I volunteered for CreativeMornings, an international monthly breakfast lecture series aimed at drawing together our local creative community. My role as an experience designer was to create thematic activities that engaged our attendees and provoked thought. These were always quick turnaround projects devised with little to no budget.
August 2017 theme: Genius
Exploring your musical genius.
Sometimes, we don't know what we're capable of due to lack of accessibility or exposure. So this month, we decided to talk about the hidden creative resources available to us from the Ottawa Public Library (i.e. Arduinos, 3D printers, laser cutters, etc). We borrowed some of their equipment and used them to introduce our attendees to the world of digital musical instruments. We created paper turntables using the library's Arduinos and our own homemade conductive ink.
July 2017 theme : Equality
Collaboration station 2.0.
Equality can only progress through the power of community, so we created boards for our attendees to use as an open platform to connect with people of different backgrounds and experiences. They were free to reach out however they liked. It didn't need to be job related. If they were looking to share an obscure skill, for someone to hang out with that day, a partner for chess, a babysitter, etc., they could post it with a post-it.
June 2017 theme : Survival
Welcome to Canada!
This month, our speaker Louisa Taylor shared stories of Refugee613's resettlement efforts. We created a life-sized card to welcome the refugees, and we invited the attendees to write messages of strength, share their own stories of survival, and to give tips on how to survive Canada. The card was constructed from a Canadian map, and stylized into a winter jacket to symbolize warmth, comfort, and the winters to come.
MAY 2017 : 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Improving brand visibility with balloons.
For our 5-year anniversary, I was asked to make a CreativeMornings logo bubble. Using balsam wood, drawing film, lights, and coloured paper, I created a semi-translucent prop that can further our brand at all our events.
April 2017 theme : beyond
Overcoming mental hurdles of performance.
Activity 1 : Push yourself to go beyond. Wanting to empower people to achieve, newsprint was taped to the walls where attendees were asked to write down one thing they've been meaning to do for a long time but haven't successfully pushed themselves to do. By writing on this goal board, they committed to accomplishing that task that day.
Activity 2 : Overcome physical limitations. We constructed a fake barbell from foam core and copper, and a sign that said "You've done a ton today!" for the social media station. Attendees were encouraged to really pump themselves up before the lecture. (Inspiration: Usopp's 10-ton hammer from One Piece)
March 2017 theme : Taboo
Anti-shaming and shedding taboos.
Activity 1 : We created a jar full of truths and dares that helped strangers push the boundaries of social and cultural taboos.
Activity 2 : We constructed a "confession booth" where attendees could speak about the truth they pulled from the truth or dare challenge. Their voices were masked and the truths were to be posted online to further push them out of their comfort zone while simultaneously urging others to do the same.