Week 6

Weekly Assignments

  • Daily Drift
  • Weekly Wandering
  • Reflection
  • To Review
  • Notes
  • Classmate Feedback

Team Blinky Leaders of Your Field Presentations

Present the information you’ve gathered about the Leaders of the Field you’ve chosen for your Thesis project.

Review this Week’s Reading

  • “Customers as Innovators” from The Innovator’s Cookbook
  • “The Slow Hunch” from Where Good Ideas Come From

Assignments for Week 6

  • “Serendipity” from Where Good Ideas Come From

Weekly Assignments (due before the break 10/13)

  • Daily Drift – Google Drive doc, 300 words daily, stream of consciousness to kick start your creativity (share link with me only)
  • Weekly Wandering – take a walk, go running, whatever, capture your thoughts in words, pictures, sketches, music, video – whatever helps you express your thoughts, Google Drive doc (share link on Google Community).
  • Reflection – at the end of the week, reflect on everything you’ve gathered & pondered. Write 300 or more words in a Google doc trying to organize it into a cohesive whole (share link on Google Community).
  • To Review – a list of links in a Google Drive spreadsheet; videos, books, films, etc, you’d like to review later (share link on Google Community)
  • Notes – notes in a Google Drive doc on your ‘To Review’ materials for the week (share link on Google Community)
  • Classmate Feedback – comment on 2 or more classmates’ posts to our class Google Community

One-Time Assignments

Leaders of Your Field – 3 points for presentation; 3 for write-up
Everyone should post your written Leaders of The Field assignments to the Google Community before the break on 10/13.

Future the Field – 3 points for presentation; 3 for write-up
Looking forward in your chosen field, what changes do you expect to see in the next three years? Think in terms of the “adjacent possible” as described by Steven Johnson — what doors can be opened now, and what rooms might those doors lead to? Present a hypothetical but realistic innovation in your field that will impact the sort of work your future you is doing. For example, if you considered yourself an interface designer three years ago, you could have realistically predicted that multi-touch tablets would have a considerable impact on your work today, even though you didn’t know the details of the hardware or software.

Your prediction should be grounded in observation of recent trends as well as the expectations of current experts in the field.

Members of Team Inky will present their ideas on October 20. Use web sites, videos, images or any other media to help support your vision of the future. Refer to these additional guidelines for an effective presentation.

Everyone in the class — regardless of team — must write things up their ideas about the future as a Google Doc on the Google Community, incorporating or responding to the feedback of classmates, if appropriate. Post your ideas before class on October 27, and assign it to the “Future of the Field” category. This text will inform your upcoming formal project proposal. You’ll be graded not only on the thoroughness of your research, but on how effectively you present your ideas in writing. Use headings or other formatting to lend clarity and organization to your Google Doc, and keep these guidelines in mind. Your post should be at least 700 words.

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