There are many ways to encourage creativity, but author and speaker on business creativity, Fredrik Härén, probably found one of the most generous. Owner of three private islands, Mr.Härén decided to allow creative people from all around the world to use his islands as a source of inspiration and as the environment where to develop their ideas. If you think this is generous learn that the guests can use the islands for free!
Those interested in this offer are encouraged though to give 1000 USD (or even less) to a charity that Mr.Härén supports. No money is used by Mr.Härén. On contrary, he supports all the costs for the islands’ maintenance.
If you feel you deserve to be selected to enjoy a week on one of the three islands, but you can not afford to offer any money to charity, it is still OK. You can pay nothing. But, like any other possible guest, you have to convince the team behind Ideas Island project that you deserve it.
There are a few easy steps to make in order to enter the selection process: 1.tell the team who you are, 2.what ideas/projects you are going to work on, 3.why they should pick you, 4.if you are OK to give some money to charity and if not tell them why not. If you have the chance to be selected after you submitted the answers to these questions, you will have one private island for free at your discretion. If you don’t want to be alone on an island, there is the chance to take with you other 4, maximum 6, friends. In this case the 1000 USD for charity will be per group, not per person.
The three private islands are located two in Sweden (just outside Stockholm) and one in Palawan (Philippine). This year the Swedish Islands are open from 1st June to 30th September. The one in the Philippines is closed for now because it was hit badly by the Yolanda Thypoon.
Below is a video done by a guests who stayed at Ideas Island in the Philippines:
If you wonder what is the purpose of Ideas Island project, the answer is pretty simple: this is Mr.Härén’s way to give back to the world and to encourage creativity (a quality he values very much).
Creative people all around the world, what do you think about this way to make ideas happen?