The 60-minute session I led at a Creativity Lab afternoon hosted by the UK Market Research Society (MRS) in London began with a glimpse at the story of This One's 4 Ruby which is always special to share. We moved from there to wishes. The phrase "I wish…." is a powerful one for innovators and inventors. It was great to hear the rustle and occasional gentle laughter as people allowed themselves to wish. With our wishes spread across the flowers like dandelion orbs about to seed, I shared a story of great ingenuity as a way of introducing the StoryFORMs framework.
People then worked on their own StoryFORMs, individually or in groups. One table of seven imagined a dream recording machine. Another group of five dreamt up a system of rain quotas that would redirect unwanted showers to drought-ridden areas. It was a joy to ask and field questions, and our hour together was quickly up.
Here are some photos, taken of the group that gathered in the Crypt at St James Church in Clerkenwell, just around the corner from our old offices at Clerkenwell Workshops.
It was a joy to run this workshop.
Also, I loved:
- hearing from poet Ian Florance, who reminded us of the cultish nature of organisations and offered us mashup techniques that immediately had my mind whirring,
- singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" in rounds with occupational psychologist Jake Farr and her husband music therapist Jon Kingsley Hall,
- and weighing in on a speed-ideation led by early stage ideas man Richard Rees.
It was a great afternoon, and even The Three Kings mysteriously running out of Guinness didn't put a dent on my day. In the pub, it was lovely to see how open and relaxed people's faces had become, and how intent their conversations. So many of us started as strangers….and I know I'm not the only one who left with new friends.
Thank you, MRS.