The corporate world is often blamed for squashing and limiting creativity in the workplace and de-emphasizing peer cooperation. Typical problems in creative thinking can happen when personnel feel more comfortable in seeking managerial help or in implementing cookie cutter, standard procedures instead of thinking up new and innovative solutions to unanticipated glitches or stumbling blocks in the workplace.
Most people are familiar with the well-known didactic education model, in which learning takes place between a teacher and a student. In this model, it is the teacher’s role to transmit information or knowledge to the student, and it is the student’s role to retain this information or knowledge. Thus didactic education has the obtaining of standardized information as its main goal. In contrast, experiential education places emphasis on the student being a participant in the experience of learning. The facilitator’s goal is to create a direct experience of learning so that the participant must learn his or her way out of problems through action, physical and mental stimulation, and cerebral problem solving. This fosters creative thinking as independent solutions must be discovered by the engaged participant. Outdoor activities are particularly useful in providing experiential education as they foster an interdependent relationship context with the natural world.
A great way to achieve greater inter-office cooperation and foster creative thinking is through outdoor experiential learning. Take for instance Headrush Outbound’s Raft Building activity in which participants are placed into teams and given a set of available resources. Teams must use these raw material resources to build a raft that can be navigated across a water body. The Raft Building activity teaches creativity in an organic and engaged way not possible in a teacher to student context. This is because in an activity like Raft Building, team members are forced to create their own solutions as opposed to regurgitating textbook solutions.
Many of Headrush Outbound activities are similarly geared to foster this exact sort of out-of-the-box, creative thinking. In Roller Coaster, another popular corporate activity, team members must work together to create a roller coaster design capable of surpassing a set of physical obstacles. Team members are forced to battle foreign design limitations and create new ways of surmounting barriers.
This type of outdoor, experiential learning fosters long-term creative growth by reinforcing in the participants their ability to self-direct a project that has limited given parameters.
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