I recently had the rather enlighting task of speaking a group of Grade 5 Girls, as part of the Cyprians School initiative to inspire during last the days after exams. Doctors, Directors, Creatives, business owners exposed the girls to the diverse South African businesses, and the differences they are making.
When speaking to the future of our country one wants to inspire, and for a creative business like ours, we want to illustrate to creative pupils that their unique skills have a real place in this world. The last few decades have belonged to intellectuals, the concept has been those that are right brain thinkers belong in an art studio or on a stage is changing. I drew reference from Daniel Pink and his discussion on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcast. Daniel discusses his book ‘ A New Mind’ where he explores the place of creative thinkers in the future.
The concept of never giving up, of turning your perceived weaknesses into your strengths, and creating an understanding of the differences between being creative and artistic, turned out to be a highly interactive and rewarding discussion.
The concept of our collective responsibilities as consumers to why we should understand where our products are made, and what they are made of, was not a new concept to these girls. The Plight of the Orangutan, as narrated by Dame Emma Thompson had already been presented to them, and the thoughtful questions and comments on consumerism really surprised me. Showing the girls our whole supply chain, and explaining the fashion revolution movement and the Ten Principles of Fair Trade allowed them to think about all the elements needed to create an item or service.
No need to draw a picture, just do things differently!
Symphony, meaning, story are all collective concepts, and our friends at Mungo design, have nailed this by creating the first Old Nick Collective. Heading up the Garden Route this festive season? Visit us in Plettenberg from Dec 14th – Jan 13th. You’ll find us there with our handbags alongside a talented host of other local designers in apparel, furniture, jewellery and homeware, nestled amongst the creative speciality stores @oldnickvillage.
The old Nick Collective,
Open daily from, 9 am – 6 pm