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"Yes and": share your wildest ideas

During this session, Experimentarium’s rooftop will turn into a verbal playground, in which we will jam with ideas, improvise, and be as creative as we can be. The principle is simple: everyone gets one minute to share an idea that they’ve had for a science engagement initiative that hasn’t yet been realised … No idea is too wild for this session!

Rules of the session:

  1. No ‘buts’ allowed - open minds only
  2. No ’advertising’ allowed - only strange stuff that isn’t out there yet
  3. One minute per idea…
  4. … followed by one minute of ‘Yes and’ from the audience to see where we can take the idea.

After our first selection of speakers are done jamming with the audience, the floor is open to anyone. We’d love to hear both ambitious aspirations and fleeting brainfarts. Let’s find out how far we can go!

Convenor

Content strategy and development
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Session legacy

The method of the idea jam session worked beyond expectations! Even on the third day of the conference, after two days of sessions, conversations and events, the idea jam session brought us with fantastic wild ideas. The fresh air of the outdoor rooftop setting definitely helped.

Some examples: the Rhythmaterium (a museum about all the rhythms in the world), the Museum of Pe(o)(e)p(h)(o)le (a museum to spy on people in their everyday lives), the Flying Science Saucer (no explanation needed).

The winning wild idea: the Museum of Second Childhood - where 'older youths' can learn to deal with the emotions and bodily 'evolvements' that are inevitably linked with older age, including a pill cafetaria, a 'bring your even older parents' day, chair lifts everywhere and a special room, in which when you say your problems out loud, they dissappear.

A big learning from this session: we all tend to fall into 'buts' in our work discussions, but (there you go), we every now and then we should say 'yes and' instead and allow wild ideas to be born so we can keep creating unexpected experiences!

Session speakers

Managing Director
Berlin
Germany
Bernhard's crazy 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Amparo Leyman Pino
Principal
Yellow Cow Consulting
San Francisco
United States
Amparo's paradigm-shifting idea will be revealed during the session...
Scenographer
jh Museum & exhibition design
Erlangen
Germany
Jochen's mind-blowing 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Experience Designer
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Stefan's wacky 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Adjunct Professor
Parsons School of Design
Brad's fantastic 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Chief Instigator
POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.)
Long Island, New York
United States
Paul's promising 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Holly Hasted
PhD Fellow
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway & Tromsø University Museum
Tromsø
Norway
Holly's supersmart 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Project Director
Bergeijk
Netherlands
Maarten's fabulous 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Owner
Bob's awesome 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...
Contemporary Science Content Developer
London
United Kingdom
Adam's great 1-minute idea will be revealed during the session...