Facilitators should use the content, activities, and time allotments outlined below as a guide for leading their Creative Power workshop. 

In our 45-60 minute workshop, we are trying to strengthen three main skills:

  • Seeing connections between disparate concepts
  • Developing an openness to new ideas 
  • Building resilience through experimentation

Each of the 3 activities help to do this, but the way you actively engage the students in conversations throughout will be the best reinforcement of these important concepts.

OPENING

5 minutes

  • Introduce yourself. Your first name, you live in the community, and you are here because you are a [parent, designer, activist, etc] and you believe in the idea that helping kids [like you!] learn to use their Creative Power will make them better at everything they try, from school work and sports, to becoming leaders in business, or government, or the arts, or in anything they want to be.
  • What is Creative Power? Creative Power is about learning to open your mind to hearing new ideas, and getting better at coming up with new ideas. Creativity is not just for the best artist or the smartest person. Everyone has has creativity inside them. The reason we build those creative muscles in ourselves and our communities is so we can we can solve big, tough challenges that we all face in our world.

  • Today is Creative Power Day! In countries around the world, hundred of students just like you are participating in their classrooms in Creative Power Day. You are going to be the next generation of leaders in the government and in businesses. You might create the next really cool startup that makes a cure for cancer, or build a new technology that stops the earth from getting warmer, or design a new kind of house that ends homelessness. All of you have the Creative Power to make the world a better place! 
  • What we're going to do today. Today, we're going to do 3 activities to start building your Creative Power.

  • Thank you. Thank the teacher and school for the invitation to do this workshop, and thank the students for spending the next 45 minutes (or an hour depending on the size of the group) working with you and each other on building their Creative Power muscles.

ACTIVITY 1: Shift Perspective

5 minutes

The Big Idea: 

  1. If you changing how you look at something, it helps you understand people or ideas that are different from your own. This is called empathy. 
  2. You can come up with new ideas to solve problems or get inspiration if you change your perspective.

Detailed instructions here

ACTIVITY 2: CHANGE HABITS 

5 minutes

The Big Idea: 

  1. Changing our habits can be uncomfortable or awkward but that's usually a sign of growth and learning. 
  2. The initial little bit of discomfort you feel when you experience something new goes away quickly. This exercise shows you that it’s easier than you think to become open to new ideas.

Detailed instructions here

ACTIVITY 3: zigzag

15 minutes

The Big Idea: 

  1. If we can let go of what we think is the “right” answer, we can come up with really amazing, fresh ideas. 
  2. Constraints — not total freedom — help us create great solutions.

Detailed instructions here

DISCUSSION

10 minutes

Why do you think that we did these activities?
How did each of them make you feel?

What do you think creativity is?
Why do you think it's important?
Why do you think we have this conversation at school?

Why do you think we need Creative Power Day?
What do you think you can do differently now with your stronger creative muscles?

CLOSING

5 minutes

Distribute comment sheets and Creative Power Day swag

Reinforce main points:

  • Seeing connections between disparate concepts 
  • Developing an openness to new ideas 
  • Building resilience through experimentation

Thank you!