One of the wonders of the Internet is to read, watch, listen and learn from others. Every now and then I stumble across something that just makes me smile. Last year I watch a short documentary by Nirvan Mullick who when looking for a door handle stumbled across Caine – a little 9 year old boy who had built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s store.
Nirvan was so surprised by what he had seen and so enamored by the little boy, he decided to make a short film about a little boy whose imagination had become his life. It really is a wonderful story.
Caine’s Arcade 2011
So what happened to this story? Well it was picked up by just about every major news outlet across America and Caine raised over $250,000 for his scholarship fund. Not only that, kids from across the world were inspired by Caine and begun building their own arcades games out of cardboard and submitted these videos to Nirvan.
This got Nirvan thinking and he decided to set up an annual event. Caine’s Arcade has now gone global, inspiring a wave of cardboard creativity, with an Imagination Foundation, and a Global Cardboard Challenge.
Sign Up to Play! http://cardboardchallenge.com
Nurture Creativity in Education
One thing I have come to understand is that education systems today are broken, so focused on test scores for teachers and students rather than inspiring those same teachers and students to go beyond what we see as a normal education to one that is inspired by creativity. Our world today is not like it 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. Our world today is connected by creativity, and creativity is its own economy. Technology makes up around 30% of GDP in the United States and that technology is almost entirely driven by creativity.
Politicians will not change this, because it is all about the next election cycle and results from this change will not be felt for years. But we as citizens can change the way we interact and encourage our kids, nieces and nephews