Check out this novel street store concept designed to give the homeless a dignified way to choose their clothes from donations.
We often think providing for the less needy simply entails giving them the resources, without much thought for the manner in which they are given the help needed. Such campaigns like the Street Store thus stand out for their thoughtfulness in their re-design of a conventional clothes donation drive.
What else can you adapt your ideas to show more thoughtfulness about the target group’s needs?
After having a stroke, people’s neural pathways are damaged and physical therapy is required. Amelia Day, a middle school American girl, created the “Pressure Soccer Ball”: a rehabilitation pressure sensing ball that helps people recover from a stroke using light and sound stimuli. The ball gives the user sensory feedback on kicking accuracy to help them regain mobility and strength.
See the young 14-year-old aspiring inventor herself explain her invention here:
How can you also modify existing products to serve a different community?
Think back to your childhood and surely you can recall conjuring one or two nifty inventions in your little inspired mind then. Children have the benefit of basically not knowing what is not possible, and as a result they often dare to dream big and bold when it comes to ideation.
Dominic Wilcox’s INVENTORS! project taps on this, aiming to “inspire and encourage children to believe in the power of their imagination, find some great ideas and create some wonderful objects”. Selected ideas – from the brilliant to the bizarre – get made into real models by actual manufacturers and subsequently exhibited.
We often equate creativity mainly with creative things or products we come across. In PW, generating ideas can be a frustrating because you are wondering how you will eventually produce a creative product?
Perhaps, what is more worthwhile considering is looking at creativity as a mindset. This blog entry from Huffington Post describes a creative mindset as a answer to boredom.
Creativity is a mind-set, a way of seeing the world.Creativity puts the magic back in life, so not only are we never bored, we are constantly inspired, present, empowered, and – dare I say it – happy.
Look up some of the interesting exercises at exercising a creative mindset. Some notable ones include:
Imagine every object is actually alive and talking to you! what would it say?
Pretend like you are in an adventure movie, fleeing from a monster, but trying to keep your calm composure to the outside world.
So there, have fun activating your creative mindset to your solutions!