Creative Forest Ltd

Building Collaborative Learning Communities
and Knowledge Networks

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FRAMEWORK

PIC’N’MIX

WORKSHOPS

MULTIPLE

SECTORS

What is Creative Forest?

In a nutshell, it’s a ground-breaking methodology, a framework, a way of doing things, or better yet – a way of getting things done.  Practiced, designed and developed over 10 years, a Creative Forest is a learning eco-system with specially designed purpose driven areas that provide the scaffolding and guidance you need to manage yourself, your teams, your projects and your dreams.  Whether you want to start a physical community, a digital community, or both – Creative Forest is all about connections – bits, bytes AND bodies.
DOWNLOAD the Model below.

 
A CREATIVE FOREST STORY

The Creative Forest story below illustrates one example of how the Creative Forest model works.  The model can be applied to any type of project such as games development, film making, physical product development, picture books, scientific research projects – you name it.  The nature of each project is defined by the participants.   Create your own Forest and link to others via our facilitated online platform.


The Creative Forest Model –  Free Download!

The Creative Forest Basic Model by Creative Forest Ltd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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New Zealand Delivery Partner

With over 10 years experience working in Online Education, NetNZ has partnered with Creative Forest to run our online pilot with students across New Zealand from July 2018 and opening enrollments to all schools in 2019.

The CREATIVE FOREST Platform

ENROLMENTS FOR 2019 NOW OPEN AT

http://www.netnz.org/creativeforest/
Our facilitated online platform.

Our Experimental Classroom – Kohknowco Lab

Kohknowco Lab Ao Tawhiti (2010 – 2018) was an experimental lab using the Creative Forest model.  This lab’s focus was primarily on music, web, app and games development for students aged between 10 – 18 years.  Over 8 years, Renea developed and lead K-Lab, building an extensive local and global network of multi-industry mentors.  K-Lab participants mentored and connected with students in the US and Australia. K-Lab featured on TVNZ’s Breakfast Show and Seven Sharp news programmes.

 

The Lab ran within the normal school schedule and students were able to negotiate assessments that related to other subject areas within the curriculum, such as Business Studies, Design, English and Digital Technologies.

 

K-Lab was formerly known as UPT Digital and Creative Forest was formerly known as IT Hothouse before re-branding and redevelopment in 2016.

SnipSnaps

OUR JOURNEY IN DEVELOPING CREATORS AND FOUNDERS

Snips and Snaps of some of the projects from our experimental Lab.

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What Our Clients Say

From the mouths of babes …

“Without Kohknowco Lab I’m not sure I would have learned to program and I certainly wouldn’t have had as much fun as I did.  Oh, and I presented at Microsoft Tech-Ed and was on TVNZ Breakfast Show when I was 15!”

Jay Harris
SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ GOOGLE, SYDNEY

“Creative Forest’s Kohknowco Lab gave me the freedom to find my passion and study it to my heart’s desire throughout my high schooling.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  I still keep in touch with the mentors and business connections I met throughout the process.”

Francis
Malloch-Boe
DEVELOPER @ EZYVET, AuCKLAND

“Creative Forest’s Kohknowco Lab provided me with the most amazing educational experience I could ever have imagined.  It was full on, fun and helped me to find the confidence to do things I never knew I could do!  I wish everyone could have this opportunity.”

Eiko Olijkan
FOunder @ Eiko Films, Freelance Designer, CHRISTCHURCH

Services

We offer a range of products and services to complement our model.

Creative Forest MODEL

Provided on a CC 4.0 Free License basis. We offer these additional paid services on request to enhance the Creative Forest experience:

Creative Forest CONNECT

For Students, Parents and Teachers – Subscribe to our facilitated online community and help desk. Connect to other Creative Forests.

Creative Forest CONSULT

We show you how to build a successful sustainable, collaborative learning community and knowledge network using our framework.

Creative Forest CONTENT

Additional Projects and Workshops developed by Creative Forest to build an entrepreneurial culture and enhance creativity & thinking skills.

Creative Forest CURRENCY

Coming soon!

Develop, market and sell or trade your skills, knowledge and products on our platform.

Creative Forest CORPORATE

Utilize knowledge and skills across your organization to create an innovation culture and environment for change.

Empower YOUR community

Our Awesome Team

We have experience with People, Education, Startups, Technology, Art, Design, and Business.  We can help your Community thrive by putting together a Creative Forest Package specific to your needs.

RENEA MACKIE

Co-founder & CEO of Creative Forest, Co-creator of the Creative Forest Innovation Framework

Renea has over 10 years experience in designing innovative education solutions.  She designed and  facilitated UPT Digital, IT Hothouse and Kohknowco Lab at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School in Christchurch, NZ.


PAUL SPENCE

Co-founder & COO of Creative Forest, iwantmyname, GeniusNet and Polanyio.

Paul is a co-founder of cool global domain registrar iwantmyname . He is also the New Zealand editor of Startup Digest.


ALASTAIR WELLS

Advisor

Alastair works in Micro Credentialing at NZQA and recently completed his PhD in Modern Learning Practices. He was director of learning portals hasslefree learning, design..ed, Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti school and a senior lecturer (teacher ed) and design consultant (DINZ).


JAKE CARTER

Advisor

Jake is a US-based Project Manager and software developer and Co-Creator of the Creative Forest Innovation Framework.  Jake brought industry insight and a passion for education to the co-creation of the model.


KERO LUANGRATH

Advisor

Design Consultant

Kero is a freelance designer based in Sydney and Co-Creator of the Creative Forest Innovation Framework.  Kero’s indepth knowledge of design practices and eye for aesthetics was key to weaving the model together in an easy-to-understand format.


Say Hi!

If you’re interested in finding out more about Creative Forest, get in touch!  We’d love to hear from you!