The d.school community gathered for its retreat yesterday. This is an opportunity for staff to kick-off the school year. It was an incredible event, bringing me even closer to a community I have come to call home.
I was asked to hold a workshop with Seamus Harte on storytelling, and I had an idea: we would have members of this creative community fill mason jars with stones, then soil and seeds and then insert hopes, fears or short stories via strips of paper as an exercise in metaphor -- the metaphor being that, from their ideas, their fears and their stories, lovely things can grow. The idea was scrapped due to time constraints, and I decided that, given my love for it, I'd give it a proper obituary. Now, I know better than to really hold any idea as precious. The workshop was wonderful and Seamus and I learned a ton. I have no regrets. Besides, I will raise this one from the dead. Psst, d.fellows, want to plant some seeds?
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Story Seedling Idea, 1 week, died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from a fatal lack of time and coordination in Stanford, California.
The Story Seedling Idea was born in the mind of Emi Kolawole on or around September 10, 2014, and was a deeply cherished idea there. Story Seedling, known as "Fishbowl Idea" or "Fun With Mason Jars" among friends and colleagues always sought to be an opportunity for people to plant their ideas on strips of butcher paper inside glass jars with real seeds, soil and stones. It's purpose: to let people experience hands-on, the feeling of having their ideas give life to new life.
Story Seedling Idea is survived by Emi and, well, no one else. It is preceded in death by more ideas than can be mentioned here. However notable mentions include Fishbowl Terrarium, Mason Jar Terrarium and Blog On-Boarding Exercise.
Services will not be held, however donations may be made in the form of comments below of ideas that you have brought into the world only to have them precede you in death.