Creative Coffee (and Croissant) Morning

It was an intimate, inaugural Creative Coffee (and Croissant) Morning that I hosted on Tuesday morning this week. I did “put the word out” into the community, posting on our school blog, but not many people, as you can see, turned out. Fortunately, those that did really brought their A Game. We had a wonderful chat about all things creativity, and I was buzzing the whole day afterwards. What a great start to the day!

I was curious as to the reasonably low turnout. Perhaps it speaks to the timing, although I tried to make it doable for parents – drop off your kids half an hour early for school, stay a bit and chat, have a bite of breakfast. Perhaps I didn’t follow-up enough and push people more to attend. Perhaps it highlights an interesting lack of creative confidence with adults – maybe people thought they didn’t have much to share?

We touched upon some of the above issues as well as a whole lot more during our conversations. Here are some of the tidbits:

  • Why do adults seem to lose their creative mojo? How can we resurrect our creative confidence?
  • Some businesses or workplaces are allowing more creativity to flow
  • The traditional conception of a ‘creative’ – is it just the painters and architects and musicians?
  • Baking can be creative!
  • There is such a thing as non-creative artists…
  • Creativity is better together
  • You need access to good quality stuff, not cheap and cheerful
  • Some feel that spaces need to have a minimal, simplified, pared-down environment. Others highlighted how some of the most creative people work in absolute chaos
  • It’s about pride and care in your endeavours
  • Boundaries / constraints can enhance creativity
  • Creativity requires positive feedback. It’s a sensitive thing, especially for adults getting back into the swing of creativity.
  • Not enough time…
  • Spaces need to be flexible – open for the clash of ideas, but spaces for some quiet focus
  • “Stand-Ups”, agile meetings, rethinking ways of teams working together
  • Low stakes prototyping in Minecraft
  • Post-it notes, doodling, drawing…
  • Food. It can bring communities / people together and provide the lubricant for collaboration

 Link to Evernote notes

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Comments on other blogs:

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/rmasaoka/2014/09/22/design-thinking-happy-hour/#comment-30

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/silvana/2014/09/23/creative-coffee-gathering/#comment-7

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/shannonsthoughts/2014/09/21/creative-beer-evening-blog-post-4/#comment-29

3 thoughts on “Creative Coffee (and Croissant) Morning

  1. Matt,
    I love the idea of a creative morning for parents. Will you try and make this an ongoing event to try and keep parents engaged? So many good ideas can suddenly come from no where at these events, from the oddest of conversations.
    Great work getting a small, but willing, group together.
    Yvette

  2. Matt, ‘less is more’. Although your group was small, you engaged in rich discussion. [Love the comment that food is a lubricant for collaboration – I agree.]. Tapping into the parent community opens up a diverse range of creative thinkers. Once the feedback from your first meeting is shared, maybe attendance at the next meeting will increase.
    Patricia

  3. Hi Matt – I do think there is a distinct lack of creative confidence in adults, as we’ve lost our ability to play and to be prepared to try, even if you fail. Teachers especially are results-driven, not process-driven. Talking about creativity perhaps then is not high on their agendas. Even with free croissants! One of the most important aspects of challenging people to get together and talk, is just that. It can begin something, and it may inspire some different sort of thinking. The serendipity of it cannot be over-rated – like Steve Jobs putting the bathrooms all together at Pixar, so people would have to meet by accident. It does seem curious to me that we have to work so hard to get people to actually talk about the most important aspects of learning, and that we expect this sort of conversation to happen in structured meeting time. (Staff lecture anyone?)

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