Support young people co-create awesome, aspirational products

by Spark+Mettle

About the project


Tipping Point £1,500
Branded products too £4,000
The big dream, the whole shebang £6,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The older we get, the less creative we become. Yet creative (or 'divergent') thinking correlates with traits such as curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence. Those characteristics are useful in all manner of careers, from consultancy to construction. We know that collaboration is a key component in innovation (as well as a key employability skill), yet we rarely work with those outside our own groups. Using creativity and collaboration together we want to challenge our assumptions about ourselves and others.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
In terms of the percentage of workers that are creative, the UK comes 25th out of 27 European countries surveyed. In the UK students’ top five skills include taking pride in their work, problem solving, being true to themselves, building relationships and having a sense of humour. We want to capitalise on these skills in young people, including those not currently in education, employment or training. And in addition we want to support them develop their resilience, time optimisation and taking risks—areas in which students surveyed were weakest.
What is your solution?
Thanks to voluntary support from the Design Museum and seed-funding from the RSA, we are going to be prototyping some products with teams of young people and professionals in the spring and early summer of 2012. We will run a number of workshops to plan, create and prototype the products, before taking stock, literally, and creating further supplies. We will be launching the full limited edition line of products in time for the London Design Festival in September.
How will you deliver this?
Through co-creation with professionals and young people we will create, design and produce a limited edition range of aspirational products as well as some branded products.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Email/Twitter/Facebook/shout very loudly about this page and our organisation to all your buddies.
  • 5 minutes
    Next time anything about education or internships or employment or well-being or fair access or equality or social enterprises or creativity or collaboration or design comes up in conversation, mention us! Tell people about what we’re trying to do and encourage them to get involved.
  • 15 minutes
    Contact us! Send us an email or call us up and tell us what you think. We love hearing people’s opinions, and we really value suggestions about other people or organisations we should be in touch with too. So, don’t be a stranger...
  • 30 minutes
    Come and help us with some market research on our products. We're going to need to know what goes down well and what needs refining, and you're the sort of person whose opinion we'd really value.
  • A few hours
    Sign up for one of our workshops. We're looking for people to get actively engaged in the design and creative process. Let us know you'd be interested and we'll get in touch with the dates and times that the workshops are running.
  • Regular time commitment
    Sign up as a team leader! We're looking for a small number of committed individuals to lead our creative teams to product-producing glory. If that could possibly be you, then get in touch!

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