Week 1 – 2
Watch the ‘How To’ Video
Build a great team
- You can fly solo, but Harvard researchers have proven that the more diverse minds working on a problem, the more likely the problem will be solved.
- Your team should ideally be between 2-4 people. This size will help make co-ordinating schedules or making decisions easier.
- Collectively identify your skills and passions and delegate roles from the start. This way, everyone knows what they’re responsible for. (Who’s the leader, the organiser, the creator, the enthusiast?)
- Dedicate a space to meet, brainstorm and create.
- For the best results, encourage and respect each other’s strengths and different perspectives.
- Remember, it’s the passion, energy and cohesion of the team that will make the development of an idea successful.
Create a plan of action
- First identify the challenge – ask lots of questions to make sure you understand what it’s asking
- Define your audience
- Make a calendar of meeting times, goals, actions and deadlines.
Start your research, look for inspiration everywhere…
- Get on the web
- Set up formal interviews with experts or mavericks. Prepare your questions first.
- Take to the streets and informally interview/survey strangers (always ask for permission to record them)
- Look for precedent, take notice, identify opportunities
- Keep track of your insights and findings – document, draw, photograph, video
- Explore, adventure, gatecrash….immerse yourself in the given context.
Now go to Week 3: Experiment