Everybody Put Your Thinking Caps On
Dominic Wilcox is a British designer and inventor from Sunderland, United Kingdom. Wilcox’s zany inventions have been displayed in exhibits around the world, and the level of creativity and innovation in his work is undeniable. But when Dominic appeared on Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his work, one thing shocked audiences: he had left school as a young man.
It was actually a tutor named Charlie Holmes who showed Wilcox a book of intentions that inspired his passion and life’s work. The huge impact this gesture had inspired Wilcox to extend the favor to the children in his hometown. So he launched a project called “INVENTORS!” in which he leads workshops to inspire and encourage children to design their own inventions, and links them with craftsmen in the area to bring their inventions to life.
The INVENTORS! website describes their mission as, “Instead of just putting the drawings on the fridge door as most adults do with a child’s drawings, why not push the ideas as far as they can go? Taking the power of children’s imaginations seriously and see where it leads to.”
Needless to say, the imaginations of these young kids ran wild, and the inventions they came up with range from fantastical to AMAZINGLY useful!