11Mar Spreading ‘All Things Coronavirus’ Positively – That’s 3D!
I love finding (and sharing) ‘positive’ stories and in these uncertain and negative times created by Coronavirus, here’s a brilliant story of ‘innovation’ from a 17 year old who has helped ‘spread the word’ about washing your hands to reduce the spread of the virus.
You may have seen the ‘Government advice’ to wash your hands for 20 seconds and they suggested that you sang ‘Happy Birthday’ twice to account for the 20 seconds (or for the more ‘patriotic’ of us, ‘The National Anthem’!).
Well, 17 year old William Gibson thought it would be better if the public had a better choice of song to encourage them to wash for those 20 seconds, so he developed a website that does just that!
His not-for-profit Wash Your Lyrics site allows users to enter the title of their chosen song and artist and it automatically generates a poster matching the lyrics to the 13-step washing routine!
“It just felt so sad singing Happy Birthday to myself every time I washed my hands,” said William, so he came up with an alternative. It’s a brilliant example of 3D Characteristic #7: InnovatiON – the ‘Successful exploitation of new ideas’ – it’s about spotting a problem and doing something about it.
William has taught himself to create websites and ‘apps’ by watching YouTube videos since he got interested in computer technology aged nine!
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most popular choice on the website so far, followed by “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, “All Star” by Smash Mouth, and “Africa” by Toto – Mine goes to Peter Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill’ which you can see below…
What do you do to encourage innovation in your people? Go on, give it a try – share a problem with them and get their ideas – Yes, even your 17 year olds!
In fact, especially your 17 year olds!