In learning processes learners have different and sometimes opoosing needs. This depends from different parameters. Or the phase of a certain process, or from the personal characteristics or learning preferences of learners. Furthermore, creativity is a process making use of convergent and divergent thinking modes. One might conclude that a creativity enhancing space needs to be open and flexible for serving to the diverse needs.
An inviting facility:
- Are the spaces open and inviting?
- Are they central and easy to reach?
- Are they accessible to all?
- Do they contain the materials needed?
- Do they offer opportunities for different working and thinking styles?
Adapting to existing opportunities
Of course the example in the picture shows the ideal version of creative spaces. However, very often we have to work with what we have.Schools, seminar houses or community buildings already offer a lot of things which are needed for such creative spaces. We have to look at the facilities from a different angle and break the old pattern of their usage:
- What spaces are there? Are they closed? Open areas? With daylight?
- How, when and how often they have been used before?
- With what material should they be completed?
Responding to different needs
- People of different personalities need to feel welcomed
- People with different learning styles need to feel empowered
- People in different steps of a creative process need to feel inspired
Including the spaces in a program
- Include the spaces in your educational work
- Do the participants have enough time to use the spaces?
- Include enough buffer time in your method and learning plan
Take care and maintain
- Make sure that there is enough material
- Take care about cleanness
- Involve the participants to overtake the responsibility for the maintenance of the spaces
- N. Zimmermann, E. Leondieva (Ed.): Creativity; Facilitator Handbook #4; MitOst Editions 2017