What happens when generations collaborate for solutions from ending poverty, hunger and well-being? Well Sap Gen at Hudson Yards in New York at the end of August brought together students of from public schools in the New York tri-state area.
The students and adults were separated into groups of six to seven people and asked to use their creativity and artists’ tools (string, clay, paper, scissors) located on their respective tables to come up with solutions to specific problems that were provided for them to solve.
It was quite interesting to see how the generations connected and worked together. It was if everyone was in the same age group.
The results were water filters made of paper and clay; solar panels for homes in urban cities; and even stoves powered by the sun. We often think that technology is needed to create models to illustration our ideation.
The entire group of students were girls. The thought crossed my mind was this was amazing, but it would be great to see girls and boys creating such inventions together. My take away is that all generations can work together using the most basic of materials. And most importantly, we must fuel our imaginations to always create.