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Problem Solving in a VUCA Environment with Creative Confidence!

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently
Henry Ford


Ever wonder why your kid seems to do badly at creative writing even though you have tuition classes lined up and there are countless assignments to do? Think again. Besides the language ability, the fact that it is creative means there is a thinking process involved. Maybe your kid is lacking in the creative thinking arena? We commonly think that being creative means being different and original. Most importantly, this leads to the outcome of being effective in solving problems! Take your workplace for example, who would you hire?


On the other hand, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has preached the importance of preparing future individuals who can operate in a VUCA (means Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world.


Beyond the usual academic curriculum, we as parents need to prepare our kids to have a creative mindset to develop them to cope with the complexities in the future world, be in for work or in making difficult life decisions. We used to live in the world where knowledge is king. That is a passe now as we have Google as our best friend that knows everything! Moreover, knowledge is also changing. How many of us still bother to look up the thick Longman dictionary when we come across difficult words? We have become less focused on the ‘what’ and more of the ‘how’. And the ‘how’ is what brings us ahead!


With that in mind, Happiness Makers has designed the Creative Confidence Workshop developed using Design Thinking techniques.

It is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems. The Creative Confidence Workshop is designed for kids between 9 to 16 years old. The programme allows space for kids to make mistakes and generate ideas through kids activities that allow them to observe, imagine, make and improve ideas. In the process of these activities, the kids see for themselves what works, what does not, and think of ways to improve things.


Compared to the usual school curriculum, the Creative Confidence Workshop provides a different angle to problem solving, where kids try out different ways through the ideating process (where they come up with original solutions) and a safe environment for making mistakes (when their solutions fail). Well, after this programme, they can take failures better isn’t it? Saves you the trouble of telling them that it’s ok and we can try again when they see for themselves that the only way to succeed is to try again! Come to think of it, there are resilience training components too!


The greatest value is not found in providing new solutions to known problems, it’s in finding more valuable problems to solve. Kids are able to design an experience based on real knowledge of how people act and interact and want to engage, they have, in effect, broken down the barriers and eliminated the obstacles to human engagement in such a big way that people actually do connect, and relationships are formed and business gets done and is done better. We are doing this to better prepare children to excel in the workforce.

Happinessmakers offers 3 types of workshops suitable for children and teens between the ages of 9 to 14 years old. Click here to find out more!


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