I am currently taking a Creativity class at Coursera that just started last week. I think I signed up for it because it sounded interesting, and I was curious as to how you could possibly "teach" creativity. To say this is a normal class at Coursera would be wrong, this class is not like no other class I have ever taken.
Instead of quizzes and peer reviewed writing assignments which is typical of MOOC classes, this class put out by the University of Minnesota is run differently. There are a few multiple choice quizzes about every other week but the main body of the class is the Do Something Different assignments for each week, which must be done in a public place, recorded (either through digital photographs or video) and be safe but at the same time different. So since I have to write these up for class I thought what would be more public than sharing that write up here on the blog?
So here we go, the first week's assignment was to Eat Something Different, which we could eat something we had never eaten before or we could eat in a way we have never eaten before. I choose to eat blind at my local craft swap party at a friend's house over the weekend. I explained what I was doing, that I was doing it for a class.
I borrowed a scarf to use as a blind fold. Unfortunately most of the women I was with refused to be in the photographs so while I was in a public place the photos only show the legs of the people sitting next to me and not of the women in the rest of the room. There were eight of us not counting the 2 babies also there.
You can see I started laughing while trying to eat as all the women around me were laughing at what I looked like.
I even gave up using a fork at one point and used my hands.
This was difficult for me because I hate social eating. I always feel like everyone is watching me and judging what and how much I am eating. My first job I would get teased in the break room about eating too healthy and if I dared buy a candy bar from the vending machine on occasion it was also commented on. Drawing attention to myself and covering my eyes so I could not see the reactions of those around me was really stepping outside of my comfort zone. It was also technically harder than I expected, even though I tried to hold the plate close to my face, the act of getting a fork into a piece of food was not easy, much less then getting it up to my mouth. It must take the blind some practice to eat like this, especially if they did not fill the plate and therefore you don't necessarily know where that item of food is on the plate in relation to next piece, or even how much is left.
Next week..... Wear Something Different....
So how would you eat differently?