TEDxDUMBO (an unofficial, crowd-sourced report)

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This is an unofficial crowd-sourced document reflecting the impact and ideas shared at TEDxDUMBO (2010). The content was sourced from the audience live at the event. This document is offered in the context of a presentation reflecting on the practice of crowd-sourcing, participatory art, and rapid prototyping; and how this practice can influence the way we think about sharing our work.

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TEDxDUMBO (an unofficial, crowd-sourced report)

  1. 1. a crowd-sourced* rapidly documented report on TEDxDUMBO x an independently organized TED event *thanks to the audience of TEDxDUMBO for contributing to this document!
  2. 2. or... An attempt at engaging you by talking about us. presented by: Stephanie Pereira
  3. 3. My name is Stephanie. I run the education program at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.
  4. 4. My name is Stephanie. I run the education program at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. I have a wonderful job! I spend my days working with artists, engineers, hackers, activists, designers, and otherwise creative folks, thinking about how to engage people in creative practice.
  5. 5. My name is Stephanie. I run the education program at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. I have a wonderful job! I spend my days working with artists, engineers, hackers, activists, designers, and otherwise creative folks, thinking about how to engage people in creative practice. At my job, words like "crowd sourcing" "participatory practice" and "rapid prototyping" get used ALL the time. These words - words which must sound like jargon to you! - reflect some of the core ideas of our thinking.
  6. 6. Learning To Love Your More by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher
  7. 7. Say goodbye. Feel the News. Teach us an exercise. Start a lecture series. Spend time with a dying Person Ask your family to describe what you do. Learning To Love Your More by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher
  8. 8. Learning To Love Your More by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher
  9. 9. "Like a recipe, meditation practice, or familiar song, the prescriptive nature of these assignments is intended to guide people towards their own experience." - learningtoloveyoumore.com
  10. 10. Learning to Love You More is an example of CROWD SOURCED, PARTICIPATORY ART. The nature and frequency of the assignments invited responses that, while thoughtful, were more about action and intuition. This methodology in some ways reflects a creative process known as RAPID PROTOTYPING.
  11. 11. Learning to Love You More is an example of CROWD SOURCED, PARTICIPATORY ART. The nature and frequency of the assignments invited responses that, while thoughtful, were more about action and intuition. This methodology in some ways reflects a creative process known as RAPID PROTOTYPING. This project moved thousands of people to respond and connect through creative engagement. Through the documentation and sharing of simple, creative directives, a community was formed.
  12. 12. Learning to Love You More is an example of CROWD SOURCED, PARTICIPATORY ART. The nature and frequency of the assignments invited responses that, while thoughtful, were more about action and intuition. This methodology in some ways reflects a creative process known as RAPID PROTOTYPING. This project moved thousands of people to respond and connect through creative engagement. Through the documentation and sharing of simple, creative directives, a community was formed. Through nothing more than documentation, I am struck by the energy, ideas, and spirit represented via this community.
  13. 13. Using this methodology as a mantra, as a template, as a way of being,
  14. 14. Using this methodology as a mantra, as a template, as a way of being, I want us as a community to RETHINK THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT, WRITE ABOUT, AND SHARE OUR WORK.
  15. 15. Using this methodology as a mantra, as a template, as a way of being, I want us as a community to RETHINK THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT, WRITE ABOUT, AND SHARE OUR WORK. Right here.
  16. 16. Using this methodology as a mantra, as a template, as a way of being, I want us as a community to RETHINK THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT, WRITE ABOUT, AND SHARE OUR WORK. Right here. Right now.
  17. 17. RAPID DOCUMENTATION, a primer.
  18. 18. RAPID DOCUMENTATION, a primer. 1.Choose the medium
  19. 19. RAPID DOCUMENTATION, a primer. 1.Choose the medium 2.Set-up simple structure
  20. 20. RAPID DOCUMENTATION, a primer. 1.Choose the medium 2.Set-up simple structure 3.Identify a process for collecting, filtering, and inputing information
  21. 21. RAPID DOCUMENTATION, a primer. 1.Choose the medium 2.Set-up simple structure 3.Identify a process for collecting, filtering, and inputing information 4.Share it!
  22. 22. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY!
  23. 23. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! We are going to work together to create our collective interpretation of what we have learned and been inspired by so far today. Our first RAPID DOCUMENT!
  24. 24. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! We are going to work together to create our collective interpretation of what we have learned and been inspired by so far today. Our first RAPID DOCUMENT! For each speaker and video we have watched, I have created the following template, to be filled in by us:
  25. 25. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! We are going to work together to create our collective interpretation of what we have learned and been inspired by so far today. Our first RAPID DOCUMENT! For each speaker and video we have watched, I have created the following template, to be filled in by us: 1. The BIG IDEA(s) they shared.
  26. 26. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! We are going to work together to create our collective interpretation of what we have learned and been inspired by so far today. Our first RAPID DOCUMENT! For each speaker and video we have watched, I have created the following template, to be filled in by us: 1. The BIG IDEA(s) they shared. 2. Things they said that excited us. (most importantly, our takeaways)
  27. 27. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued.
  28. 28. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued. This process will be quick and dirty. We have only a handful of minutes to get it down.
  29. 29. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued. This process will be quick and dirty. We have only a handful of minutes to get it down. As each slide comes up, I will rely on you - call and response style - to throw out some ideas in response to each prompt.
  30. 30. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued. This process will be quick and dirty. We have only a handful of minutes to get it down. As each slide comes up, I will rely on you - call and response style - to throw out some ideas in response to each prompt. I will capture a few responses, and then move on.
  31. 31. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued. This process will be quick and dirty. We have only a handful of minutes to get it down. As each slide comes up, I will rely on you - call and response style - to throw out some ideas in response to each prompt. I will capture a few responses, and then move on. Following me there are still two more talks. I invite you to help me finish this project later today.
  32. 32. OUR CHALLENGE TODAY! continued. This process will be quick and dirty. We have only a handful of minutes to get it down. As each slide comes up, I will rely on you - call and response style - to throw out some ideas in response to each prompt. I will capture a few responses, and then move on. Following me there are still two more talks. I invite you to help me finish this project later today. No later than 4PM, I will upload our completed presentation to the internet.
  33. 33. Ready?
  34. 34. Act I: How We Live in the Arts
  35. 35. Michael Hanson Cognitive Psychologist & Creativity Curmudgeon
  36. 36. said he would talk to us about... The Concept of Creativity:  Liberation & Challenge some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Ensemble, Creativity can be found inside and outside the box, Think about creativity not in sentences but in paragraphs,you need to be prepared to be wrong to be creative, creativity is recent concept, creativity is freedom. we got excited when... ALL OF THE ABOVE! Create curriculum that breaks and follows the rules, we loved the Venn Diagram, We were charged to not live in our heads, we have to globalize creativity
  37. 37. TEDTalk: Sir Ken Robinson Creativity Expert http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  38. 38. said he would talk to us about... Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: We don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it Intelligence is diverse, dynamic and distinct Creativity is as important as Literacy we got excited when... He told great jokes! He shared the story about the child who had to move to think. Education system currently produces frustrated people. When he reminded us that shakespeare was once a kid, and had an english teacher. The world is evolving, education should as well (beyond the industrial model its predicated on)
  39. 39. Hope Mayes Student & Performer
  40. 40. said she would talk to us about... The ‘Ms. Sun’ in All of Us some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Finding your identity through engaging in art. Performing to demonstrate depth. we got excited when... It was so incredible that she got up there - performing, and showing us the different characters. And then connecting those characters to her own life, and the people she knew. "Only boring people are bored."
  41. 41. Faybienne Miranda Word Tactician / Truth Teller
  42. 42. said she would talk to us about... The Power of Words some BIG IDEAS in this performance and talk were: (THE TITLE IS SO RIGHT!) Self-empowerment, self- awareness, connection and community! we got excited when... She said...Words are seeds, words are bullets Breath is the fuel that feeds the words. The fact that she PERFORMED, rather than just talking about it. To spit words, is to taste truth
  43. 43. TEDTalk: Taylor Mali Slam Poet http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/taylor_mali_what_teachers_make.html
  44. 44. said he would talk to us about... What teachers make some BIG IDEAS in this performance were: Teachers make a god damn difference. Poetry heals. we got excited by... his energy! he spoke truth. (it went by so fast, its hard to remember.)
  45. 45. Josh Ramos-Diaz Student & Poet
  46. 46. said he would talk to us about... “Red, White and Blues” & talk about the impact of the arts on him. some BIG IDEAS in this performance and talk were: "We are the American Dream" Self-expression. Art saves lives. (really) we got excited when... He was so BRAVE he told his story was so real. He was so open, and so wise. In his work, his poetry, and in him speaking about himself as an artist.
  47. 47. Garry Golden Futurist
  48. 48. said he would talk to us about... Arts Experiences & the Future of Learning some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Disruptive Change, 3rd Place (as the place where we bring and create art) we got excited when... •When he talked about how you can't expect to tear everything down and build something new, but rather work within current structures. We really got into futurism in a way we didn't think we would - the authenticity of his voice really made us think of futurism as a field.
  49. 49. and then we took a BREAK! (when some of thought about how as performers, we think about how people perform. we were also impressed by Hope, jumping in and playing the drums.)
  50. 50. Act II: How We Learn in the Arts
  51. 51. TEDTalk: Gever Tulley Founder of the Tinkering School http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action.html
  52. 52. said he would talk to us about... Tinkering School in Action some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Trusting our kids. Being willing to fail (gleeful calamity!) - being able to take risks, is the only way anything good ever happens. we got excited when... It just made us want to build something, right now. We liked that the students built a roller- coaster, rather than something "useful" - the sheer joy of it is valuable enough! Why is this not in NY!?!? The idea of a gokart would be thrilling to any kid (and us).
  53. 53. Scott Conti Principal, New Design High School
  54. 54. said he would talk to us about... Developmental approach to schooling some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: VIGOR not Rigor. Life is making meaning. Education as a useful tool, not just a system a child needs to get through, but something that actually helps them in life. Seeing the child not just the student. we got excited when... That he referred to an actual student, and took us on his life journey (we could each connect to that journey at different points, which made the story more meaningful). "Isn't it interesting that the only time you get to talk to kids is after-school?"
  55. 55. Mark deGarmo Dancing Fool
  56. 56. said he would talk to us about... Accessing Embodied Imagination: Broadening Experiential Learning through Movement Improvisation some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Improvisation can include rehearsal and practice, and makes room for non-traditional learning Spontaneity is synonymous with the creative process. Life is bricolage we got excited when... he talked about removing the fear of making mistakes through teaching improvisation There isn't one standardized form of dancing, anything with your body is dancing, and it all should be celebrated.
  57. 57. how long will it take you to fill the tank? TEDTalk: Dan Meyer exploring the way we teach teachers to teach kids http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html
  58. 58. said he would talk to us about... Math Class Needs A Makeover some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Patient Problem solvers Kids are being taught to have their hands held, instead of taking initiative In word problems, less is MORE. Math text books suck. (all text books in general!) we got excited when... he talked about the kids getting impatient, and wanting to know the answer (we love teaching math!). ...he showed the visual breakdown of all the information provided in a word problem. When he put the math problem up, we were like NO MATH! but by the end, we realized that if math was realistic we wouldn't be afraid of it.
  59. 59. Renee Cloutier Principal, PS7X
  60. 60. said she would talk to us about... Rethinking Expectations: Connecting Children With Our Future some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Screw content, focus on skills. Creating a culture where you redefine basic terms before you start working. Roll out the red carpet for you students! we got excited when... we wondered... Where are the principals? (why aren't they here?) We were impressed that there were principals like her - warm, open-minded, intelligent.
  61. 61. STEPHANIE PEREIRA Participatory Arts Agitator
  62. 62. said she would talk to us about... Learning to Love You More some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: Rapid Documentation This isn't just a PowerPoint, this is a document. This presentation will be online by 4PM. we got excited when... She took a live performance and kept it living! She is a digital native. We go t excited when we realized we were going to be as cool as Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher.
  63. 63. TEDTalk: Derek Sivers Through his new project, MuckWork, Derek Sivers wants to lessen the burdens (and boredom) of creative people. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement.html
  64. 64. said she would talk to us about... How to start a movement some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: LEADERSHIP is OVER-GLORIFIED, nurture your first Embrace your followers as equals Before you can be a great leader, you need to know how to be a great follower as well! we got excited by... just the whole concept of how its not a movement until the second person - with the most courage - validates it.
  65. 65. Philip Courtney Executive Director of Urban Arts Partnership
  66. 66. said he would talk to us about... Statistics and Innovation: When worlds collide – things explode! some BIG IDEAS in this talk were: DON'T SAVE THE ARTS, evolve them. Evolve, Help each other, enjoy ourselves we got excited when... He stood on his head - and was able to keep his thoughts together. When he told us he was once a stripper, and that his mother is here. When he wondered, "Is it arts education?" Does it matter to the kids? Schools should be the most innovative places How do I innovate today, tomorrow? (we wondered, What will his kids' accents sound like?)
  67. 67. fin. followed by lunch, cupcakes, fundred making, and tango. (the red velvet cupcakes went first!)
  68. 68. Where are you going to collectively document your work? Places & Platforms for sharing your work: • Vimeo (good looking video; can create a slick page with no skills!) • Flickr (photo; use tags to collect images from a community) • Tumblr (easy blogging; geared toward short entries and multi-media) • Wordpress (sophisticated blogging; used to make free websites) • Facebook (social network; good for community building) • Twitter (micro-blogging; good for crowd-sourcing using tags)
  69. 69. Thank-you. • All of today’s presenters! • Today’s wonderful audience! • TEDxDUMBO organizing committee! • Galapagos for hosting us • To Steve Lambert for this font, “Lambert Brush” • And finally, Erik Fabian for letting me bounce my ideas off of him, and for helping me articulate my Rapid Documentation process
  70. 70. TEDxDUMBO (a true movement!) was organized by the NYC Regional Learning and Leadership Networks for Elementary Schools and Middle & High Schools, which have been funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Organizing Committee: •Philip Alexander, Empire State Partnerships •Karen Curlee, Together in Dance •Hawley Hussey, BRIC Arts Media Bklyn •Lois Olshan, PS 144Q •Lauren Brandt Schloss, Queens Museum of Art •Emily Shu, Campos Secondary School, Brooklyn
  71. 71. from the TEDx website: WHAT IS TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxDUMBO, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDUMBO event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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