July 16th, in a very hot and sticky bar near St. Paul’s London we held the first of our quarterly Creatives Hub Live! (CH Live!) events.
We often get people asking us if they can try out a mini-hub before committing to one. However, you can’t really do that. The groups are built on the trust of regular participants. Running Creatives Hub live! allows us to fill that gap as anyone to come along and get a taster of what its all about.
The aim: to share the vision, to inspire, to ignite creativity, to encourage more creating, tips on avoid procrastination and receiving feedback and solutions to your creative challenges via our creative brainstorming sessions.
It was also the place we launched our new product the 6/30 challenge. But we’ll get to that later.
Re-inventing the Wheel
We started off with Richard sharing the vision for creatives hub. Then we wanted to get the creative juices flowing by using an exercise called ‘Re-invent the wheel’.
This -as its name suggests encourages participants to think about existing products and see how they can be improved. Sometimes it wasn’t about providing a solution but simply noticing a problem. For example, one for me is the umbrella. I hate it! I think it is not fit for purpose and I’m convinced there is a better way to keep water off our heads during a rain storm. I don’t know what that is. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Some ideas our attendees came up with;
- A stress ball mouse for all the times you get frustrated with your computer.
- A light build which is also the lampshade.
- A vase with a valve which lets you change the water without taking the flowers out.
And there were many more.
We then had a little break to grab a much needed cold drink, then when we came back Claire Meredith got us inspired to think where our ideas could lead, via her talk ‘Ideas that change the world’. This was the told through the story of a couple, Matt and Jessica who set up Kiva.org a micro-finance company that has lent to over 1 million people with a 99% repayment rate. Which all started from a single idea.
We then moved on to grill a member of our mini-hubs so attendees could find out more and ask their own questions about this. We are also launching mini-hub two in August, so if you want to be a part of it to get your creativity moving forwards get in touch asap.
Creative Brainstorming is a big part of our mini-hubs. We put people in groups and gave them a short while to state their ‘challenge’ and then there was time for each member of the group to feed back, provide solutions and generally encourage. This always works well and attendees got into it so much it was a task to get them back together afterwards!
6/30 Creation Challenge
Once back together we then shared with people our new product to help people be more creative and produce more and that is our 6/30 Creation Challenge.
The concept is simple. Create 6 items over a 30 day period that you will share with the world. Every one signed up for the task will receive a starter pack via email at 6.30pm on day one. This will include the theme that will inspire your creation. It will also include guides and advice built from our years of working with students at university level to help you generate more creative ideas.
Then after five days you post your creation up on our website where we can provide professional feedback as can your fellow participants.
On the 5th day also you will receive the second task for your second creation. The process continues until the 30th day where your new found confidence and motivation inspires your creation with less input from us.
We are launching soon so sign up to our mailing list if you’re not already, to make sure you know when its starting.
Next event October
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Here’s some of the comments we’ve had so far.
“Keep up the good work. Bring on the MiniHub 2!”
“I would like to congratulate you on a successful event yesterday. You were fun, professional and added value to people’s thinking.”
If you missed out, don’t worry. Our next one will be Tue Oct 29th. We’ll provide signups soon from here and we’d love to see you there.