Creative Impact is a new programme, led by World Pencil, that works with schools, arts and community organisations to help children and young people to build their own experiences of harnessing the arts to change the world - making measurable impact towards sustainability development and social impact.
Why Creative Impact?
Creative Impact develops skills, understanding and conducive environments in schools and other learning contexts that support creative, arts-based learning that is motivated by real-world purpose and seeing the difference you can make
It supports children and young people to make measurable impacts towards the huge social and sustainability issues that have significant impact on their lives, now and in the future, such as pollution, climate change or social injustice.
Economy and careers
It supports children and young people to develop practical skills for the future world of work: understanding needs and challenges, bringing people together to meet them, and harnessing arts and creativity for social impact and social enterprise.
What teachers and leaders have said
Ingredients in a Creative Impact approach
Children and young people doing their own research to understand the issues where they want to make a difference
Having the skills and experience to develop creative and artistic ideas into reality, and with excellent results
Approaches to teaching and learning that are based on young people's curiosity and pursuing the answers to their own questions.
Working ideas into designs and project plans, collaborative problem solving, and focussing in on fulfilling the intended purpose
Children and young people measuring the impact of their work to see if they have made the difference they hoped to achieve
Children and young people learning through designing and running their own projects
Aligned to what the school, or other context, wants to do and what the children and young people themselves want to change
Finding the people, materials, finances and, sometimes, social business models, that you need to meet your aspirations.
Understanding how you actually change things: people, behaviours, systems, practices etc.
Gathering what you learn along the way and sharing it with others
Getting ideas from the experiences and imagination of other people across the world - how people have found ways to tackle challenges and dream up new opportunities
Getting together with other people doing similar things to share experiences