Creativity Workout << >> Yoga Lawn
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Creativity Workout << >> Yoga Lawn

In this format co-hosted by Social Entrepreneurship Forum (SEF) and Creativity Gym we mix up a yoga session with a creativity workout. In this intersection, we will explore creativity and mindfulness and complete a yoga praxis. You go home with the positive feeling of an energising workout for body and mind and with new inspiration for your creative life. 

Regular creativity workouts are the core of the Creativity Gym and we love to partner up with inspiring organisations. The session is split in 4 parts:

  1. Join us for the intro round 20 minutes prior to the workout (optional).
  2. First, you'll get some warm-up exercises around the topic of creativity (15 minutes).
  3. Next, you'll go through a complete yoga practice led by Josefine, who runs SEF and is giving weekly yoga workshops (45 minutes). Eventually, we invite you the final
  4. creativity exercise and reflect upon your experience (30 minutes / stay for networking afterwards).

Who should join:

  • curious persons who want to reflect on their creative lifestyle
  • yogis that are open for new insights
  • those looking for an energising after work format to exercise body and mind
  • people members interested in SEF, Creativity Gym or both communities
  • all that want to get to meet likeminded creative, curious and mindful people

Important: we open doors 20 minutes before the workout. Join us early, introduce yourself and find out who else is here. To avoid disturbance during the workout, you cannot participate once the workout has started. 

The exercises will also give us plenty of topics to chat about while we enjoy an after-work drink. It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, your downward facing dogs & your mind. The only thing you need is your favorite pen, your yoga mat and comfy / sporty cloths. 

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Creative Prism N°3
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Prism N°3

Creative Prism N° 3

MON, JUNE, 25, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

 
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THE FORMAT

Creative Prism - short talks by creative minds about living a creative lifestyle.

Creative minds share their insights on their (side) projects, habits and how they use creativity to enrich their lives.

Attendees leave with inspiration for action, tools and hacks to live a creative lifestyle. They connect over shared interests and projects.

We celebrate creative endeavors in our local community.

 

THE SPEAKERS

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Urtė
Špeirokaitė

Improper Walls

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Sandra
Noll

Frames of Life

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Theresa 
Lachner

Lvstprinzip

 

THE TALKS

Urte Špeirokaite - tba

Sandra Noll - tba

Theresa Lachner - "Own your story - how to write a book without going crazy."

 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door

18:30 - Welcome by Stephan Kardos

18:40 - Talk by Urte Špeirokaite (https://improperwalls.com/)

18:55 - Talk by Sandra Noll (http://framesoflife.org/)

19: 10 - Talk by Theresa Lachner (http://www.lvstprinzip.de/)

19:25 - Panel interview moderated by Stephan Kardos and Q&As

19:45 - Networking over a drink

20:30 - End

 

THE VENUE

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SUPPORTERS

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Creative Problem Solving
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Problem Solving

One way to think about creativity is the ability to solve problems in a novel and appropriate way. However, it is not always easy to generate novel and desirable ideas. The challenge is that thinking creatively requires you to change how you think. And this shift needs to be trained. And this is exactly what will happen in this community workout.

This workout is one of our 'classics'. We'll focus on creative problem solving by tackling little challenges. Each challenge will force you to leave conventional thinking paths. After this workout you will feel more comfortable to use creative thinking styles in your job, in your hobby or in your everyday life. 

Who should join:

  • people who try to solve difficult problems in their job or privatley
  • people who would like to train creative thinking styles
  • people who want to enjoy an after work drink while exercising their creative muscle
  • people interested in creativity, design and innovation

Tip: we use the first 10 minutes to introduce ourselves to each other. Come on time so that you don't miss who else is there. 

The exercises will also give us plenty of topics to chat about while we enjoy an after-work drink. It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

Join us to meet like minded people, train your design skills, ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything, learn what the Creativity Gym is all about, or just have a drink with us!

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Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101

Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). There we train one specific creativity and/or design aspect.

This time our session focuses on User Experience Design (UX). You will practice UX principles in a quick warm-up exercise and solve a UX challenge during a game of "(Anti) UX". Sounds fun? It is; promise!

This particular community workout is perfect for UX Beginners since we'll train the UX design mindset rather than a certain skill or technique. It's also interesting for seasoned designers since you flex your creative muscle in an unconventional way. 

Also, you'll hear a short input on a certain creativity/design aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...) at the end. Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

    It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

    The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

    • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
    • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
    • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
    • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
    • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

    Join us if you want to:

    • meet like minded people
    • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
    • exercise your UX design mindest
    • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
    • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
    • have a relaxing, fun after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

    After the session you'll see products and services in a new light – Promise!

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    Community Workout
    Sep
    20
    6:30 PM18:30

    Community Workout

    Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). Being confident in generating ideas will help you with being creative in everyday life. It also will allow you to see more opportunities for solutions. 

    In our community workouts we focus on one idea generation technique and practice it with a few simple exercises. By the end of the workout, you will have generated a double-digit number of ideas (alone and with others) and learned about how you can implement those techniques into your daily routine.

    Also, you'll always hear a short input on a certain creativity aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...). Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

      It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

      The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

      • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
      • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
      • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
      • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
      • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

      Join us if you want to:

      • meet like minded people
      • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
      • exercise your skills if you know the particular technique
      • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
      • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
      • have a relaxing after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

      After the session you'll be more confident in generating ideas – Promise!

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      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"
      Jul
      11
      6:00 AM06:00

      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"

      Although design is not reserved to how it looks like, some graphic design basics aren't bad either. In this session you will exercise some basic graphic design concepts that can help you to build up creative confidence and enhance your (visual) problem solving skills.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Before we start to flex our creative muscles, we will hear some insights from Harald Palma, a designer who started with graphic design 20 years ago. He will share his experiences and tips in a 20 minutes kick-off. This is a premier a Creativity Gym premier and we are happy to have an external expert with us.

      After that, you will first learn about 3 basic graphic design concepts and apply them right away in 2 or 3 exercises. Specifically you will learn about: (a)symmetry, scale, hierarchy and grids (and maybe framing). You will see that you can already achieve a lot by applying those basics. You do not need any particular graphical skills. The focus is on basic techniques that are easy to learn and to apply right away.

      Bring your favorite pens or pencils in 2-3 different weights and/or colors and you are set. If you want to bring your laptop (Word and Powerpoint are enough) for more diverse experiments. 

      The input and exercises should take around 60 minutes.

      You start into your evening with new visual skills and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles. The class is not designed for seasoned (graphic) designers since we really cover some basics.

      Your creative coaches for this evening

      Harald Palma, founder of palmadesign and seasoned graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience. Studied at the Graphische followed by studies in graphic design. Freelancing in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vienna.

      Stephan Kardos, founder of the Creativity Gym and an autodidact Designer who acquired his graphic design skills in various self-started projects, developed those ever since and even designed a card game once. 

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn new design techniques that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Graphic Design Basics?

      While well designed graphical work is a craft and art that demands continuous practice to master, everybody can learn and apply graphic basics. Improved graphic skills can help in many areas, private and professional. From the enhanced powerpoint presentation, over confidence to get started with this visual project you had in mind to enhanced visual problem solving skills. Everybody can benefit from a basic understanding of visual language.

      CU Soon :)

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      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation
      May
      16
      6:00 PM18:00

      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation

      Design is as much problem understanding as it is problem solving. In this session you will learn and practice two handy design research tools: interviewing and observing. Both can help you to understand the people you design for.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Then we'll first give you a rough introduction on the topic of design research. We'll start with two mini-tasks as warm-up; one for interviewing and another for observation. After that you will practice your your newly acquired knowledge over two more demanding tasks. This should take an hour.

      Eventually, we'll chat about our design research experiences while enjoying an after-work drink. You end your working day with a new design skill and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles.

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn a new design tool that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Design Research?

      Deep understanding the people you design for is key to come up with an insightful solution to a challenge, a problem or an opportunity. Designers use many tools to learn more about people's motivations, habits, behaviours and needs. Face-to-face interviews as well as observation are surely among the essential tools of a designer. It's also perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, people with a creative project in mind or curious individuals eager to exercise their design muscle.

      CU Soon :)

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      OpenIDEO Vienna Chapter Event
      Mar
      30
      6:30 PM18:30

      OpenIDEO Vienna Chapter Event

      Hey Human Centered Design Fans! 

      The next OpenIDEO Chapter Meeting is mainly about highlighting different challenges around us. We'd love to see and discuss what you perceive as a challenge in our community. This helps us to set out our next steps and you to learn about Design Based approaches and our OpenIDEO chapter in Vienna.

      If you like to join this event, please sign up via mail: hello@creativitygym.at - we have limited space for 20 participants.

      For this next OpenIDEO meeting we ask you to bring a challenge that affects you or/and your community. It could for example look like this:

      In my community I see the callenge of __, because___.

      (bring a picture or two(on your smartphone) If you think you can show that challenge in a better way).


      Open Agenda

      1. Intro & Icebreaker
      2. Skill to go - Interviewing. We are hoping to gain more experience with the interview process, and further learn how to ask the right questions.
      3. Challenge - what are the challenges around us? The goal with this activity is to give you a perspective on where challenges and impact can start if you empathize
      4. Networking around a drink

      We will meet at the WU Gründerzentrum from 6:30-8:30pm.

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      OpenIDEO Vienna Meetup 'Meet & Greet'
      Feb
      17
      6:00 PM18:00

      OpenIDEO Vienna Meetup 'Meet & Greet'

      OpenIDEO Meetup is a volunteer open innovation collaborative. We solve big challenges for social good. In local meetups we connect for deep-dive brainstorms, prototype sessions and collaborative opportunities around past or present challenges on the OpenIDEO platform. Sometimes it's also about just meeting up like minded people and exchange ideas in an inspiring environment. Everybody is welcome: students, (UX) designers, Entrepreneurs, professionals, ...

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      Storytelling | Storysharing
      Sep
      19
      10:00 AM10:00

      Storytelling | Storysharing

      Once more storytelling - but it's a special this time

      This class is co-created with Magdas Hotel within their program "magdas mitgestalten". Registration is solely possible under office@magdas.at and participation requires a confirmation e-mail. The number of participants is limited to 15 people (first come, first serve). The workshop is held in German this time.

      The rundown:

      This time we'll meet Saturday at an awesome place and you'll hear a short intro on storytelling. After some warm-up story-telling games you'll work on a mini-story. Eventually you can share your creation with other participants while enjoying a coffee or refreshment.

      In this workout you kick-off the weekend with lots of inspiration, a new skill and a fun morning.

      Location:

      This time our workout takes place at Magdas Hotel either in their lobby bar or in their lovely garden.

      In a nutshell:

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll train creativity and storytelling skills while meeting like-minded people.

      Why storytelling?

      Storytelling has undisputed power to touch us deeply and connect us with others. It is very natural to humans and we make use of this art since the first prehistoric cave paintings. Even if you don't notice, we use stories everywhere in our lives and with some training you'll be able to tell more compelling stories and use stories in a more conscious way.

      Details

      Find the event information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/985290311510666/

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