Are you creative?
If you are reading this, think about this question for a while. Now I want you to give yourself a rating on the scale of 0 to 10: rate how creative you are. Now, ask. Why didn’t you give a 10 for yourself? (Oh, did you give yourself a 10? Awesome. Why did you give a 10?)
So are you creative? Yes, you are. And, that’s what Ulla-Maija believes. “Don’t make excuses of not being creative,” saying this Ulma-Maija started the day with her session on Creativity. Every one of us can be creative if we work at it, and if we are able to avoid the distractions that interrupt your focus. She stressed on how people lose their creative flow by allowing the environment around them to disturb them. For instance, when you have your cell-phone on your table, you are already half distracted all the time. This reminded me of John Medina and his book Brain Rules in which he states, “When it comes to human attention and thinking, our brains can’t multitask.”
Before the session on creativity, Janne had announced the 8 projects/teams that made it through Gate 1 presentation. The members of the team who didn’t make it were then mixed with the remaining ones. The new teams then filled out the Team Canvas Basic which is a guiding framework for the teams to figure out their purpose, values, goals, roles, and rules. This also gave the teams to create a new bond and expectations from each other.
Janne also reminded the team of the Double Diamond framework and where the students were with their project.
After the lunch break, the teams worked more on their solutions and tried to converge on one solution for their project. They then went out to interact with the possible users and validate their solution ideas. Most of them were glad that their interviewees were quite positive about their ideas
The day ended with students working on refining their solution based on the feedback they got during the user interview. Some teams were already talking about building their prototypes while some were still rummaging through their user insights.
Hopefully, the students felt creative about the ways they were envisioning to solve their problems.