And what a week. I almost can’t remember all the stuff that we have been doing – but I know it’s been great. I began the second day by coming in 30 minutes late, because I had misread an e-mail. Great start… That morning we were introduced to a technique called something like “creative writing” (can’t remember the exact term), but the concept is that we write for approx. 15 minutes or three full pages about anything that comes to mind. Karen Ward (our excellent teambuilding facilitator) gave us a journal each (mine is brown) to get started with. In the beginning it seemed a bit weird, but already next morning I actually found myself looking forward to this exercise. There is something relaxing about just emptying the brain for 15 minutes. I think I will try to continue doing this at least every weekday – but let’s see. I have a habit of forgetting these kinds of things after a while.
Later that tuesday we did our first development project – it was very short and based on some materials that Karen gave us in a box. The development process was supposed to be the opposite of what is best practice – so we started out by designing a product, and then later we defined a target group and the needs and pains of this group. We ended up designing a product called “the Camelo” – the Carnival Member Locator. A device for locating lost and/or drunk friends at a party or carnival. Of course the product was a true multi-purpose product, that would also solve all your other problems. Well, at least most of them…
When the projects were done, we presented them to the other groups, while Vinay documented it all on video.
The next project to come was the “Copenhagen Survival”-project, which was a 2-day project from wednesday to thursday. The brief was to design a product or a service that would help foreigners survive in Copenhagen. It could be either short-term or long-term. A lot of fun products came out of the project, especially the “Aesthetical Integration Tool” (in short: AI), that would help foreigners blend in with the stylish Danes was quite cool. After the presentations Thursday afternoon, CIID set up a nice party for the students and people with relation to CIID. Nice party means lots of beer, pizza, cake, wine and mighty fine people.