Step 0: individual idea generation (incubation) Step 1: small group interaction (build on) Step 2: intervention (widen views) Step 3: sharing ideas (broadcasting) Step 4: sense-making (clusters) Step 5: focus & develop Step 6: present & vote Program
Step 0: individual idea generation (incubation) Participants take home the question: “what will the Internet be used for in 20 years?” They ponder this question for 7 days individually,together with the accompanying question: “what do you use the Internet for today?”
Participants are 16 last-year students of Industrial Design & Engineering (Industrial/IT). Average age: 22. Activity is part of their Innovation course.Sample responses:● Instant shopping: Reconstitution of purchased items on 3D home printers, hologramshopping centers online with full global catalogues, online fitting and test rooms of itemswith augmented reality and tangible holograms where people can try out what they willbuy, showrooms that enter a personal preference database and shows the customerworldwide offers and discounts on items focused on personal tastes and preferences.●Communication: augmented reality rooms where people far away from each other caninteract in a personalized environment with tangible virtual objects, neural gadgets wherepeople can receive instant voicemails or have conversations without the need of anelectronic device, wireless webcams that could life stream exactly what other people iswatching, feeling and hearing to another person far away.●Business: electronic avatar robots controllable online that people can rent to dosomething somewhere else without having to be present, tactile screen tables wherepeople can interact with files and images at the same time in two different places.
Step 1: small group interaction (build on) “World Café” activity (http://www.theworldcafe.com) Participants share, clarify and build on each othersideas in rapid sessions where teams are shuffled every5 minutes and a leader makes notes that are presented once all participants have participated in most teams
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Step 2: intervention (widen views)Workshop organiser gives a 10-minute presentation in order to give some perspective, widen the issues at hand and complement the World Cafés results.Ideas presented here include: Internet for development, future of semantic web, intelligent/creative online agents, future hardware devices, knowledge society...
Step 3: sharing ideas (broadcasting)Participants are given 10 Post-It notes and asked to write down one idea on each paper and paste it on the wall. Ideas are prioritised, summarised and shared with everyone.
Step 4: sense-making (clusters)In groups of 3, participants read and organise the ideas into clusters, grouping them in topics. Each group has only a couple of minutes to contribute, all participants have a go at arranging and re-arranging the ideas.
Step 5: focus & developTeams are self-organised around the main topics chosen by the workshop organisers. They work on a concretetheme, build a set of proposals and prepare a quick pitch to present to the entire group.
Step 6: present & voteTeams present their results and the rest of the groupprovides feedback in three categories: “I like...”, “You should look into...”, and “I didnt like...”They do this by writing down their feedback in Post-It Notes that are pasted on the wall