Of a Creative Pursuit
The Creative Pursuits Workshop (CPW) is designed to cause a positive and creativity-oriented behavioural change in the participants, in a way that their approach to problem solving is non-repetitive and innovative. CPW is a customised workshop designed with specific objectives that cater to organisational and individual needs. The primary objective of the CPW is to create a creative attitude over time and inculcate creative practice.
The typical design of the CPW spans 3 – 6 months with three to four periodic offsite contact sessions, each spanning two days. In between the contact sessions, participants are expected to complete assignment activities. eVeltio will provide all workshop material, location management, and offline assignment support. The workshop is designed with the following objectives:
- Engage in a process of self-discovery, recognise the self as a creative person, practice of unlearning to dismantle existing fears, social constructs, and hurdles inhibit creativity
- Develop a parameter-led personal definition of creativity for continuous practice, on the basis of known definitions
- Develop a practice of rapid idea development and thinking outside the “template”
- Compile a plan for creative action to tackle situations that include: (a) conceptual and contextual communication, (b) lateral and alternative thinking, (c) working with constraints, and (d) unconventional approaches to solution development
- Design approaches to visual conceptualisation and effective communication
- Develop a practice of focused research, analysis and synthesis
- Develop a long-term plan to follow an ongoing pursuit of creative action
Continuous Learning: The activities (in-session as well as offline) are designed to create a personal culture of creative practice in the participants’ personal as well as professional life. CPW components are designed to ensure that there is noticeable behavioural change in the participants approach to dealing with situations.
Facilitator Support: CPW facilitator will be available to the participants throughout the Programme, including offline assignment support. Facilitator will provide support materials, feedback, comments, and mentoring support to ensure that participants stay on track to develop a long-term initiative of creative pursuit.
Contextualisation: To enable the participants perform better at the workplace, activities will be implicitly contextualised to workplace aspects to enable the participants to relate to workplace requirements in a relevant and sensitive manner. These activities will also focus on developing multiple perspectives and thinking outside conventional means.
Communication: Various aspects of communication skills will be developed for the participants, including conceptual understanding, contextualisation, sensitive and appropriate messaging, storytelling and visual communication.
Interactive: The entire programme is designed to be completely interactive and busy with activities. Participants will be involved at all stages of the workshop and will require continuous interactive participation with the facilitator or other participants.
The program will make use of various interactive sessions and exercises to enable the participants discover the creative and communicative traits of their personality and adopt a long-term approach and attitude towards solution-oriented thinking. Some of the components are described below:
- Interactive Sessions are open, facilitated discussions between the facilitator and the participants. Generally, these will involve presentation of a concept, question or an idea and will require the participants to engage in a conversation that expands their thinking.
- Self-exploration will consist of a set of exercises, interspersed within the Programme, that will allow the participants to understand themselves better and identify constraints to creative thought. These exercises will be adapted from popular profiling exercises.
- Ice-breakers are exercises conducted in groups that improve the comfort level of the participants to get more involved in the group, shed preconceived notions, and work in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere during the Programme.
- Individual Exercises will be assigned to participants during the Programme, which they need to complete on their own. These exercises will allow the participants to explore creative aspects of their personality in their own right.
- Group Exercises are creative activities that will be executed by a few participants together. These exercises will enable the participants to explore and understand group dynamics, improve communication, demonstrate empathy and build a culture of positive teamwork.
- Reflective Exercises are deep-thought activities that will require the participants to express their experience(s) after various individual or groups exercises. Reflective exercises require the participants to clearly communicate an experience, which in turn will allow the participants to develop a culture of clear and sensitive communication.
- Creative Activities are various activities that the participants engage in, either individually or in a group, that require the participants to cross the boundaries of conventional thinking. These exercises will impose various constraints and challenges for the participants when executing these activities.
- Offline Assignments will be assigned to participants that need to completed in between contact sessions. eVeltio will manage offline assignments at CPWOnline, an online location for participants to engage during the offline period, providing all support material, facilitation and feedback during these activities. The purpose of these assignments is to create a culture and continuous pursuit of creative action.
- Reading Assignments are a part of the offline assignments, where participants will be asked read on various aspects related to creativity, including, but not limited to art, humanities, society, education, business, marketing and customer service). Participants will be given specific assignments related to communication and idea generation based on these reading assignments.
- Journaling will be a common thread activity, running for the duration of the Programme which will require the participants to write down their experiences and discover the changes occurring in their behaviour and action for the duration of the Programme.
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