23 September

2016 Festival For The Future

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2016 Festival For The Future

We are big fans of the Festival for the Future and following on from our crowd-favourite ‘Wild Ambitions’ game from last year, wanted to again support the festival by running a creative, immersive workshop.  This year we wanted to focus on helping attendees make the most of what they experience and learn at the festival […]

25 August

Smales Farm Mindfulness Audio

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Smales Farm Mindfulness Audio

Smales Farm on the North Shore is growing and constantly developing as a diverse business community.  As part of a series of Olympic-themed activations, we had the opportunity to develop and facilitate a short mindfulness audio experience for workers during their busy lunch hour. It can sometimes be hard to find the time to do […]

7 June

Newton Central School Community Engagement

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Newton Central School Community Engagement

When the Auckland Design Office at Auckland Council were developing the next draft of the Newton and Eden Terrace Plan, the level of community engagement in consultations was low and the input from children in the area was limited. As an Arts Therapist who specialises in working with children and young people Lucy uses the […]

10 May

Flow, the secret to happiness

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Flow, the secret to happiness

Flow is the state created when the difficulty of the challenge and your skill level are just right.  That state where you’re in the zone, thriving, smashing it, or however you want to describe it.  This is of particular interest to us at The Open Fort as it is a breeding ground for creativity and […]

26 April

Harnessing Stress Energy

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Harnessing Stress Energy

We are big fans of Kelly McGonigal!  This TED Talk of hers is a different take that on the typical view of stress.  It highlights the importance of mental training and attitude shift as a way of harnessing stress energy.  At The Open Fort we think there are creative and productive ways of approaching stressful […]

2 April

A Body Map of Sensation

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A Body Map of Sensation

Becoming more aware of where in your body you experience the sensations of feelings is the first step towards self control and composure (one of the five key areas of mental toughness).  This image show where in the body people are most likely to experience emotions . It’s not a heat map, the brightness in […]

21 March

Provoking Social Art

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Provoking Social Art

Australian Peter Sharp has been using ‘social art’ in public spaces to create change and bring awareness all over the world.  We are inspired by the use of art and creative experiences to bring about thoughtful, meaningful exchanges.

8 March

Rat Park – Revisiting a Drug Experiment

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Rat Park – Revisiting a Drug Experiment

This study perfectly highlights the positive power of creative and stimulating environments, as well as connecting with others through play.  Things we strive for in our work at The Open Fort.

30 September

Mental & Emotional Nutrition

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Mental & Emotional Nutrition

Exercising and eating healthy food makes us feel good, but it also builds up a strong and resilient body. When we face problems, our healthy body can rise to the challenge and we can use our strength. But what about the mind? What did you feed your mind today? How did you exercise it? Check […]