Wear Something Different is the brief for the second assignment of the Creative Problem Solving Course I’m studying through Coursera. I really enjoyed completing the Eat Something Different assignment, but I was concerned about finding sufficient time for the second assignment around my other commitments for the week. My thinking started with a mind map.
After what felt like a promising start, I put my thoughts to one side and spent an amazing creative weekend at the offices of Truth Consulting for the Global Service Jam (blog post here). By Sunday night I was exhausted. I sat in my pyjamas, reading through my notes, thinking about the assignment. I decided to focus on context, and to think about what I could wear in the wrong context. I looked at what I was wearing, “Maybe this is the answer.”
To wear something different, I wore my normal shirt and sweater, but with pyjama pants. I felt really nervous. Did I look stupid? I felt stupid. I normally take the bus to work, so I went to wait by the bus stop.
A few people looked at me as if I was weird. “That guy is wearing pyjamas,” they must have been thinking. I rode the bus to work, feeling stupid most of the way there.
I was disappointed with other people’s lack of response to my clothing. It was like nobody noticed I was wearing something different. Maybe it’s because London has lots of people who wear strange clothes all the time. Maybe it wasn’t different enough. I felt like I worked hard, but didn’t get much of a reaction.
Do I need to be more extreme in my Do Something Different challenges?