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Best and Worst overall Project from Activate. April 8, 2010

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Yikes, What a Whirl Wind of Frantic Activity. Every time I thought I had a handle on the situation, it was but a fleeting moment. I experienced, Art vs Design, The Beer Box, Walk the line, The Friendly Giant Reading Corner and the White Box. Reading some of your experiences make me regret having not made a bigger effort to try them all.

I learned a lot, and my mind has been filled with more questions as each day passes.

Tie for Best

Beer Box/ Walk the Line

What was that talking 12 pack of Labatt’s 50 all about ???????

I visited the box twice, and had the pleasure of introducing him(?) to Alisha. Although the experience had no branding it’s Entrance was enticing. How often do you find a lonely 12 pack of beer sitting out side of 100 McCaul.?  The box was egging people on to talk with him, it’s voice amplified slightly to draw attention, obviously. Initially, I thought the beer box with the voice represented a little person who was perhaps living in the box, I guess because, there was a voice coming from within it.  I began quizzing him(?) about life in the box. Did he mind the lack of windows? He said he didn’t because there was always beer in his crib. I asked, Did he get out? No his friends came over because there was always beer. I’m now wondering if the word beer was in every sentence he spoke. This box definitely wanted to talk about beer. This limited our conversation in the end,  and sadly because of the redundancy of the conversation and fear of our set toppling over I left, without answers. But for 5 minutes it was intriguing, fun and un-threatening. I returned later to see how the box was faring, (This would have been about 2 oclock) and by this time he was a little more lewd. I think he’d been drinking. Mind you, wouldn’t it be nice if all drunk obnoxious people fit in a little box like that.

Beyond these thoughts I am still perplexed by what it all meant. I think confusion would be it’s reflective quality in my opinion. It was fun, simple and ambiguous. I liked it’s ambiguity, just because. But as a mode of communication I don’t think it was successful. It was more of an installation than a piece of experience design. Visceral, I’m not sure, the beer box on the table was intriguing, no doubt. And this made it’s mode of interaction clear. I should mention, the box had several body guards rather than hosts. I don’t think the experience has changed my behaviour. At least I hope I haven’t been having conversations with other inanimate objects.

Best 2

Walk the Line

This experience had great extension. All morning I had been wondering what was going on with the tape on the stairs. I was invited while, already walking the line ( with a friend, on the stairs) to walk the line further….inside. In this way  the user is practically engaged before they know it. This seems really smart psychologically. The branding was clean, you can use the 3 words literally, or metaphorically, meaning…”take the chance”. The host was fun and persuasive. Pretty simple script. I think it consisted of Come Now Walk the Line! and No you have to…..

The experience itself was simple in construction and well executed visually. Viscerally intriguing for me because it was much like a game of twister, consisting of 4 erratically zig-zagging lines painted in primary colours complicated by crisscrossing ropes at waist height stretching from side to side. The challenge was to choose any one of the 4 lines and together with a partner ” walk the line”. Here it is important to understand that one of the participants has been blindfolded. I liked the whole experience’s openness. I felt much more comfortable putting on a blindfold, having been able to see everything already. Here I think the stakes need to be higher. The interaction between friends is nice, and promotes trust and working together, but perhaps it’s a bit too “kiddy ride”.  After discarding tightrope walking  as an option,  I decided I would  incorporate the use of cell phones, and earbuds, having a bigger distance between the partners. A little like a remote controlled car, only voice activated human instead. Although I love all things tactile, this experience might be heightened by removing human contact other than voice. Some how I think the users would bond more deeply. Behaviorally, yes I do feel closer to my partner in “Walking the Line”after sharing the experience with her. This experience has stayed in my mind, as a fun memory of the day, so in that way I’ve reflected.

Worst

White Cube ( Cube)

Completely creepy top to bottom.  The concept of following people, and almost treating them like prey is disturbing. Was this experience designed to open our eyes to the possibility of being stalked? Having our information pirated ? Their intent is really foggy. I’m personally tired of being both stalked and living in a culture of fear, hence  it held absolutely no attraction. I’m not sure where the engagement ended in this one (are you engaged if your being stalked) There is an un pleasant reflective quality to this experience. I think alot of women would be really sensitive to this experience, particularily if they’ve ever been stalked . Here I must say their concept wasn’t clear, just creepy. Perhaps explaining the process to the user before they engage would be a more sensitive approach.


Activate Use Scenario from Blue Print Team April 4, 2010

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Activate User Scenario

Notes for:
Promo team
AV team
Props/Sets team
Hosts team

[Chaordic Collaboratorium]

Host note: overall “feel” or “style” is a bit like a show. With some flair. Not completely casual. The title itself is funky, “Collaboratorium”. It will be a performance.

Attraction:

The Set: A simple (white?)10’ x10’Box with 2 curtained entrances. Provocative words and phrases are written in black marker on 81/2 x 11 pieces of paper in neon colours (reflecting the post-its inside the experience).

➢ promo team
➢ A host greeter (wearing a t-shirt and nametag) suggests 3 to 5 people to go through the experience, “bring your friends!” “It’s a collaborating experience!” or group strangers into one (if the users are comfortable with it); think a bit like “circus”, coming into our tent! A little mystery, thought provoking maybe, fun, etc.

Maybe juggling, paper cubes…with words inside…
Entry:
➢ greeter pulls the outside curtain aside to reveal entrance and let user group in then close the curtain behind them, leaving them in the “chaos”
Engagement [1]:
➢ time based “chaos” experience, with audio and visual stimuli
➢ stimuli will be incoherent, stimuli includes: graphic collage on wall (prop set), projection of video towards user (AV), layered audio clips (AV)and 20pieces of ribbon staggered vertically( in length) in the space hanging to shoulder level.
➢ Stimuli will be flashing on the chaos collage, and the ribbons as well as the users.
➢ at about 30 seconds and the stimuli stops (audio and projection)
➢ immediately a host’s hand (can be gloved with bright colour maybe neon) protrudes through the slit in the curtain wall (~at chest height) and presents the user team with an origami cube made of translucent paper (tracing paper for ex.) with a word or phrase, topic written on the inside of the paper (which will show through the translucency), together with an audio “ding!” (i.e. with front desk bell)
➢ after the users take the cube from the host, the dividing curtain will be pulled back to reveal the second half of the room and make the room whole (the rest of the room will be mostly white, with projection on a white board)

Engagement [2]:
➢ host greets and introduces the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” (a place for collaboration, where senses are made from chaos, etc.)
➢ host instruct the users to “take the word, phrase, idea out of the box” “release the word out of the box” something to gently suggest “ think outside the box” with out giving it to them completely.
➢ The users then open the origami cube and read the word inside.
➢ The then Hosts introduces the activity.
Activity

Users have 2:30 minutes to collaborate and link the word, term or phrase on the origami paper with the word term or phrase written on the neon post-it note on the white board.
Note: We will brain storm in Sunday with some thought provoking words. And prepare some cubes and signs for the outside( the carrot). Juice it up so to speak. By expanding the rules to include phrases and terms we make the challenge more controversial. The psychology here is; people want a voice in these matters.

➢ host gestures towards the post-it pads and markers, and white board, indicating they are available for use in brain storming.
➢ the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” logo and a timer are now be projected on the board; once everything is introduced the timer will start counting down from 2:30 (minutes) (one person control projection; anyone from our class). Perhaps some audio begins, something that symbolizes space and clarity.
➢ the users are free to collaborate using post-its and whiteboard to complete one statement. They users write this statement on a post it note. The host is not involved in their thought process, but just facilitates with supplies and perhaps juggling paper cubes ({can anyone juggle?} Could this make the stakes seem higher… add a “don’t drop the ball”sense to the room and the activity ).
➢ The user team has now used up all their time.
➢ The host asks permission to take a photo of the group complete with the their collaboration and statement written in larger letters on the white board.
➢ The hosts also then ask if the users would like the photo emailed to them or, offer take photos for the users.
➢ Now the host asks the users to select 2 words, terms, topics or phrases that are not the same ones given to them at the onset of the challenge.The can use words that are, or are not taken from their final statement.

Note:
Here the host can encourage the users to raise the stakes by making the challenge more difficult, or thought provoking, and creative. They are through thought, linking two seemingly unrelated things. Which is the basis of all creative thinking ( according to Objects and Environments).

➢ The host then asks the user to circle the 2 words, terms, topics or phrases on their “statement post-it” if they are included as part of their statement. If the words aren’t in the statement, they can add them with marker, even linking post its together.(This allows the user to process the thought further).
➢ Having made their 2 selections, the users now write one thought on a neon“post it” and the second on a piece of translucent origami paper( just like they where presented with in the beginning of the challenge).
➢ The host wisks the piece of origami paper off into the hands of another exiting host.
➢ The host show the users the lineage of words being accumulated so far in the projection (with the users photos beside the words), users see themselves adding to the evolution of ideas; and host stick the post-it note with the statement to the wall with the growing collage of previous final statements.
➢ Another piece of neon paper with the same word is added to the group of words on paper, on the outside of the box.
➢ When this occurs, some twinkling audio magical, happy sound emits, just for length of the action, emphasizing the contribution.
➢ Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)
➢ The users exit; fighting amongst themselves for the little piece of origami paper, the lasting metaphor and memory of their contribution to “The “Chaortic Collabratorium”. Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)

Meanwhile, A second host folds the origami paper with the new word, term, topic or phrase for the next group. In fact, Everything resets, ready for the next group.

Activate User Scenario

Notes for:
Promo team
AV team
Props/Sets team
Hosts team

[Chaordic Collaboratorium]

Host note: overall “feel” or “style” is a bit like a show. With some flair. Not completely casual. The title itself is funky, “Collaboratorium”. It will be a performance.

Attraction:

The Set: A simple (white?)10’ x10’Box with 2 curtained entrances. Provocative words and phrases are written in black marker on 81/2 x 11 pieces of paper in neon colours (reflecting the post-its inside the experience).

➢ promo team
➢ A host greeter (wearing a t-shirt and nametag) suggests 3 to 5 people to go through the experience, “bring your friends!” “It’s a collaborating experience!” or group strangers into one (if the users are comfortable with it); think a bit like “circus”, coming into our tent! A little mystery, thought provoking maybe, fun, etc.

Maybe juggling, paper cubes…with words inside…
Entry:
➢ greeter pulls the outside curtain aside to reveal entrance and let user group in then close the curtain behind them, leaving them in the “chaos”
Engagement [1]:
➢ time based “chaos” experience, with audio and visual stimuli
➢ stimuli will be incoherent, stimuli includes: graphic collage on wall (prop set), projection of video towards user (AV), layered audio clips (AV)and 20pieces of ribbon staggered vertically( in length) in the space hanging to shoulder level.
➢ Stimuli will be flashing on the chaos collage, and the ribbons as well as the users.
➢ at about 30 seconds and the stimuli stops (audio and projection)
➢ immediately a host’s hand (can be gloved with bright colour maybe neon) protrudes through the slit in the curtain wall (~at chest height) and presents the user team with an origami cube made of translucent paper (tracing paper for ex.) with a word or phrase, topic written on the inside of the paper (which will show through the translucency), together with an audio “ding!” (i.e. with front desk bell)
➢ after the users take the cube from the host, the dividing curtain will be pulled back to reveal the second half of the room and make the room whole (the rest of the room will be mostly white, with projection on a white board)

Engagement [2]:
➢ host greets and introduces the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” (a place for collaboration, where senses are made from chaos, etc.)
➢ host instruct the users to “take the word, phrase, idea out of the box” “release the word out of the box” something to gently suggest “ think outside the box” with out giving it to them completely.
➢ The users then open the origami cube and read the word inside.
➢ The then Hosts introduces the activity.
Activity

Users have 2:30 minutes to collaborate and link the word, term or phrase on the origami paper with the word term or phrase written on the neon post-it note on the white board.
Note: We will brain storm in Sunday with some thought provoking words. And prepare some cubes and signs for the outside( the carrot). Juice it up so to speak. By expanding the rules to include phrases and terms we make the challenge more controversial. The psychology here is; people want a voice in these matters.

➢ host gestures towards the post-it pads and markers, and white board, indicating they are available for use in brain storming.
➢ the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” logo and a timer are now be projected on the board; once everything is introduced the timer will start counting down from 2:30 (minutes) (one person control projection; anyone from our class). Perhaps some audio begins, something that symbolizes space and clarity.
➢ the users are free to collaborate using post-its and whiteboard to complete one statement. They users write this statement on a post it note. The host is not involved in their thought process, but just facilitates with supplies and perhaps juggling paper cubes ({can anyone juggle?} Could this make the stakes seem higher… add a “don’t drop the ball”sense to the room and the activity ).
➢ The user team has now used up all their time.
➢ The host asks permission to take a photo of the group complete with the their collaboration and statement written in larger letters on the white board.
➢ The hosts also then ask if the users would like the photo emailed to them or, offer take photos for the users.
➢ Now the host asks the users to select 2 words, terms, topics or phrases that are not the same ones given to them at the onset of the challenge.The can use words that are, or are not taken from their final statement.

Note:
Here the host can encourage the users to raise the stakes by making the challenge more difficult, or thought provoking, and creative. They are through thought, linking two seemingly unrelated things. Which is the basis of all creative thinking ( according to Objects and Environments).

➢ The host then asks the user to circle the 2 words, terms, topics or phrases on their “statement post-it” if they are included as part of their statement. If the words aren’t in the statement, they can add them with marker, even linking post its together.(This allows the user to process the thought further).
➢ Having made their 2 selections, the users now write one thought on a neon“post it” and the second on a piece of translucent origami paper( just like they where presented with in the beginning of the challenge).
➢ The host wisks the piece of origami paper off into the hands of another exiting host.
➢ The host show the users the lineage of words being accumulated so far in the projection (with the users photos beside the words), users see themselves adding to the evolution of ideas; and host stick the post-it note with the statement to the wall with the growing collage of previous final statements.
➢ Another piece of neon paper with the same word is added to the group of words on paper, on the outside of the box.
➢ When this occurs, some twinkling audio magical, happy sound emits, just for length of the action, emphasizing the contribution.
➢ Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)
➢ The users exit; fighting amongst themselves for the little piece of origami paper, the lasting metaphor and memory of their contribution to “The “Chaortic Collabratorium”. Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)

Meanwhile, A second host folds the origami paper with the new word, term, topic or phrase for the next group. In fact, Everything resets, ready for the next group.

Activate User Scenario

Notes for:
Promo team
AV team
Props/Sets team
Hosts team

[Chaordic Collaboratorium]

Host note: overall “feel” or “style” is a bit like a show. With some flair. Not completely casual. The title itself is funky, “Collaboratorium”. It will be a performance.

Attraction:

The Set: A simple (white?)10’ x10’Box with 2 curtained entrances. Provocative words and phrases are written in black marker on 81/2 x 11 pieces of paper in neon colours (reflecting the post-its inside the experience).

➢ promo team
➢ A host greeter (wearing a t-shirt and nametag) suggests 3 to 5 people to go through the experience, “bring your friends!” “It’s a collaborating experience!” or group strangers into one (if the users are comfortable with it); think a bit like “circus”, coming into our tent! A little mystery, thought provoking maybe, fun, etc.

Maybe juggling, paper cubes…with words inside…
Entry:
➢ greeter pulls the outside curtain aside to reveal entrance and let user group in then close the curtain behind them, leaving them in the “chaos”
Engagement [1]:
➢ time based “chaos” experience, with audio and visual stimuli
➢ stimuli will be incoherent, stimuli includes: graphic collage on wall (prop set), projection of video towards user (AV), layered audio clips (AV)and 20pieces of ribbon staggered vertically( in length) in the space hanging to shoulder level.
➢ Stimuli will be flashing on the chaos collage, and the ribbons as well as the users.
➢ at about 30 seconds and the stimuli stops (audio and projection)
➢ immediately a host’s hand (can be gloved with bright colour maybe neon) protrudes through the slit in the curtain wall (~at chest height) and presents the user team with an origami cube made of translucent paper (tracing paper for ex.) with a word or phrase, topic written on the inside of the paper (which will show through the translucency), together with an audio “ding!” (i.e. with front desk bell)
➢ after the users take the cube from the host, the dividing curtain will be pulled back to reveal the second half of the room and make the room whole (the rest of the room will be mostly white, with projection on a white board)

Engagement [2]:
➢ host greets and introduces the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” (a place for collaboration, where senses are made from chaos, etc.)
➢ host instruct the users to “take the word, phrase, idea out of the box” “release the word out of the box” something to gently suggest “ think outside the box” with out giving it to them completely.
➢ The users then open the origami cube and read the word inside.
➢ The then Hosts introduces the activity.
Activity

Users have 2:30 minutes to collaborate and link the word, term or phrase on the origami paper with the word term or phrase written on the neon post-it note on the white board.
Note: We will brain storm in Sunday with some thought provoking words. And prepare some cubes and signs for the outside( the carrot). Juice it up so to speak. By expanding the rules to include phrases and terms we make the challenge more controversial. The psychology here is; people want a voice in these matters.

➢ host gestures towards the post-it pads and markers, and white board, indicating they are available for use in brain storming.
➢ the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” logo and a timer are now be projected on the board; once everything is introduced the timer will start counting down from 2:30 (minutes) (one person control projection; anyone from our class). Perhaps some audio begins, something that symbolizes space and clarity.
➢ the users are free to collaborate using post-its and whiteboard to complete one statement. They users write this statement on a post it note. The host is not involved in their thought process, but just facilitates with supplies and perhaps juggling paper cubes ({can anyone juggle?} Could this make the stakes seem higher… add a “don’t drop the ball”sense to the room and the activity ).
➢ The user team has now used up all their time.
➢ The host asks permission to take a photo of the group complete with the their collaboration and statement written in larger letters on the white board.
➢ The hosts also then ask if the users would like the photo emailed to them or, offer take photos for the users.
➢ Now the host asks the users to select 2 words, terms, topics or phrases that are not the same ones given to them at the onset of the challenge.The can use words that are, or are not taken from their final statement.

Note:
Here the host can encourage the users to raise the stakes by making the challenge more difficult, or thought provoking, and creative. They are through thought, linking two seemingly unrelated things. Which is the basis of all creative thinking ( according to Objects and Environments).

➢ The host then asks the user to circle the 2 words, terms, topics or phrases on their “statement post-it” if they are included as part of their statement. If the words aren’t in the statement, they can add them with marker, even linking post its together.(This allows the user to process the thought further).
➢ Having made their 2 selections, the users now write one thought on a neon“post it” and the second on a piece of translucent origami paper( just like they where presented with in the beginning of the challenge).
➢ The host wisks the piece of origami paper off into the hands of another exiting host.
➢ The host show the users the lineage of words being accumulated so far in the projection (with the users photos beside the words), users see themselves adding to the evolution of ideas; and host stick the post-it note with the statement to the wall with the growing collage of previous final statements.
➢ Another piece of neon paper with the same word is added to the group of words on paper, on the outside of the box.
➢ When this occurs, some twinkling audio magical, happy sound emits, just for length of the action, emphasizing the contribution.
➢ Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)
➢ The users exit; fighting amongst themselves for the little piece of origami paper, the lasting metaphor and memory of their contribution to “The “Chaortic Collabratorium”. Host provides cookies (I’m thinking Happy face.)

Meanwhile, A second host folds the origami paper with the new word, term, topic or phrase for the next group. In fact, Everything resets, ready for the next group.

Wrap up notes from todays meeting from the Blue Print Team April 4, 2010

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Hello All,
Thanks to all that have been blogging, and emailing away. Thanks everybody who came out today to pitch in.
There is a slightly altered User Scenario that will be posted shortly. Hard copies where given out at the meeting today.
This blog post will hopefully clarify where we are in the process and what to expect tomorrow.
Hosts
You seem to have a great script worked out. Today Zhang suggested that the hosts go through the experience to fully understand it. Perhaps Calvin could act as host in the first round to help answer questions as they arise.
The origami cubes where practised today. Calvin, Lisa and Zhang know how they are made. We purchased the paper that works( after a couple failures) and Lisa has taken them home to cut into squares, ready to fold. If anyone is ept enough, I know there is a video on You tube thats real easy to follow.Meena has 2 sets of white cotton gloves for you. We will pick up a coloured option at Malabars in the morning when they open.
Post-it’s, markers and dry erase markers and an eraser still need to be purchased. They will be picked up at Staples on University in the morning.
We have a bell. It’s like a front desk bell. It’s cute.
We will have 2 little tables available, 1 for the markers and post it’s, the second for the cookies, or how ever it ends up working, once we are in the space. They are tiny nesting tables, the biggest being 12″ x 14″by 2 1/2 feet tall. They are dark brown wood.They can be sat on.
Cookies, Have they been purchased? or made? Has anyone considered what they might be served in?
Max will bring her camera for you to take the users photo’s. It will be her lab top in the room and she has the wires to download.She will also pack her charger. If anyone has a tripod, it would be great.
Promo Team,

You seem silent yet smooth. Apparently we are Face booking and Flickering. We have lovely posters. Take a look at the new Scenario that will be posted after this post.

AV Team,

I read your earlier post and all sounds good. The scenario has changed slightly and we need your presence.

We need some sounds sampled for the second part of the experience. We have a bell, but still need a calm sound, a magic sound and a cokkoo( i cannot spell this word) clock sound.Please read this and the scenario.

Props and Sets

Meena brought the wood today and Richardo and Junbo built the frame.Plastic was purchased to finish the walls. This will be stapled on in the morning. There will be a staple gun on set tomorrow. We now have lots of shower curtains enough to do the middle curtain as well as the doorways. We also have rings to hang them. We still need to construct the curtain rod for the retractable curtain. This will be dealt with as a priority. A variety of fabrics, ribbons and fishing line will arrive with the staple gun. The hanging ribbon is for Chaos and it’s  Junbo’s baby;) We still have to get the roll of paper from the lab for the collage’s to be glued on to. The collage images are in good shape, Lisa updated us today at the meeting. 2 small nesting tables (for the markers and cookies in room)  will be there in the morning. We still would like a pillow and perhaps a small rug in front of the white board. If anybody has anything they can offer, bring it. Meena will also bring a second keyboard, hoping that it will work with one lap top hopefully making it possible for the users to input their own words.

I hope this helps everyone know what the other is doing, when you read the scenario consider the juggling, we are looking for ways to make the user feel full of anticipation, without making it obnoxious like Jeopardy for instance. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Hey Hosts April 4, 2010

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I am willing to do the cookies and exit greeting if thats good with everyone? or i can do one of them depending on how many hosts there are. 😀

Activate User Scenario from Blue Print Team April 2, 2010

Posted by Maxyne Baker in : "Hosts" team, A/V: projection, audio, etc, Check it out, Other sections, Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE!, Promotion+Documentation, Set+props: CHAOS, Set+props: ORDER , add a comment
Activate User Scenario
Notes for:
Promo team
AV team
Props/Sets team
Hosts team
[Chaordic Collaboratorium]
Host note: overall “feel” or “style” is a bit like a show. With some flair. Not completely casual. The title itself is funky, “Collaboratorium”.  It will be a performance.
Attraction:
 promo team
 greeter suggests 3 to 5 people to go through the experience, “bring your friends!” “It’s a collaborating experience!” or group strangers into one (if the users are comfortable with it); think a bit like “circus”, coming into our tent! A little mystery, thought provoking maybe, fun, etc.
Entry:
 greeter pulls the outside curtain aside to reveal entrance and let user group in then close the curtain behind them, leaving them in the “chaos”
Engagement [1]:
 time based “chaos” experience, with audio and visual stimuli
 stimuli will be incoherent, stimuli includes: graphic collage on wall (prop set), projection of video towards user (AV), layered audio clips (AV)
 at about 30 seconds and the stimuli stops (audio and projection)
 shortly afterward a host’s hand (can be gloved with bright colour) protrude through the slit in the curtain wall (~at chest height) and present an origami cube made of translucent paper (tracing paper for ex.) with a word written on the inside of the paper (which will show through the translucency), together with an audio “ding!” (i.e. with front desk bell)
 after the users take the cube from the host, the dividing curtain will be pulled back to reveal the second half of the room and make the room whole (the rest of the room will be mostly white, with projection on a white board)
Engagement [2]:
 host greets and introduces the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” (a place for collaboration, where senses are made from chaos, etc.)
 host instruct the users to “take the word out of the box” “release the word out of the box”  (open the origami cube and read the word inside), then introduces the activity
 activity: users have 2:30 minutes to collaborate and link the word on the origami paper with a word on a post-it note on the white board; users can use technologies to collaborate with friends who are not in the room
 host gestures towards the post-it pads and markers, and white board, indicating they are available for use
 the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” logo and a timer will be projected on the board; once everything is introduced the timer will start counting down from 2:30 (minutes) (one person control projection; anyone from our class)
 the users are free to collaborate using post-it and whiteboard and come up with one statement (written on a post-it note). The host is not involved
 after the time is up the host asks permission to take a photo of the group with the collaboration on the board; also asks if they would like the photo email to them (maybe the users will take their own photos with their phones)
 asks the users to pick out 2 words from the statement (that are not the words they were given) and circle these 2 words, then asks users to write one on another post-it note and one on an origami paper
 show the users the lineage of words being accumulated so far in the projection (with the users photos beside the words), users see themselves adding to the evolution of ideas; and host stick the post-it note with the statement to the wall with the growing collage of previous final statements
 users exit; they can keep their paper cube; host provides cookies (or other forms of give-away such as buttons with the logo on it; promotion team decide)
A host folds the origami paper with the new word for the next group, position the post-it note with the new word on the board.
Everything resets, ready for the next group.

Activate User Scenario
Notes for:Promo teamAV teamProps/Sets teamHosts team
[Chaordic Collaboratorium]
Host note: overall “feel” or “style” is a bit like a show. With some flair. Not completely casual. The title itself is funky, “Collaboratorium”.  It will be a performance.
Attraction:  promo team greeter suggests 3 to 5 people to go through the experience, “bring your friends!” “It’s a collaborating experience!” or group strangers into one (if the users are comfortable with it); think a bit like “circus”, coming into our tent! A little mystery, thought provoking maybe, fun, etc.
Entry: greeter pulls the outside curtain aside to reveal entrance and let user group in then close the curtain behind them, leaving them in the “chaos”
Engagement [1]: time based “chaos” experience, with audio and visual stimuli stimuli will be incoherent, stimuli includes: graphic collage on wall (prop set), projection of video towards user (AV), layered audio clips (AV) at about 30 seconds and the stimuli stops (audio and projection) shortly afterward a host’s hand (can be gloved with bright colour) protrude through the slit in the curtain wall (~at chest height) and present an origami cube made of translucent paper (tracing paper for ex.) with a word written on the inside of the paper (which will show through the translucency), together with an audio “ding!” (i.e. with front desk bell) after the users take the cube from the host, the dividing curtain will be pulled back to reveal the second half of the room and make the room whole (the rest of the room will be mostly white, with projection on a white board)
Engagement [2]: host greets and introduces the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” (a place for collaboration, where senses are made from chaos, etc.) host instruct the users to “take the word out of the box” “release the word out of the box”  (open the origami cube and read the word inside), then introduces the activity activity: users have 2:30 minutes to collaborate and link the word on the origami paper with a word on a post-it note on the white board; users can use technologies to collaborate with friends who are not in the room host gestures towards the post-it pads and markers, and white board, indicating they are available for use the “Chaordic Collaboratorium” logo and a timer will be projected on the board; once everything is introduced the timer will start counting down from 2:30 (minutes) (one person control projection; anyone from our class) the users are free to collaborate using post-it and whiteboard and come up with one statement (written on a post-it note). The host is not involved after the time is up the host asks permission to take a photo of the group with the collaboration on the board; also asks if they would like the photo email to them (maybe the users will take their own photos with their phones) asks the users to pick out 2 words from the statement (that are not the words they were given) and circle these 2 words, then asks users to write one on another post-it note and one on an origami paper show the users the lineage of words being accumulated so far in the projection (with the users photos beside the words), users see themselves adding to the evolution of ideas; and host stick the post-it note with the statement to the wall with the growing collage of previous final statements users exit; they can keep their paper cube; host provides cookies (or other forms of give-away such as buttons with the logo on it; promotion team decide)
A host folds the origami paper with the new word for the next group, position the post-it note with the new word on the board.
Everything resets, ready for the next group.

ATTENTION HOSTS! and everyone else too :) April 2, 2010

Posted by Christina Mary Dery in : "Hosts" team, A/V: projection, audio, etc, Other sections, Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE!, Promotion+Documentation, Set+props: CHAOS, Set+props: ORDER , 1 comment so far

Hey guys,

i was at the meeting yesterday and there were a couple things that came up with regards to the host (mostly to do with the hosts that will b in the order room)

We decided that the way the order room will work is that there will b words or challenges written on papers hanging from the ceiling in the chaos area, this way they will be bringing chaos into order and they will have to solve this challenge in the order room to restore order. After they solve the challenge they must propose a new challenge for the next group (while this is happening there will be someone recording a ’history’ of the collaboration and conversation going on)

**What the hosts need to do is come up with some kind of script like a short sentence to tell each ggroup when they enter the order area so that they know wat to do.**

If anyone else that was at the meeting has anything to add to this feel free i may have missed something.

Ideas for the second phase/room (Order) March 31, 2010

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in : A/V: projection, audio, etc, Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE!, Set+props: ORDER , add a comment

This post is from Maxyne Baker <mb09ng@student.ocad.ca> who is currently working to get her account in the blog reactivated:

Hi everyone, As I am still in Blog Exile hence,I am communicating by email.
my 2 words are SORTED and STUFF
I have some ideas re the second room.

Label the dry erase eraser as a DELETE button.
Perhaps dress the Marker to mimic a STYLUS.
I like the room being plain and white, it’s a small space, people will add colour and movement.
I have 2 ideas re time-based…

  1. The Wickapedia Screen gets starts labtop size and gets larger and larger with each entry.
  2. We somehow project each of the filled in pages on the other 3 walls, adding as the experience repeats itself.

I’m not sure if this is along your train of thought Greg, but here’s my take on your comments.
Max

sorted,
tr.v. sort·ed, sort·ing, sorts
1. To arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify. See Synonyms at arrange.
2. To separate from others: sort out the wheat from the chaff.
3. To clarify by going over mentally: She tried to sort out her problems.
Idioms:
after a sort
In a haphazard or imperfect way: managed to paint the chair after a sort.
of sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
out of sorts
1. Slightly ill.
2. Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.
sort of Informal
Somewhat; rather: “Gambling and prostitution . . . have been prohibited, but only sort of” (George F. Will).

stuff
–noun
1. the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
2. material to be worked upon or to be used in making something: wood, steel, and other stuff for building.
3. material of some unspecified kind: a cushion filled with some soft stuff.
4. Chiefly British. woven material or fabric, esp. wool.
5. property, as personal belongings or equipment; things.
6. something to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
7. inward character, qualities, or capabilities: to have good stuff in one.
8. Informal. action or talk of a particular kind: kid stuff; Cut out the rough stuff.
9. worthless things or matter: to clean the stuff out of a closet.
10. worthless or foolish ideas, talk, or writing: a lot of stuff and nonsense. stuff   [stuhf] Show IPA
–noun
1. the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
2. material to be worked upon or to be used in making something: wood, steel, and other stuff for building.
3. material of some unspecified kind: a cushion filled with some soft stuff.
4. Chiefly British. woven material or fabric, esp. wool.
5. property, as personal belongings or equipment; things.
6. something to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
7. inward character, qualities, or capabilities: to have good stuff in one.
8. Informal. action or talk of a particular kind: kid stuff; Cut out the rough stuff.
9. worthless things or matter: to clean the stuff out of a closet.
10. worthless or foolish ideas, talk, or writing: a lot of stuff and nonsense.

What is our title? March 26, 2010

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in : Check it out, Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE!, Promotion+Documentation , 2 comments

I’m asking each of you in the class to propose a possible title. Along with that you can say a word or two about the major theme if you want. Write it in the comments field of this post.

My own proposal, using a word Mary used today:”Chaordic Commons.” Feel free to comment on or vote for this idea as well. Its a word that combines chaos and order.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaordic and http://www.chaordic.org

ACTIVATE Site plan (shows our space) March 26, 2010

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in : "Hosts" team, A/V: projection, audio, etc, Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE!, Promotion+Documentation, Set+props: CHAOS, Set+props: ORDER , add a comment

Go to My Courses to see full size PDF files showing the allotted space each class has in the Great Hall — small at 10×10 sq. ft. — and the whole event context. (Files are too big to upload here in WordPress). Here’s a small JPG:

ACTIVATE! 2010 site plan

There is an official logo to use on posters etc.:

ACTIVATE! 2010 logo

Use this logo on publicity (right click to download it, or visit My Courses/files)

Preliminary Blue Print March 25, 2010

Posted by Calvin in : Process/Blueprint team, Proj3: ACTIVATE! , 1 comment so far

Hi all,
Below you will find a preliminary blue print of the whole shebang.
To answer the “hosts” question in the previous post, we do not know where and how big our location will be neither. We’ll find out from the professor in class tomorrow. Also, I used the term “greeter” instead of “host” in the chart below, my mistake.

Blue Print

Blue Print

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