VisualFunk Innovation Hub: A look at Innovation in Pictures

VisualFunk Innovation Hub: A look at Innovation in Pictures

By on Aug 16, 2015 in Creative | 0 comments

VisualFunk was recently involved in an Innovation Day for a large educational institution. The delegates were 150 of the years award winners so the day was part reward and part opportunity to get some top talent in a room together.  The day was also the kick off to the roll out of an Institute wide innovation program. Our role was to design a day that would:   Introduce the delegates to a world of thinking differently Get everyone excited about and engaged in the Innovation Program kick off Drive some great new ideas Delegates leave with an innovation kit bag that they can use moving forward   Developing a culture of innovation isn’t an overnight experience. It’s not a sheep dip process. It takes time. It’s a cultural shift. The challenge with an innovation day is the fact that it’s just a day. But if it’s only one day where you can get everyone together, you work with what you have. So the challenge is how do you break bad  habits and get everyone engaged, excited, energised and making breakthroughs in a short amount of time?     I believe that creativity and innovation are verbs or action words and as such, innovative behaviours drive innovative thinking and results.  As such, the day was more than just throwing everyone in the room with some creative thinking tools and saying go for it. VisualFunk put together a day that combined a bunch of different approaches to stimulate the senses, disrupt thinking, open everyone’s eyes to the world around them, embrace freshness and still provide some structure to gain new perspectives when you are stuck at your desk. As such, the day included improv theatre, photography, graphic facilitation  and learning to draw, live instagram and twitter feeds, music, plenty of movement and structured thinking sessions. To make it real, every team had to present their ideas with a peer voting system that put the best ideas live on stage presenting to the shark tank. No use in keeping great ideas hidden!   Given the power of visual communication in keeping ideas alive, we created an overview of the guidelines, principles and behaviours we encouraged on the day that I wanted to...

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Learn How to Become More Innovative at Work

Learn How to Become More Innovative at Work

By on Mar 5, 2015 in Creative | 0 comments

  Everybody needs a reason to get out of bed each morning and go to work. If we don’t have a reason our whole day feels meaningless, becomes a grind and we inevitably get stuck in a rut.You may enjoy your job but recently hit a road block and feel either un-motivated or are looking to improve yourself and become more creative? Is this you? If so, carry on reading and learn our 5 extremely useful tips on how to become more innovative at work. Don’t worry our tips can be put into practice by everyone! 1. Change your routine “Routine kills creative thought” – Scarlett Thomas. A routine is something uninteresting, predictable and a sequence where you will always know the end result. This is the opposite of being innovative. Change anything you can in your daily routine, from the breakfast you eat each morning, the way you come into work, what you order for lunch or even the colour of your socks! Being creative starts with small steps, breaking away from your regular pattern will help promote innovation and creativity. 2. Talk to management about your ideas Do you have any ideas that will increase the efficiency of your work or your team’s output? Having ideas or suggestions and leaving them in your head won’t do anyone any good. Arrange a meeting with your boss and discuss any ideas you may have. Demonstrate clearly why you think they will work better than the present system in place. If you are too shy or afraid to setup a meeting with your manager, propose to have a suggestion box where employees can use to put forward ideas with full anonymity. Being innovative requires taking action – will you? 3. If you don’t have any ideas – look within Innovation can’t simply be activated by the flick of a switch, you need to brainstorm ideas, think about problems you face at work and how they can be improved or changed for the better. For example, in my last job I would usually be so over whelmed with work that I barely had time to check my emails (I would get over 100 a day). I worked in procurement and the...

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Number One Reason You are Not Creative

Number One Reason You are Not Creative

By on Jul 3, 2014 in Creative | 0 comments

  I wanted to share a recent post by one of our facilitators, Brad Wilkinson.   It takes a great look at what stops people being creative. It’s amazing how many people set limits around their ability to be creative  by linking it to their ability to draw. What a bad way to measure your potential! It’s important to remember that: Creativity is a frame of mind, a way of looking at the world not an measure of ones artistic talent.   Want to read more? Click VisualFunk Creativity to get there. Happy days,...

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