To achieve Step 12, individuals will show that they actively seek out a range of experiences and stimuli to support them to be creative and innovative.
In the previous step, the focus was on how to be innovative while working as part of a group. This step builds on this by looking at how individuals can bring ideas back to the group.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
Education offers us the chance to broaden our experiences, as well as expand our knowledge and skills. As part of a learning community we can take advantage of the different experiences on offer to spark ideas when innovating and studying. Seeking out variety helps us learn and use these experiences to improve our work.
In the workplace we may generate ideas ourselves, inspired by our experiences or stimuli, or we may want to understand the starting point and stimulus of a project we are involved in. Employers may offer opportunities for you to seek out new experiences and training so you can continue to develop in your role.
In our wider lives it’s important to seek out varied experiences because we can discover new interests, meet new people and develop new ideas. These experiences can motivate us to create and innovate, and expand our imagination.
To best practise this step of Creativity, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This step lends itself well to being reinforced across school life, because it is often attuned to the values of a school or college. Learners can be encouraged to think about building their experiences and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, as a way of developing their thinking and ideas.
This step is best assessed through a quick reflection:
This step is relevant to everyone who is regularly involved in generating ideas. To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through a discussion with the individual. During the discussion a manager might check the individual recognises how stimuli and their experiences support the creative process. This should include the individual unpacking some examples of where their ideas have come from.
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
At home, you can easily support your child to build their essential skills. The good news is that there
are lots of ways that you can have a big impact, including: