“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
J Rêve International launched it’s “How to be creative” workshop series last week in Rochester, NY, with students selected from the summer youth program produced in collaboration between You Rock Academy and the University of Rochester. Students learned essential principles to developing their creative skills, such as mind-mapping, drawing inspiration for creativity from the environment, creating mantras, and engaging meditation to enhance mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
J Rêve founder Jacqueline Cofield was invited by 100% Mad founder Tariq Qureishy, who is also currently the CEO of Vantage Holdings and Bloomberg Media’s Regional Media Rep & Consultant, to attend a mind-mapping masterclass in Dubai. Qureishy is an advocate of the mind-mapping and has launched a global campaign with mind-mapping creator Tony Buzan, to increase awareness of the powerful technique and it’s multifaceted applications. There is now ample evidence that mindfulness practice enhances positive emotions (PDF). We are delighted to equip students with effective skills such as mind-mapping and meditation in the “How to be creative” workshops that will benefit them in school, work, and life.
During the 2nd phase of J Rêve’s “How to be creative” workshop, in preparation for their summer project, students learned the 7 P’s of marketing. The teens have been assigned a summer project to create a video and mantra for the healing project, “Soul of a Nation: July of ’64,” which explores how a diverse community came together to after the Rochester race riots of ’64. Their first task is to create mantras for the project, which they will present at a collaborators luncheon.
In the book Emotional Intelligence, by psychologist Daniel Goleman, Howard Gardner, author of Multiple Intelligences and Harvard School of Education psychologist says, “The time has come, to broaden our notion of the spectrum of talents. The single most important contribution education can make to a child’s development is to help him toward a field where his talents best suit him, where he will be satisfied and competent. We should spend less time ranking children and more time helping them to identify their natural competencies and gifts, and cultivate those. There are hundreds and hundreds of ways to succeed, and many, many different abilities that will help you get there.” We at J Rêve International are very proud of these talented teens and pleased to have encouraged them to cultivate and serve their creativity.
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Photos: Students enjoy mind-mapping during the J Rêve International “How to be creative” workshop series. Students create mind-maps during their 7-Ps of marketing lesson. Students practice mantra meditation.