One of our members, Mike Fleisch, is a "Graphic Facilitator" for a living. This means that he goes into great corporate giant office meetings and scribes (writes and draws on a whiteboard) what occurs during that meeting. I'm totally amazed that this is actually a paying gig, but he is a wonderful leader in the world of collaboration. At his suggestion, we tried to do what he does in these corporate atmospheres with a creative angle. Rather than facilitate a corporate take-over (this is purely imagination on my part, I don't know if he really does that type of thing) he wanted to paricipate in something much more challenging: get creatives to collaborate on a project and come up with a product at the end of the collaborative effort. I was "in" on word one because I know how amazing Mike is. I'm pretty sure he's a legitimate genius, though his Mensa memebership is undisclosed but I can't stop using words like "brilliant", "mind-blowing smart" and "so, so cool" when I talk about him. Plus, I love stuff like this. Heavens, half the content I write on this blog is about analyzing the creative process. What a wonderful opportunity to witness and participate in the conception and birth of a creative project!
So yesterday, five of us who were able to clear our schedule almost the whole day, holed-up at Chase Public in Northside to see what would happen. Mike led the show with a completely professional presentation. We did what we were encouraged to do and let the magic happen. And magic it is. Without telling too much detail (there may be some tweaking of the process) I'll show some pictures of how the day progressed.
While you look at the photos, think about whether this is something you'd be stoked to do as well. Would you like to do an entire day? Two days? What do you think would make a great collaborative project? Is it something you'd do with strangers, or your creative group if you already have one? Is it something your kids would enjoy?
|Here is Mike presenting one of the creative exercises. An example of his "scribing" is on the chalkboard at the left.|
|Samples from our first creative visual "exercise".|
|Discussing our first exercise and enjoying coffee from Sidewinder's Cafe.|
|An "overview" of our creative table. Look at all the different media we brought (literally) to the table.|
|A peek into April's sketchbook after a writing exercise.|
|This discussion took place at the lovely couches by the windows. That's Dave holding back a witty remark about my writing sample. :o)|
|Mike sharing something that inspires him. It's a funky instrument thing. Very cool.|
|April sharing a song she wrote for a children's musical. Can you guess what inspires her?|
|Some of the ideas ready for dissection and elaboration.|