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Networking Session 2.0 a.k.a. next step towards social innovation

As my colleagues have already mentioned, we have had our second experiment today – or as we call it ‘Creative Network Session 2.0’!

Here’s a brief update on what has been going on today in the Academy for Leisure Breda, NL…

As you know (if not, go read our previous posts ;D) the first session was about defining problems within the food sector which could be solved by means of social innovation – for this we have invited people from the food sector and people from visual culture, to  have the creative input. Since the results of the first session were still rather broad and due to the positive feedback of the participants, we have decided to carry out a second session and to test more creative techniques to make the ideas more concrete.

The techniques we have used were the Six Thinking Hats by De Bono (see my colleague’s post here) and an adaption of the world café method, which is about creating a special environment and dividing the participants into several groups, giving them the chance to discuss and share ideas in three rounds (where each member of the group is moving to a different table after each round).

We have combined this method with the six thinking hats and have ‘themed’ each round with a different hat – the outcomes we, or better the participants, have achieved after this were more concrete and workable. Furthermore, we hope to have persuaded the participants to take the initiative to work on this project and to take it a step closer to social innovation, since we will not be able to do so in this short time frame (yep, we’re almost done with studying and preparing ourselves for our bachelor’s degree!).

Cannot really say anything about the outcomes at this moment, since we need to evaluate them first – therefore, I suggest that you stay tuned for more updates!

Pictures tell more than words, so here are a few impressions of today’s session!

DSC02771 DSC02778DSC02788 - Kopie

GZM

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Jazz music as driver for creativity and innovation?

Today I have attended a conference about Creativity and Creative Industries in Challenging Times at the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda and one of the keynote speakers has elaborated on the topic of ‘creativity in postnormal times’.

I will not go much into detail but what has been stuck in my mind was his example of Jazz music being an engine for creativity. It was mentioned that we need to become aware of the creativity that already lies within us and that we have lost the ability of improvisation due to educational systems that, frankly, do not leave much floor for creativity and adaptability. And so the example of Jazz musicians came up and I was inspired by this example and have been thinking about this topic the whole day.

When I hear the word Jazz, I immediately think of a setting in a smoky nightclub and of saxophones and skillful drummers. Jazz musicians are known for their talent to improvise – I am thinking of jam sessions here and the way they create new songs without the limitation of sheet music. I always thought that Jazz is inspiring (and also kind of throws you back in time and lets you indulge in nostalgia and melancholia) and I was always impressed by the improvisation skills of the musicians. Connecting this talent to creativity and innovation, Jazz musicians have always sort of driven themselves to find new ways to play their instruments in order to create unique sounds and to distinguish themselves from other musicians. It is kind of a ‘hands-on’ thing because a Jazz musician (actually musicians from all genres) needs to be able to immediately translate an idea into practice, a new sound. And this has always fascinated me, the ability to improvise and be aware of it.

So I was thinking that if we all had the mindset of a Jazz musician, would there be more creativity and innovation? Is Jazz music the key to creativity and innovation? Should we all become Jazz musicians?

Let me know what you think!

 

GZM

 

Recommended links on the topic of ‘creativity in postnormal times’:

‘Welcome to postnormal times’ – Sardar

‘Beyond postnormal times: the future of creativity and the creativity of the future’ – Montuori

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Calling for help by visual culture: Room wanted!!

Those who have read and heard a bit about our project knows that we will try to solve a societal challenge by means of visual culture… A bit vague? Well, I’ll give an example by means of a videoclip. I came across a very funny, clever and creative example of how to solve a societal challenge, in this case the lack of housing in Amsterdam, by visual culture. This guy, Kasper, is trying to find a room in Amsterdam, but did not succeed so far. I believe the video is spreading all over social media at the moment and the fact that I am writing about it as well tells me that using visual culture to get your message across can work pretty well!

Another video that drew my attention is the video ‘Share your green piece’ by Greenpeace, that won the Dutch Greenbusters Award. When having a good look at the video it looks like it may have been filmed on a very low budget, however the video is nice to watch and the message is not less powerful.  Please have a look at the video below and see how you can ‘Share your green piece’.

We’re always interested to hear about any creative and innovative ideas to solve our problems within the food sector. Any thoughts? Don’t hesitate and contact us now!

Madelon

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Expressing your thoughts through Art: Exhibitions in the East of England

As you might have noticed by the limited blogs over the last week, it’s the Autumn break in The Netherlands! I would however like to share a very cool exhibition I went to today at the East Coast of England:  Walton-on-the-Naze.

It took a lot of zigzaging and bumpy roads to get there, however once you’ve arrived you can’t miss the Naze Tower. It is based on a cliff which already increases the excitement, however the tower might look a bit ordinary at first. Once you’ve entered the tower and climb up the stairs you’ll find three different exhibitions spread out over six different floors of the tower. All artworks were made by East Anglian artists.

There was one exhibition which I personally liked most. They were called ‘Mixed Media Paintings’ by Sarah Baird. Next to the beautiful paintings she made on wood, I really liked the small parts of text that seemed like newspaper titles and articles. I think she tried to make a point by expressing that point in her work, which I think is always very intriguing but she expressed it in a very subtle way. One painting only had an inspiring quote, another painting had actual parts of a newspaper article, which were (as far as I know) about banks and big companies making a mess of our welfare  I must say that these were all my own interpretations of her work, however isn’t that the fun thing about art?

Below are some pictures I took during my visit.

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Photo of The Naze Tower on cliffs retrieved from NazeTower

A few more things about the tower: Around the tower and the first two floors are arranged as tea rooms. One floor is arranged as a museum of the Walton-on-the-Naze area and if you climb all the way to the top of the tower you have a great view of the town and the coastline. If you happen to visit the East Coast of England (Essex/Norfolk), you should definitely pay a visit. Have a look at their website and the webpage with information on the different exhibitions all year around.

Sarah Baird has a blog too! Click here to have a look what she’s been up to and other work she has done.

Madelon

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Help needed: Art projects of your interest!

I will start this blog with apologising to our non-Dutch speaking followers as I came across a website which is only in Dutch. At first I wasn’t sure whether to share it with you because I want everyone to understand it, but I liked this initiative that much that I decided to do anyway and I’m hoping to hear about similar initiatives around the world!

The website I’m talking about is online platform voordekunst.nl . If you haven’t heard of this website already or did not have a proper look at all the different projects to be found on the website, I will explain it to you and I hope you will pay a visit! Voordekunst.nl is a  website that enables professional but also amateur artists who started a project to share these initiatives with anyone who would like to support them financially.

Projects that can be found on the website vary from music to debate, from fashion to mime and of course: Visual culture (In Dutch: Beeldende kunst). The thing I like most is that anyone who has a creative idea  is enabled to realise this with the help of people and companies who believe in this idea. Whether you’re a big company with interest in art, a family member of someone who is working on one of the projects or just someone like me who feels empathy for people who try to get a message across by approaching people in a creative way: anyone can support them. A donation starts at only 10 Euros with a maximum of 750 Euros.

The first project I liked in particular is the one below. Maybe not relevant to ours but no less interesting! FYI: It has English subtitles.

I also came across a project that is pretty relevant to our project: The importance of the pollination of bees, regarding food (We lose bees = we lose food!) They say it’s a cross-over art and environment festival. No English subs this time but I don’t think you really need it so please do have a look!

For more information about Voordekunst, the different projects, how to support them or if you would like to enrol your project, have a look at their website: www.voordekunst.nl

Madelon

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Remix your Reflex – TEDx Breda

“What if we get rid of our customary viewpoints and start looking at things in a different way?”

I just watched the first Block of TEDx Breda and am in the middle of processing the performers’ contribution.

For those of you who are not familiar with TED – it is a nonprofit organization born in 1984. It uses annual conferences in Long Beach, Palm Springs and Edinburgh to connect people from the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Besides this, several other events and activities including TED Fellows, TED Talks, Open Translation Project and the annual TED Prize all aim at their mission to spread ideas to change lives, attitudes and eventually the world.

Today a TEDx takes place in Breda, the city where our team studies. TEDx is a program of local organized events, planned and coordinated independently, that brings people together to pitch their ideas in 18 minutes and also engages people to interact with each other. Unfortunately, there was only room for 100 visitors at the event itself, but luckily there is a livestream available!

The performers share their personal views on things that happen in their daily lives. Topic range from questioning the existence of leadership to what your brain goes through when taking the train – From seeing the positive things in making errors to looking at boardroom tables in Europe – and much more.

Watching TEDx will make you laugh, think, wipe a tear of your face and will enrich you in multiple ways.

Livestream is available at www.TEDxBreda.nl, Go watch it – it’s worth your time!

Yvonne.

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