WHAT INSPIRES ME?

Creativity is the art of converting your thinking into something real (tangible or intangible) and of value.
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Our culture places a lot of emphasis on what’s on paper. I have been taught this in school from the start. Scoring well in exams matters more than understanding, questioning and creating. Often I become overly attached to ticking all the boxes instead of exploring, thinking and making sure there is integrity in what I do. It makes me so frustrated. 

In today's volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. It is no longer possible-or even desirable-to learn one set of job skills and to work your way up the ladder. The business leaders of our future must anticipate change to create their own opportunities for personal satisfaction and professional success. Take your workplace for example, do you prefer to hire a graduate who is good at solving mathematical problems with a rich vocabulary to describe proven solutions or someone who is a slight risk taker to explore and define the problem further before proposing solutions? You would probably prefer someone who is independent and able to think out of the box. This comes about only when the graduate is willing to explore, discover and generate solutions.  We unlock children's ability as solvers of complex problems, risk takers and visionaries. Preparing children to excel in the workforce. 

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Creative activities have always drawn my attention, from a young age. I would draw, sing, build, and dream. Yet somewhere along the way due to the influence of others and my own insecurity, I tend to lose my creative confidence. Apple's Co founder Wozniak stated that Singapore's carefully managed society, where "bad behaviour is not tolerated" and "people are not taught to think for themselves", puts Singapore at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to encouraging and nurturing creative talent.

It made me realize that in the future, everyone should have the confidence in their ability to create. I asked myself: why shouldn't everybody be able to do that? That's when the idea for Happiness Makers was born. Compared to the usual school curriculum, the Creative Confidence Workshop provides a different angle to problem solving, where children 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? 

FOR OUR CHILDREN TO THRIVE IN THIS NEW ECONOMY, THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO CREATE INNOVATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS BY INTEGRATING IDEAS FROM DIVERSE FIELDS TO MEET COMPLEX HUMAN NEEDS. AND SINCE REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS PAY NO HEED TO DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES, NEITHER SHOULD THE SOLUTIONS.
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Our workshop helps children overcome fear of failure. Because if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson once said creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.

As we help today’s children build their foundation of core academic knowledge and skills, we also need to look at the ways we are helping our children build their confidence in their abilities to create. We need our youth to know that they can empathically and intelligently shape the world. We need to help them develop the tools to create change. 

CREATIVE CONFIDENCE IS THE NOTION THAT YOU HAVE BIG IDEA, AND THAT YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACT ON THEM. - DAVID KELLEY
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MY STORY

As a designer, and lecturer at a local institution, I have acquired a set of skills which allow students to build their creative confidence and using it to solve difficult problems. Using an approach rooted in both practice and theory, it cites examples ranging from Cirque du Soleil, Apple, P&G and many other more. 

Since 2005-2011, I am part of a design team in a MNC company. Recognized with patent and design awards, my work has been featured in various magazines. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Product Design) from Curtin University of Technology. My portfolio of works include industrial design, product design, user interface and soft goods design. Clients consist of Best Buy, Samsung, Motorola, Callaway, Titleist, Puma Golf, Cobra, Cleveland and Mizuno. I am responsible for designing the Curriculum Delivery Methodology and Instruction Medium Development for the school’s Design Thinking Program. I have also taught various lecturers and instructors from different Polytechnics and Secondary Schools. I have been invited by various companies like The Hub, Makerspace and Plug-In@Blk 71 to speak and share about Design Thinking.

Certification: WSQ Advance Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) & Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE). The WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) is a programme under Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ) Training and Adult Education framework. It is relevant to practising adult educators, and is a qualification requirement for Curriculum Developers of WSQ Approved Training Organisations (WSQ ATOs). DACE covers common training-related topics like assessment, curriculum development and instructional design, as well as other areas such as reflective practice and needs assessment.

CREATIVE IS NOT MAGIC, IT’S A SKILL
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The old model was built upon the idea that a worker’s job was to apply the basic skills they’d learned in school to specific tasks. To thrive in the 21st century, however, we need to go beyond that—and teach people how to learn, engage, and create. This is where the workshop comes into the picture. We teach the children a methodology that allows them to have confidence in their creative ability. 

Through this workshop, children are able to apply methods and tools to bring out hidden talents. They are able to discover they posses the qualities of an engineer, artist or problem-solver. As more and more of these qualities come to the forefront, the children gain confidence and the motivation to tackle whatever comes their way.

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THE GREATEST VALUE IS NOT FOUND IN PROVIDING NEW SOLUTIONS TO KNOWN PROBLEMS, IT’S IN FINDING MORE VALUABLE PROBLEMS TO SOLVE

 

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PAST WORKSHOPS

ARC Charity Workshop. 

Creative Confidence  Charity Workshop - A Collaboration With Utter Studio.

Creative Confidence Workshop (Homeschooling)

Sharing Session With Parents

Creative Confidence Workshop |Upsize| (Homeschooling) 

Design Thinking Workshop For Methodist Girls' School - A Collaboration with SoCh

Creative Confidence Workshop |Bitesize| - A Collaboration with Eat Play Love Cafe

Creative Confidence Workshop |Bitesize| - A Collaboration with Safra

Creative Confidence Workshop |Bitesize| For SAF 

IdeasLab Singapore and The Hub Singapore

DBS Innovation Day (Regional Customer Experience)

Hackerspace @ King George’s Avenue

Fintech Startup boot camp