Creativity Workshop

How does it work a workshop on creative problem solving technique?

By Henrique Praça, Sétepes

Creativity is a tool, like a hammer that we use to hammer nails.  We can use creativity to solve problems or satisfy needs in a different way to traditional methods.


It is important to define the problem we need to address before trying to solve it. The ability to define problems in an appropriate way can also be improved by using some techniques. The following techniques, based on CPS methodology (Creative Problem Solving)[1], are some examples that can be used:

  • Morphological Matrix
  • Paradigm Shift Matrix
  • Association Matrix
  • SCAMPER Matrix
  • BrainWriting/Matrix 635
  • BrainStation
  • Brainstorming (dozens of variations)
  • Idea Machine Methodology
  • Fast Prototyping


After a brief theoretical introduction, begin the practical component of the workshop, starting with the question of how to define a problem for which we need creative ideas. Another consideration to be aware of is the multiple ideas generation methodologies and techniques available. One can find books, websites and companies that provide information about this topic. Over the last thirty years, books have been published, websites created, pack of cards, apps and programmes like never before. Additionally there are organisations all over the world, which offer courses, seminars and organise conferences on these issues.

 Click here for a power point presentation.

 Click here for a short bibliography.

August 6th, 2015|

8 Key Competence

Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training it’s one of the priorities in education and training in Europe.
What does the European Union mean by this?

 Read the 8 key competence framework, click here.

August 5th, 2015|

A Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering, by Creative and Cultural Skills.

“A Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering” is a useful and practical guide developed by Creative & Cultural Skills explaining the difference between apprenticeship, internship and volunteering.  While developed for employers in Wales, it can also be used internationally as a useful reference.

Creative & Cultural Skills, an UPSKILL partner, is an independent charity that creates opportunities for young people to work and learn in the creative industries, to ensure that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent and continue on a course of economic growth.

 A Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering Click here to download

 Introduction to apprenticeship as a downloadable file – always here attached! Click here to download

August 5th, 2015|


by Melting Pro. Laboratorio per la cultura

CREA.M – Creative Blended Mentoring for Cultural Managers was a Leonardo da Vinci project financed within the EU Lifelong Learning Programme which ended in November 2013. The CREA.M partnership was composed by a mix of eight different institutions from seven countries, including vocational educational training organisations, cultural organisations, a small/medium sized enterprise and a public administration.

The programme aim was to support cultural managers in taking responsibility for their career, personal development and job seeking by fostering entrepreneurial skills and creative thinking.   

The CREA.M creative mentoring scheme is based on a competency model relating to entrepreneurship as a key competence. It is a methodology based on creative play, appreciative enquiry, design thinking, making participants more competitive in the labour market by fostering their self-awareness as professionals.

The CREA.M project mapped out the competencies needed in the cultural sector by involving different stakeholders and, from there, elaborating a creative blended mentoring programme deployed into learning outcomes to foster creativity, entrepreneurship and intercultural skills for beneficiaries. The results helped to design the project’s Blended Mentoring Kit based on design thinking and creative tools and visual mapping.  The mentors were trained to use the tools and to give special attention to the need for entrepreneurial skills and competencies of the mentees. The design of the programme also had to take into consideration the different cultural backgrounds.


Click here to download:

  1. Research survey
  2. New Curriculum framework
  3. M Competency Model
  4. M Notebook
  5. Blended Mentoring kit for mentors
  6. Blended Mentoring kit for mentees
  7. Project Brochure
  8. Mentoring links and references


Giulia Fiaccarini, Project manager,

Antonia Silvaggi,  Project  manager,



The CREA.M project, Creative Blended Mentoring for cultural managers, was made possible thanks to the support of the European Commissionʼs Lifelong Learning programme, Leonardo da Vinci Development of Innovation. The mentoring tools and modelling techniques to manage the relationship between mentor and mentee have been developed by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London, and incorporate material developed for the Nesta Creative Pioneer programme. These materials are © Goldsmiths, University of London and/or its licensors.

July 20th, 2015|

Digital storytelling workshop in Budapest

January 14th, 2015|