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My idea was called the 'creative army' which was a repsonse to the creative confidence challenge, the idea was shortlisted from 609 ideas to 22 my idea being one of them. The challenge was How might we inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence? and the 'creative army' was my repsponse to this brief.
The ‘Creative Army’ is a club aimed to encourage creative confidence in the young and older generation, via disobeying the conventional methods of the army to obey and conform, by freedom to express and be creative.
The club is for young people from the age of eleven upwards. This is due to the fact that young people are often influenced immensely by the older generation. Therefore there is no age limit, allowing young people the permission to be creatively confident helping them to realise its ok to be creative and break the rules sometimes if they see older figures participating as well. Moreover giving the older generation a chance to regress.
Within any army is a set of rules and numerous regulations, the misfit army is no exception apart from the one rule being ‘ there are no rules!’ only a pledge to be creative and have fun as well as not being afraid to express yourself. The club will have a variety of events and creative activities such as:
- Assault courses ( maybe in costumes)
being able to be in teams and build your own fort as well as
defend it from an opposing team.
- Arts and crafts- not being afraid to get messy
- paint balling
- tug and war
- making stuff
Plus many more activities sharing and collaborating in teams or individual to enhance creative confidence.
Whilst stimulating creative confidence by allowing the freedom and collaboration of the younger and older generation. The club also increases and develops young peoples communication, team working and problem solving skills conjointly encouraging creativity and confidence to flourish within young minds. In addition I believe it will provide the young and older generation an opportunity to relieve stress and keep the imagination flowing.
Who is it funded by?
It would be funded by the community, via donations and charity events. As well as possibly collaborating with companies for sponsorship. The parents and volunteers could create special events and activities to raise money for the club.
Who would run this club?
The adults involved would run and organise the club and events. The club could go and visit schools and try to inspire and involve as well as informing young kids of the opportunity's available to them. There could also be a timetable so that volunteers and parents could organise when there free or not, or maybe a way for people to write down when there free and then allocate a timetable and if circumstances change they can come together negotiate altering the timetables.
What makes the ‘ Creative army’ unique?
Its unique as it involves both young people and adults, contradicting the idea of the army which is usually regimented and strict by flipping this and doing the complete opposite an army with no rules. Therefore enhancing creative confidence via fun collaborative activities.
Where would it be delivered?
It could be taken to schools, community halls and outside spaces.
Branded- could be advertised in schools, community centres, day to day leaflets and a website to increase its scale in many various Burroughs throughout the country. This could possibly lead to end of year tournaments between various boroughs.
When will it take place?
In the evenings twice a week 5-8pm , half terms and a summer camp and also one Sunday every month 12-4pm.
In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.
To test out this concept it would be great to get a group of young people and adults and ask them their views and opinions on the idea, observing where it could be improved and what's good about the concept.
What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
It would be immense help if anyone has any key points or advice to help create a second iteration of this idea adapting a more developed and refined idea as a result of this. I would also like help with financial and cost guidance to help this idea become stronger.