Initiative Initiative encourages innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

Trinity College School’s Initiative Initiative launched to much fanfare on Tuesday, October 9th in Cirne Commons. Senior School students filled the commons to learn from faculty member, Mr. Peter Mao, as he reprised his role of Initiative Initiative talk show host before he evolved into a game show host.

The mission of the Initiative Initiative is to encourage people to find solutions to local problems by using innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (I.C.E.). This year, students were challenged at the launch to use these I.C.E. skills during three audience participation games.

Starting with the “Human Handcuffs” game, students explored problem-solving and innovation skills by attempting to get themselves out of string handcuffs. Luckily, Mr. Ty Bailey and Mr. Mike Harding showed all the students the solution after two minutes of play. But the acrobatics were highly entertaining in the meantime.

Moving on to the “What is this Not?” game, pairs of students from each house were challenged to get creative with identifying what a metre stick is not. Hilarious and fascinating answers ensued (e.g., “This is not a baseball bat.”).

Finishing up with a game of Family Feud, the winners of the first two games, Orchard House and Bethune House, competed to identify “What are problems a TCS Grade 9 student needs solved?” Survey says...the top five answers on the board: number one was “organizing and scheduling.” A lot of laughs were had here!

The Initiative Initiative Committee includes Headmaster Stuart Grainger, Mr. Mao, Mr. Harding, Mr. Bailey, Mr. Luke O’Connell, Ms. Viola Lyons and Ms. Alison Elliott. In addition to providing multiple pop-up “drop-ins” during the coming year to further foster the three I.C.E. skills, the group is introducing a new “Solve it, TCS!” task board. Students, groups, departments or individuals are welcome to pick problems from the board and take the initiative to make our community a better place.

Within a minute of the launch winding up, two Ketchum House students had already approached the team with a problem and a solution! We look forward to engaging with and supporting all initiatives that build innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship while turning ideas into action.

- By Alison Elliott on behalf of the Initiative Initiative Committee