This activation and public engagement event ran for 3 hours in and around Havemeyer Park, which was about to be demolished. A series of experiences were curated with activities facilitated by urban farmers. The event focused on exploring the value of green spaces, community participation, and design for urban experience.
Engagements including a pick-and make-your-own-tea station, a few moments of reflection in a tipi, a chance to write a love letter to the park, a DIY farm snack and more. The Park Demolition Tea Party challenged participants to to consider: what would our cities be like if we didn't participate in the creation and maintenance of public spaces?
We designed a multiplayer game that ran over the course of several days as part of the 2015 TEDactive conference in Vancouver. For part of this experience, we designed a card based connections game that played with riddles to enhance divergent thinking and foster new connections. There were black and red cards; the black cards posed the riddle and the red cards held the answers. All 500 cards were distributed randomly and participants had to try and find their matching card. There were 25 different riddles, so the randomized options were plentiful and funny!
Presentation Fight Night @ Brooklyn Brewery
In collaboration with Presentation Party Night, we hosted an exiting evening at the Brooklyn Brewery to digest all sides of the food debate. We started things off by having invited speakers give fascinating and provocative short talks on a range of topics including seafood and veganism. After the talks had wrapped, we crowdsourced debate topics and opened the stage up for participants to battle it out, verbal fight club style.
The Covert Conversations Game was designed to redirect the social and business interactions of an otherwise traditional (and sometimes boring) networking event. The use of game mechanics allowed us to create an experience that bypasses repetitive and trivial points of conversation; the default questions like "so, what do you do?" were replaced with a creative conversation quest.
The trick to successful group experiences is to normalize participation-- in other words when everyone is on board with doing something "weird", it doesn't feel weird to do it. To get things going off the bat, each attendee received a conversational challenge as part of their initiation into the space. Challenges gave participants a specific fact that they had discover about the people they talked with. The process of finding out these odd pieces of information triggered unusual and clandestine conversations, resulting in hilarious discussions and new connections. We find that this game is an effective and fun way to encourage intimate conversation, even in large crowds.
We run several events a year for our growing community of creative rebels and change agents, and we're always challenging ourselves to find new and unique ways to connect and inspire others. We design playful large scale activations that encourage divergent thinking and facilitate new connections and conversations.
TALKING TRASH Drink & Design Night
Think pub-trivia meets TV design show and you'll kind of get a sense of what Drink & Design night is like. Our TALKING TRASH Drink & Design night focused on addressing the real-world messy issue of street trash in NYC, all through a fun collaborative brainstorming session and, of course, beers!