Awesome free form design jam with great free food.
— Participant

This page contains materials and photos from a convening I hosted and facilitated with the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC and the Exploratorium in San Francisco.  The two-day workshop invited exhibit developers, museum educators, grant leadership, and then a dozen Durhamites from various backgrounds — music, visual arts, social scientists, computer programmers, digital media, urban gardening, videography — to think together about experiences we might design as a part of our NSF-funded grant about social dynamics. It was inspired by an experience I had with the fine folks at Future of Fish in New Orleans in the summer of 2013.  I've included links to artifacts from this experience to paint a picture of what happened.

The format was fantastic. As someone who also facilitates meetings and convenings, I really enjoyed seeing a couple of new ways to make a collaborative, creative session work in a way that produced tangible and actionable outputs.
— Participant
I’ve thought about the format a lot and how to make meetings that have the general feel of openness that the meeting had.
— Participant
I got to spend 2 days with some really diverse, creative people, coming up with ideas for social experiments that might make a real difference in the world. I left feeling intrigued, refreshed, and inspired. Oh— and there was really good food.
— Participant

The workshop culminated in five viable experiences, all of which have informed the work of the grant and several of which were realized completely.

The [convening] is what good conventions are like-collaborations, laughter, ideas, all with a sense of ease and urgency.
— Participant