Creative Drinks Afternoon
…a gathering of colleagues and other interested folk who responded to my email invitation.
I was aware of shortcomings regarding timeframe and location, however, decided to proceed with the event rather than accept the extension as a ‘bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ … commitments are mounting. I shopped and cooked … for the small number  who replied. It became a case of the loaves and the fishes, or more aptly – needing to turn water into wine! As it transpired, of those who accepted, half managed to attend. [Unfortunately, only one ‘outsider’ attended.]. I was surprised: In total, fourteen people arrived and participated. Despite the following images, we did enjoy the discussion!
I had a loose agenda/plan to assist in maintaining focus:
- Introduction from me [repeated twice as other people arrived]
- Word ‘splash’ or word phrase ‘splash’ – creativity, ‘creative culture’, ‘design thinking’, ‘creative coffee mornings’, ‘meet ups’, ‘the third teacher’, ‘teach-meets’
- Engage in a marshmallow challenge [didn’t get to have the challenge]
- Most of the participants have a negative perception of their own design capacity, whilst at the same time sharing how they reorganise systems and layouts [e.g. retail shops and restaurants] in their mind
- Discussion around ‘creative culture’ was animated – most seeking, but not knowing how to develop – ideas were shared from those who participate in artistic endeavours outside of their workplace
- Most interested in ‘design thinking’ especially around the concept of ‘walking in someone else’s shoes
- ‘The third teacher’ drew the most discussion – since all participants’ workplaces are schools [though not all participants were teachers] – discussion around the outdoor space as ‘the third teacher’ [at my workplace the outdoor space for kindergarten students requires attention!]
- Overwhelming positive response to the afternoon – Why? Intrigued? Voluntary participation?
- Where to next? Options/suggestions –
- Positive suggestion and reaction from participants to meet again – maybe once per term
- At this stage the line of communication will not be Twitter because only three participants have Twitter accounts and they were unsure of passwords etc.
- Most participants have active Facebook accounts, therefore creating a Facebook page/group is an option.
- Meeting outside our school offers neutrality and openness – suggestion of a local ‘slow food’ cafe. Discussed the ying and yang: it’s a creative space, small and noisy, without the ability to make a booking
- ‘Where to next’ for me personally –
- Increased desire to attend a ‘Creative Coffee Morning’ in Sydney to supplement my following their Tweets and Facebook posts;
- Investigate local ‘Meet Up’ groups – I realise they are motivating after being an observer at a Meet Up last year.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and absorbing the diversity generated by this activity amongst the #INF536s….more to come, I suspect! At this stage I have responded to