— ian hutchison (@niceonehutch) October 10, 2013
Ben: So let’s reflect on the morning – what were our thoughts on how the day kicked off?
Ian: For starters, Carrie‘s enthusiasm and arm waving – very impressive engagement of such a large audience. The background music still playing during the opening introductions (I don’t think it was intentional) was wonderfully motivational. I wanted someone to start shouting at us, “you are amazing, you will do amazing things, be happy and earn lots of money”. Followed up by, “Just sign here for our 12 week programme at an exclusive discount offer of £3k”. Thankfully we were just encouraged to apply for the scholarship instead!
Ben: There was also the familiar reference to the Graph of Doom – although possibly misquoted as originating somewhere other than our friend Sam Markey – which has evolved into the Tart of Darkness! Is that from the Mighty Boosh? It would be good to hear the more positive ‘Graph of Boom’ sometimes too.. (courtesy of @designcomedy)
— Benjamin G Wilson (@Seprothia) October 10, 2013
Ian: I enjoyed Joel Bailey comparing us to a “School of Guts”! Made me think of bad American teen movies!
Ben: Back to Carrie’s gesticulations – the anti-jargon arm-wave should be adopted everywhere. Actually it wasn’t an easy ride for any speakers!
Ian: Is the real problem when words/language are used (whether consciously or not) in a way that creates a feeling of exclusivity? It feels like trying to get in a members-only bar. On the other hand, we all need to be ok with new words (though not necessarily jargon phrases) that describe new ways of working – prototype means something different to pilot, coproduction is different to consultation. I want to make sure I’m using particular words for the right reasons, and not come across like I’m trying to sound clever. Also, challenge is healthy but sharing learning is loads better. I can’t be the only person who gets the irony of “jargon-buster”?
Ben: What feels really positive (and different to 99.9% of conferences, events and meetings) is to have an environment where people feel inspired to be vocal, and are able to directly engage the speaker – as a result you get a lot of energy and emotion in a room, which is a good basis for making things happen!
Ian: I’ll confess I got a bit distracted by Twitter during the detailed questions about the accelerator etc. Maybe it could have been handled through a surgery type thing at lunch time. Or maybe I just have a short attention span! Thankfully not everyone speaking needed the *comedy* mic, which reminded me of Norman Collier, a comedian from the 80s.
Ian: Seriously though, the technical issues were really will handled. And it didn’t phase the people pitching their ideas, who were more than willing to jump up and deal with the mic cutting out – good effort!
Ben: It’s not easy pitching an idea to a big group of diverse people – especially if it’s quite an early-stages concept. We listened to 18 pitches…although interestingly at lunch we could only really remember “1% dude” and “the flood guy”. Thankfully the ideas were written up on the board, but some needed more explanation.
— Lucy Watt (@Lucy_Watt) October 10, 2013
Ian: What would have worked for me is some kind of visual representation of the ideas presented, like a real-time graphic recording.
Ben: That would have been amazing! What about the great lunch from The People’s Supermarket?
@niceonehutch Thank you ever so much for saying so squire, lovely little beauties ain’t they?
— Timmy’s Pies (@timmys_pies) October 10, 2013
Ben: And the falafels were a surprisingly spicy delight. Good brain food ahead of the afternoon…
Part 2 coming soon…
We collaborated with RoomThirteen.com to film and produce a fantastic exclusive performance on-location at The Garage, London!
Jeff Angell of Walking Papers performed ‘Leave Me In The Dark’ and ‘A Place Like This’
– Ben @ PSD