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Today, as part of the RSA FutureMaker Day, we’re doing a bit of an experiment.
We’re spending the day at Somerset House with a trestle table and some blank cards about the same size as standard business cards.
We also have a couple of pairs of scissors. Later on we might be able to provide the dimensions of the trestle table. We’ll see how it goes.
The aim of the day is to explore the idea of Open Making. This article from yesterday provides a bit more of a background, but for now we’re asking people to take part. And to help with that we’ve made it as easy as possible.
What We’re Trying to Make
Two large constructions out of business cards. One of the objects will be made through your ideas (and the input of the people in the room). One we’ll make ourselves.
Things You Can Do AT YOUR DESK
1. Make any kind of construction with up to five business cards. You can only use scissors. Take a picture.
2. Provide an instruction for someone else to construct something out of five business cards.
3. Suggest any kind of large construction that could be made (based on what you see emerging).
Please tweet any of 1, 2 or 3 using the hashtag #redfrontrelay. We’ll be sharing all progress, including your suggestions, on our dedicated Tumblr throughout the day.
What Are We Doing?
We’re getting people at the event to work with you on the same construction. They will get to choose whether to use written instructions from other people in the room or from you (online). You’ll be building something together.
We’ll be competing with you to create something else. The rules are that we can’t make the same thing. If it looks like we’re making the same thing as you then we’ll have to change direction.
X Jam Gov
Two weeks today, 3pm local time, we’ll have finished X Jam Gov, the Exeter event in Global Gov Jam, and uploaded our prototypes. It will mark the end of 48 hours immersed in experimentation, learning and play; all in the name of public service innovation.
Following on from X Jam at University of Exeter Business School in March, we’re delighted to be bringing a new service prototyping challenge to Exeter. Running a Global Gov Jam event is also a great opportunity to work with Devon County Council and develop some new, cross-sector collaborations.
When Is It?
Unlike X Jam, which happened over a weekend, X Jam Gov takes place during the working week (and it’s very effective professional development). The global theme will be announced at 3pm local time, on Tuesday 4th June, and we’ll work in office hours until the 3pm deadline on Thursday 6th.
Why Gov Jam ?
Jamming offers a high-energy, massively diverse environment which focusses firmly on doing, not talking. It’s also an incredibly cost-effective way to learn; one mentor described it as “mainlining the lessons from months of project work in 48 hours”.
Rapid collaboration in designing and prototyping solutions to public problems leads to tangible outputs, as well as sharing skills, tools, and practice. The joint goals of the event are for it to be meaningful, and to be fun.
X Jam Gov is for anyone who is interested in the public services, collaboration, or prototyping. It’s not just about people who work in the public sector but everyone who has a stake in public services. The more diversity, the better. Join here.