Finally, the Card flipped to me – Naan Creative Jack!
I am happy to represent the 5th NC meet. Firstly, I’ll give a quick overview of what is Non (Naan) – Creative.
A Bunch of like-minded People at work believed in the creativity hidden in each and every one of us. We thought we should do something to bring it out. So, we started a club in Report Bee for all the ‘Non creative’ bees out here. We usually have assumptions about ‘creative people’ and ‘non-creative people’. We tend to think that ‘creative people’ are a naturally gifted species while non-creative people are not.
To break all the myths and to learn from the common, we kick started with this idea.
The idea was simple. We wanted to search for and bring back the creative child in every one of us whom we had lost somewhere along the way. We wanted to establish a platform to unleash our childhood craziness.
It was planned that we would organize an activity every month for all the interested ‘kids’ in here. Each month a person from the team would organize/co-ordinate the session while the rest of the participants learn from him/her.
As part of this, we had organized 4 NC activities, 1. Quilling, 2. Stone Art, 3. Oil painting – crafts & 4. Art from Waste paper . Every activity was unique and significant. So, we thought the 5th should also be something different from the previous 4.
NC – 5
This is how Jack turned into a ‘Creative Jack’! Yes. I was the co-ordinator for NC-5.
Usually we let know the participants about the activity beforehand so that they come prepared. But this time I kept it a secret. I did not even give a hint about the activity. All I said was, to keep themselves available on the following Friday ( July 31, 2015).
Our usual meeting place for the activity is a conference room in the Ameex premise. It’s a well structured office space with comfortable chairs and tables. But this time I wanted to go to a different place, wanted my team to explore a new environment. I did not want the same kind of activity. So I took them to a new venue. And we went there carrying nothing with us. Every one of them was eager to know what the activity was.
I took them to the new building of our office. This is where Report Bee was going to move in a few days. The new office was a very old Duplex Villa that needed to be shaped into a working office space. I took the team around the entire half-finished office filled with dust. I let them take a good view of it. Then I divided the participants into 5 different teams and gave them the blue print of the new office space with these as specifications.
Team names and the list:
- Collaboration Room (Karan & Jiva)
- Main entrance (Yesvanth & Suganya G)
- Kitchen (Hari & Sathish)
- Terrace (Shanmuga Vel & Harish)
- Outdoor Recreation area (Danny & Suganthi)
I told them to imagine that they were the interior designers for the designated rooms. (Ex: Karan & Jiva for Collaboration Room) I asked each team to think, be creative and visualize the office space and make it employee friendly. I gave them 30 minutes of time to finish this activity.
The only other rule for the activity was that it should be beyond our expectations.
Each and every team came up with their own imagination and concept. By the end of this activity, each team had to explain their visualization to other team members. We were forced to think beyond our limitations. Since none of us are interior designers by profession, everyone had to kindle their creativity and imagination to finish the task.Real user needed design flow out!
Team A: Karan & Jiva | Collaboration Room
Team B: Yesvanth & Suganya | Main Entrance
Team C: Harish & Sathish | Kitchen
Team D: Shanmuga Vel & Hari | Terrace
Team E: Danil & Suganthi | Outdoor Recreation area
Often, the participants are the key takers. But here I’m the real key taker. The ideas shared by the participants helped me in brainstorming with our official interior designers. The plan is partially implemented and we’ve now moved into the new office. I can see happy people at work. I’ve got a new perspective on what people expect their workspaces to be, other than being just an office building.
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