It’s been a great joy to work for the what if?-blog so far.
Today, I would like to ask for your feedback and advice. I will reflect on what we did up to now and pose a few questions to you. I would very much appreciate, if you took the time to answer us in the comment section below. Please read this post up to the end and get in touch with us. Thank you very much.
Having read Clio’s post “Working creatively within constraints” in which she mentions LEGO, I explored the LEGO foundation website today and found an article in which they talk about the four building blocks of cultures of creativity:
Ensure availability of stimulating artifacts, tools, media and materials, which you can play, make and tinker with, to foster experimentation and a creative environment.
Practicing simple and meaningful creative activities in relationship with others, like spontaneously expressing our ideas, and experimenting with things in our everyday environment.
Be a role-model for creative behavior by developing simple rituals and traditions, which support creative habits and stimulate the social conventions in the group and the society we belong to.
Encourage the availability of knowledge and experiences describing the value of playfulness and experimentation, by documenting and sharing experiences, to sustain new ideas and activities in culture.
Quoted from the Lego Foundation site, framework adopted from Sørensen et.al. 2010.
Since we would like to build a culture of creativity with what-ifblog.net and our associated social media sites, I was wondering which building blocks we should feature more and what are we doing well already?
We would very much like you to tell us what you like here, and what you miss. What could be an incentive for you to creatively engage with us?
Here is what I think we are doing already on what-ifblog.net.
We try to make stimulating art and media available for you in form of blog posts, links and further information which you can find on divers social media channels of ours, as for example here or on our twitter account.
We are still in the planning stage of putting up a SoundCloud to share our sound material for you to play and tinker with.
How can we share images/videos with you in a way that you can use them and play and be creative with the material? Any advice from the community is appreciated.
Our creative challenges are meant to stimulate meaningful creative activities. We are still experimenting with the form and presentation of it. Which challenges did you like so far? Which challenges did you recognize as such? Are you more into text challenges? Photo challenges? Video or composing?
It is a difficult task to show our own creative rituals and traditions to our followers, if we only meet online. Any ideas how we could do this?
By offering you creative challenges we try to encourage your creative sense of playfulness and experimentation. At the moment we are working on a short film that includes your text contributions to our wish and vision-challenge from August.
We are not yet sure how to additionally feature your contributions best, but we are working on it. Your input is also very welcome here.
Any ideas and thoughts you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you.
Photo: ©Barbara Lüneburg: “Clio’s idea of a perfect TV-night expressed in LEGO”. (Yes, the blue steering wheel, that’s her in her little red brick house in front of her cute yellow TV set. Well spotted!)