by Alvaro Montagna, Co-Founder of Unarthodox
You know, I've always questioned authority. Not the type that comes from laws and regulation, but the virtual type. The authority that is enforced by society and fueled by expectations, trends, responsibility, traditions, etc.
For instance, we are constantly judged by our peers based on what we do for for a living. One of the first thing one asks when meeting someone new (especially in a professional environment) is, “So what do you do?” There are assumptions and expectations that are made instantly, simply by what your profession is. But who cares what you do, it doesn’t define you. At least for the most part.
I, on the other hand, ask, so what do you do…for fun? Immediately I get an “oh!…ok…umm…for fun?…umm”. My theory is that the topic of fun, really opens up the window to genuine conversation. What a person does for fun, tells me more about them than what they do for work. Eventually, the “work topic” comes up but doesn’t dominate the conversation.
Fun is to you keeping your mind sane as sleep is to repairing your body. If you don’t get the right amount of sleep, you don’t physiologically function properly. If you don’t get enough fun, you’ll go freaking crazy. And this is what I'm interested in…the fun factor.
Keeping the mind sane is like learning a language. You have to be immersed in it or practice it often, otherwise, you will never be good at it. It’s like the sharpen your saw theory. Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–your mind. If you are constantly cutting down trees without sharpening your saw, your productivity level will eventually drop to zero. You work ten times as hard, to only achieve 10% productivity.
So this is why fun is the basis here at Unarthodox. Our mission is simply to provide a platform where groups and individual, can create, explore and experiment with their creativity, while socializing and simply having fun!
When was the last time you actually created something just to create? Not just art, but anything. A long time I would assume. When was the last time you experienced something completely different?
We are all born with the desire to express ourselves. And one of the few ways to truly express yourself, is being creative, making art, and enjoying it. Not just painting, sculpting and writing, but also performing, moving, and dancing.
Creative expression can benefit your brain and mental health to make you a happier, healthier person.
You don’t need stress management, you need fun management. The average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are exactly the same day in, day out! Get yourself out of that rut! As Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Art encourages creative thinking, enhances problem-solving skills, boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment.
Creating art increases the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine has been called the “motivation molecule.” It boosts drive, focus, and concentration.
Our focus at Unarthodox is to offer team building and team outing experiences with a fun, artistic or “Unarthodox” twist.
We don’t like to call it team building, we say Productive Fun! Telling your colleagues or employees that you’re all going to a team building activity instantly puts on pressure and expectations.
“Oh, I guess I’m going to have to pair up with Karen, ugh, I don’t want to pair up with Karen” This instantly creates pressures and assumptions on how something is going to go…stressful!
So at Unarthodox, we sort of…disguise this. It’s like telling kids that what they are about to eat, although delicious, has vegetables in it. Cue in the apprehension and skepticism.
We designed all of our experiences to appear like they are simply a good time but secretly hide, well…the vegetables. It not only tastes good, but it’s good for you too! Or, it’s not only fun, but productive. You get the comparison.
So forget the charts, deadlines, and responsibilities for a couple of hours and come sharpen your saw! I guarantee that you will have a blast!
See you soon!