It took two years for us to bring people outside Report Bee to be a part of our non/Naan Creative meet. This time, We worked along with Team Everest (NGO) to bring kids from Kottur High School. The Team NC helped the kids to do some crazy art in the pots.
We decided to try Pot Painting and luckily the date stood on March 25th, The 25th NC meet/activity. The 3 hour session started at 10.00 in the morning and was over by lunch. Few kids were open and interactive while few took time to interact. Some preferred to remain calm and observant.
Praveen kumar, narrating a story of his Dragon pot and Samurai Lady.
We expected the event to be fun and engaging. Instead, the kids enthralled us with their creativity and perfection. We, as a team, tried our hands on some pot painting before experimenting it with the kids. When compared to what we did, the kids were way ahead of us.
To us, this activity brought much of joy as we got to interact with kids in our premises. They were free to take the pots they like and we have a couple of pots left with us. As a token of love, We will be gifting these pots of love hope and joy to our guests!
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.
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.
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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On Saturdays, normally, it is tough for me to come out. Being a designer, I usually spend time with a Creative Community called Madrasters and conduct some
user group meetings to get myself involved in various sources. I also love exploring new places and appreciate a lot of design and art that inspires me; that helps me unwind and relaxes me during the weekends. But this Saturday was an exceptional break; a kind that just blew my mind.
This month, Report Bee got invites from many schools to judge their School Competition events; I went for the ones that were on designing. So, on 5 July 2014, I had to rush at 12 noon to Bhavans for judging its Website Designing and Banner Designing competition. The moment I entered, the student coordinator rushed to me and said that most of the designs are done and waiting to be judged. That made it clear to me that I was late (oops!). I went ahead with judging. I first checked-out the website designs, which were done mostly by 10th and 12th class students; I found them to be very impressive. The quality of submissions was way too high for their standard, is what I thought. Kudos to the Computer Science teacher for helping the students excel at HTML & CSS. Further to this, I move down to judge the Banner Design submissions. This was by far the toughest decision I have ever made. All the designs were stunning and pixel perfect.
These kids were way too impressive in their designs. At the back of my mind, I was seriously considering the idea of having them as interns in my Design Team. The event ended with me receiving some beautiful customised gifts from the school and I was left feeling refreshed and smiling by this opportunity.
The two visits I made to schools as a Judge helped me understand how students and teachers related with each other and how the schools function as a system. I also learnt about the superior standards of the students from their performance in these competitions. I could get a sense of their preferences, which could be used to customise Report Bee’s designs in future.