Process

A brief look into what a client workshop might look like.

Pre-Workshop:

+ Interviewing
Cutting to the chase and asking questions that open up possible directions and ideas that might have been overlooked.
+ Defining
Defining the challenge to work towards, yet being aware that this could change course during a workshop.
+ Participants
Who do we need in the room to offer valuable insights? How might outside perspectives help with generating unique ideas?
+ Environment
Create a space that will foster creative ideas. Music, supplies, lighting, table setup, etc… they all play a huge role in the creative process—yet most people over look this.

Workshop:

+ Facilitation
Creating an opportunity to encourage people to get out of their comfort zone to rapidly prototype ideas based on conversations and exercises implemented during a workshop environment.
An example of a workshop might look like this:
1. Why we’re here
Sharing with the group high-level points we will learn and work through.
2. Creating the space
Establishing parameters towards an open environment. Stupid ideas welcome.
3. Challenge & Goals
Introducing the How might we (HMW) statement and going over goals for the workshop.
4. Melting the ice
Breaking down barriers by asking fun questions like, “What’s your hidden talent?”
5. Creative Thinking
A brief introduction to Design Thinking and other creative processes that will be used.
6. Thinking Wrong
Breaking your synaptic connections, which is key to coming up with unique solutions.
7. Getting Started
A Think Wrong exercise is given at the start. This is meant to get the creative juices flowing.
8. HMW + TW
How might thinking wrong help groups solve the HMW statement?
9. Magic!
It’s the conversations, the doodles, the ideas sparked, and the energy in the room.
10. Less Talk, More Rock
Start to prototype solutions. First iterations are created based on certain criteria.
11. Feedback
Groups present first revision. Feedback is given. Another round of prototyping if needed.
12. Next Steps
What small action steps can be defined with existing resources and who will do them?

Post-Workshop:

+ Strategize
What are the steps we need to consider before launching some of the solutions generated in a workshop?
+ Continuing to prototype
Quickly make and share visual solutions as we get out idea into the real world.
+ Resources
Using that we have (and have set up before the workshop) to help implement ideas into action.
+ Timeline / Responsibilities
What needs to be done when by whom. This is key. Ideas can’t take shape with people shaping them.

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