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On pivoting and firsts

We can’t call ourselves Creativity Wake-Up and not take our own medicine. We keep having to pause and ask ourselves: Are we being creative here? We keep pushing boundaries and doing things that scare us. Like our first WhatsApp workshop. Yes, a workshop over WhatsApp! This was actually a suggestion by a brilliant entrepreneur and world-changer, Thabiso Sebata owner of Start Media and founder of AlexBiz.

Thabiso founded Alex Biz to support and help develop entrepreneurs in his local area, Alexandra. He has about 100 entrepreneurs in his group. Earlier this year, we had worked with Thabiso to set up a pro-bono workshop with a group of around 25 of his members in April. Once the Lockdown prevented us from getting together, Thabiso indicated that a virtual workshop over a platform such as Zoom wasn’t feasible for his group owing to the prohibitive cost of and access to data. He suggested that we do the workshop via WhatsApp over an 8-hour period, using voice notes, images and text.

It was strange but incredible experience. We got a great response to our posts throughout the day, with lots of questions and input from people in the group. The feedback at the end of the day was very positive. A huge benefit is that the whole history of the interactions through the day is recorded in WhatsApp so that anyone who missed anything could go back and relook at the content. 

Here's some feedback from that session (the many emojis not included!):

“I joined in late in the session, but it seems I was right on time. Because the minute I read about <doing a creative activity that I love> and having to envision myself doing it, it gave me such an amazing feeling I have not felt in a very long time. Wow! My sleeping part of the brain has been awakened!”

“I took many screenshots so I can revisit and practice these "life hacks" you've shared with us today, and mostly thank you for instilling hope. This was exactly what I most needed during this Covid-19 pandemic. Nothing is impossible and it's all in the mind.”

We all need to pivot our businesses and take bold steps to try new things in this strange time. Don't underestimate what is possible! Reimagine your future. Join us for a free online lesson to get your creativity kickstarted. Find out more here.

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