one below) and how cool seems their lives, we start asking ourselves: what happens in Spain, in Barcelona specifically — that we don’t see them like that? having meaningful jobs, being entrepreneurs, waking up every day to build an awesome future?. We know that in Barcelona there is a nice movement around entrepreneurship, accelerators, startups; but still, there is a lot we can do! And that’s our goal, define a problem, go through the ideation and prototyping process, analyze our best solutions, test them and bring one to life.
Our inspiration stage has been going around since the last challenge, I discovered I have a big passion for creativeness and what it involves so I will talk deeply on it later on. We had a lot of feedback, some local people said that kids in school are not being encouraged to use their creativity, all the contrary; if you go out off the road they put you back on track. I don’t know if that is real, but for sure is some kind of feeling people have here. And I must say that right now, on the company I work happens the same, except my direct boss is very open to my wild ideas and those that are not that outrageous, she lets me implement them. In terms of the creativity, one of the best videos I’ve seen related to this topic is the one Sir Ken Robinson gave in 2006 “How schools kill creativity the most popular TEDtalk of all time with 27,145,683 views! Very impressive! His speech is wonderful, in one line: creativity is important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.
There are parents that after seeing that video took out their kids from traditional school, one example is Logan LaPlante, he performed a TEDx talk that captures you in the very first minute. I believe in our potential as humans, and that the talents are inside us, we just need to work on them and see them flourish. I’m not saying that homeschooling is the best, but we need to watch out about how the school can be affecting the next generations and especially Gen Y!
Phrases that got me from this amazing kiddo:
- Don’t ask kids: what do you want to do when you grow up?…asked them what do you want to be!…
- We are teaching kids how to make a living rather than make a life.
Please, watch, listen and enjoy!
Originally published at dreamkers.com on January 18, 2014.