This week we focused on humor and it's effect on creativity. For class we had the chance to go to HUGE improv and learn a couple games and strategies to help get your mind in the right place to be creative, or as a girl in my group said, "Get the creative juices flowing."
To go along with this concept of humor fostering creativity we were tasked with doing something that was fun and somewhat humorous to get us in a mood favorable to being creative. I watched the TV show Impractical Jokers which is a very awkward type of funny, sometimes bordering on inappropriately so, as it puts one of four guys in a situation where he has to complete tasks based on what the other three tell him. I always get a kick out of this show and usually find myself laughing uncontrollably at some point during it's half hour time slot.
Once this was finished and I was in the right mindset, I made a mind map of the theme for our class, Winter. The mind map is below.
As can be seen, my mind map got filled up pretty quickly within the constraints of the page. I felt I got to a lot of different areas of the space of winter. I started out with some of the common branches of what can be looked at, with food, weather, activities, vehicles, etc. From there I went to more specifics about winter in those categories, like warmth, layers, snowboarding. Even from there I got a bit more in depth. Eventually I reached the outer layers that provide some of the more uncommon thoughts that are associated with winter, like failing new year's resolutions, coniferous trees, and coke advertising.
From this we were to take three sub-topics that we would like to explore further. The sub topics weren't to be too obvious or too obscure. Over the course of the mind mapping I came across a couple ideas I thought would be fun and interesting to explore. They are christmas lights, snow removal, and new year's resolutions.
Finally we were to draw 10 somewhat silly ideas that fit within the space of our mind map. My ten are below.
Instead of shovel, just melt the snow and collect the water.
Hat not warm enough? Drivers not seeing you? Solar power will heat it up and provide light!
Homemade soup for all! Just put in your favorite foods.
Those waterproof boots not working fully? Well at least your socks will keep you dry.
The training wheels for winter bikers. Don't let the snow push you around.
Sometimes headlights just aren't enough.
So you can keep skiing when it gets dark.
Now the wrapping paper is part of the experience.
Maybe this will help you stay on track with that new year's resolution.