Beyond Expectations! – 5th Non Creative Meet

Team activity and discussions
Team activity and discussions

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.

Who are we?
DanielJackJeevanJivaKaranSathish, Shanmuga VelSuganthi (Organizer) and Yesvanth.

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.

How?

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:

  1. Collaboration Room (Karan Jiva)
  2. Main entrance (Yesvanth & Suganya G)
  3. Kitchen (Hari Sathish)
  4. Terrace (Shanmuga Vel Harish)
  5. 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

Concept by Karan & Jiva
Concept by Karan & Jiva

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Team B: Yesvanth & Suganya | Main Entrance

Concept by Yesvanth & Suganya
Concept by Yesvanth & Suganya

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Team C: Harish & Sathish | Kitchen

Concept by Sathish Jain & Harish
Concept by Sathish Jain & Harish

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Team D: Shanmuga Vel & Hari | Terrace

Concept by Shanmuga vel & Hari
Concept by Shanmuga vel & Hari

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Team E: Danil & Suganthi | Outdoor Recreation area

Team E
Concept by Daniel & suganthi

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.

Thanks for reading my blog. Please feel free to comment and encourage us.

Team  selfie at the endTeam selfie at the end

18 thoughts on “Beyond Expectations! – 5th Non Creative Meet”

  1. Kudos to the team to come up with such interior designs in short notice and its great to know that many of these are already implemented, plants, spinach, flowers, etc..
    Loved the idea of fish pool, decorative plants, bean bags, lobby design. Looking forward to seeing them all.

  2. Jack and NC Team,

    This was a brilliant idea !! There is something about the act of making a building a “home”, which gets every member of the family to contribute. I look forward to seeing some of the ideas shared implemented soon.

    Great stuff !!

  3. I am a big fan of Non Creative Club and I love all the activities. This activity gave a complete new dimension for the club. It was great to step out of a closed room and do the activity in open space.

    I really look forward to see some of the ideas of Outdoor space and Terrace get implemented soon.

  4. Wall art, flower parts, front entrance concept, fish pool, bird cage, vegetable plant.. Wowww!!! Awesome ideas.
    All the best team

  5. That was my second NC meet. Me and hari planned the terrace. Totally that was a awesome experience. First time thinking on interior/exterior designing that gave me a little spark about my future dream house. All credits to Jack.

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