I'M SURROUNDED by dozens of creative people on the third level campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology in Clonmel. Every work day, as I walk to my office at the far end of the building, I pass students making creative things and I see their creative work on the walls. I want to share more of their creative energy.
On my own blog, I have a category called "Create" and I realise I need to do more with that zone. I asked dozens of students to write about the creative process, using journals and online posts.  We've just started surfacing the back stories originating on the pages of unruled notebooks students kept for the past four months. We need to illuminate the best work.
In my own research, I know the tag #create is purer than #creativity. Create, the verb, is less likely to be debased by shills. I want to elevate truly lovely work by showcasing it in my own blog category "create".
I want to produce weekly summaries of #create during the semester-long Public Relations module I teach in LIT-Clonmel. The 36 animation and multimedia students taking that module have highly creative skills. I want to distill their creative energy and exhibit the result on walls and through digital syndication. You can subscribe to my "create" category if you like.  I'll share ideas as this creative initiative takes shape.
I'm trying to remove a lot of admin work around the process itself. It means taking the role of creative director and producing a straightforward task list that students can tick off and follow as they produce original work or as they post-produce a cross-section of work.
I've asked my cohort of students to prepare back stories on what they're doing, the snags they've encountered and suggestions for improving the collaborative creative process. When I try to take the helicopter view, I'm impressed by the raw work I see and I know a lot of the success of this project will be due to the comprehensiveness of the original brief and the viability of the collaborative tools used by the group.
If you're in this same space or would like to see how we're using shared physical spaces, OneNote virtual collaboration spaces and quick and dirty summaries that fold into an ePub, please connect with our group. You'll find us using the #create hashtag on all good social networks.
- A lot of student work is in Moleskine journals.
- 2. Subscribe to create category at "http://irish.typepad.com/irisheyes/create/atom.xml