Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thinking "Out of The Box", we can do it!

           The new module which is the Technical module was started on Wednesday (29th December 2010). For the first session, we were taught about how to be creative and innovative. The trainer is Professor Barjoyai Bardai. He started the session by introducing himself. He was a Harvard University student and he obtained his PhD from University College London majoring in taxation. Then, he asked us to tell about ourselves. Each trainee gave a brief information about their background.

           Several tasks were performed and one of the activities that we did was we were asked to poke a raw, solid potato with drinking straws until it passed through the potato. At first, I did not really believe it could happen but when two of my fellow trainees were successfully done it, my thought had changed and I tried to poke the potato many times until I was able to get through one of the straw into my potato (It actually occurred at home with a lot of determinations :) ).  This exercise was to activate our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind consisted of 98% of our brain while another 2% is from our conscious mind. To think out of the box, we must trigger our subconscious mind. Prof. Barjoyai was also told us to remember that "new ideas = wrong ideas = strange ideas = good ideas". This is to make us to be brave to think more than we already know and to try new things.

            We were showed to many "uncommon" products which were not available in Malaysian market and  we were discussing about their uses and how we could relate it with "good ideas". One of the products that attracted my intention was a spectacle that could take pictures and has MP3 feature in it. It was bought by the professor in Taiwan. He asked us to guess what's the function and when he showed the "candid pictures" of us taken from his spectacle, then we realized that it has a camera function. Besides, he also brought a staggered glass cup which could be compacted in smaller size. It is beneficial for travelers as it consumed less space and easily put in our pocket. These exposure were to understand us that there are many creative ideas that have been materialized into commercial products.

             Moreover, we were taught about the function of left and right brains. The table below summarizes some of the different functions of both sides of the brain. 
Most of us utilized our left brain the most compared to right brain (
 By knowing about these brain functions, I tried to understand myself. I mean, which brain I used the most throughout my life until recent days. As this session is about creativity and innovation, we were emphasized to generate our right brain. 

          We were also being explained about how South Korea and Japan have become the big player in advance technologies globally. They applied the technique known as "Reverse Engineering". According to wikipedia, reverse Engineering is ,"the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object or system through analysis of its structure, function and operation". An example is a group of  Japanese engineers wanted to analyze a radio invented by the Americans. They disassembled the radio first and then understand the functions of all the components. They found that the important components were the speakers and amplifiers. They tried to see the result when the radio were made without those two main components and finding their substitutes. The results were the radio that they have made was lighter in weight and smaller in size. They created the "earphone" for the substitute of speakers. As a result, they have successfully introduced "walkman" to the market in 1979 and become the pioneer company for this device. 

          The knowledge and information that were given by Professor Barjoyai had broaden our mind and changing the way we see things. I believed the the next session on Monday (3rd December 2011) will be more interesting. That is all for now, Happy New Year 2011!! =)

-Ancora Imparo-

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