|Alex's LIS Journal||
I've observed that sometimes students can meet the requirement of an academic or workforce program, but when they graduate, they may lack skills that help them gain employment. A month ago, an engineer asked me to help him design a power point presentation for an interview. At that moment I realized that, he did not even consider that asking for help at this stage meant that he did not have the necessary skills for the interview. The fact that he was willing to ask somebody else to create a product that he should create demonstrated that he understood what he needed and he was willing to pass other's creations as his own. I was deeply troubled by his request.
There is a gap between what students learn in academia and what they are required to create at work. I believe that students should start acquiring skills based on real world needs at a young age. K to 12 schools are already overwhelmed with what is required from them, but I think that we can create additional opportunities for young students to gain skills that will allow them to be ready for the future. Ideally, education should provide enough opportunities for a student to learn how to acquire the abilities that they need to continuously and independently. We could have a School for the Future that offers workshops to various segments of the community at their point of need during times that students are not in school. From my experience working with different communities, I have learned that there is a need in different areas of society for learning activities that engage students outside of school time.
When I look in my environment for objects that reflect good design, I find that some of my favorite items combine beautiful materials with more than one function.
Instead of just designing a wax melt tool, the designers took this object a little bit further including a lattice design with a shippo pattern. This item serves as an ambient lamp that disperses aroma from the wax and soft light. It is made out of porcelain. It is simple and enchanting.
Salt boxes are simple tools that are important in the kitchen! The design of this object includes a slot for the spoon and everything is made out of mango wood. The lid cannot be removed, and there is never a need to find a spoon for salt. This box will be around longer than me! It is beautiful to look at and warm to the touch.
Gone are the days of messing around with wires! I consider the Corsair Void Wireless headset to be an unobstrusive item. Everything you need to operate the headset (volume control, mute function, microphone) is on the unit. The item liberates the user from being bound to a desk by wires.
At the beginning of this course I had some vague ideas about creativity and innovation. I was not sure about what to prepare for my culminating project, but at a certain point in the modules Mr. Kao said a phrase about changing the status of things. That idea inspired me to reflect about how I can change the status of something at a personal level in a way that will give me the capability of doing something that will have a positive impact on myself and others. I do not just want to write about creativity and innovation, I want to do something creative and innovative for my culminating project that will enhance my capabilities.
Currently I am involved in a project that includes a maker space. Inspired by that project, I decided to make something that I have never done before. For my culminating project I will document the process of learning how to use a 3d printing for creating a pendant. Challenges spark creativity in my life, and I am looking forward to seeing how I will reflect the Edgemakers principles in my process.
I am creative when...
"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else." -Pablo Picasso
I never considered myself a creative person, but people that know me say that I am creative. I think the reason for that is that usually I find myself in situations that require some type of product and I have the capacity of generating ideas and making them a reality. Creativity is a skill that can be developed. Sometimes, creativity is an intense moment of inspiration that leads to seeing an idea clearly in our mind.
“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.”-Miles Davis
In the context of libraries, I have seen innovation dramatically transform the field with new technologies. Yet, at our core, library and information services align with human needs. Innovation is affecting various areas, but at the same time there are old “wicked problems” that are still around. Disruption of traditional activities in all areas of society through innovation is a common occurrence. I would like to clarify how can I help others to innovate and how can I innovate.