Big Ideas FestAction Collabs
Workshops that spark innovation and transformational change in education.
Action Collabs access groups' collective brainpower by focusing creativity and structuring brainstorming in a unique method that leads to new thinking and solutions. An Action Collab can focus on detailed projects such as lesson and curriculum creation or on larger systems thinking applied to school and districts.
Action Collabs are an innovative way to:
"I'd never seen myself as someone who 'makes' things, and for the first time, I saw myself conceptualizing and making a solution. It was really eye-opening." Action Collab Participant
"It was that transformation of creating order out of chaos that struck me as one of the more useful practices and techniques that could be applied to day to day level of an institution, even a smaller level such as a a department. In a sense, it is about letting people talk, vent, and having confidence that no matter how varied their background, there are things we share as educators, and it is very likely that we will come to some broader consensus." Action Collab Participant
Four stages of Action Collab:
Design: The group brainstorms new methods, tools, processes, ideas that answer the Design Challenge and serve research interviewees' needs.
Prototype: The Design is modeled using 3D materials, which allow the group to get feedback on the detailed facets and refine the design into a both innovative and feasible solution.
Scale and Spread: Scale and Spread expands the group’s idea into the world by deciding how it fits within a larger scope and then develops details of how the idea is piloted.
ISKME offers a range of Action Collab workshops that vary in audience, length, and focus:
• Intensive Action Collab: Focus on a group's specific Design Challenge (2 days)
• Basic Action Collab: Focused on a group's specific Design Challenge (1/2 - 1 day)
• Process Action Collab: Learn the standard framework of the Action Collab process (1/2 day)
• Team Building Action Collab: Learn new tools for collaboration and field-building (1/2 day)
• Action Collab Module: Inserted into a larger event and focused on a group's specific Design Challenge or the standard framework of the Action Collab process (1/2 day - 1 day)
• Action Collab Facilitator Training: Training certifies Action Collab Facilitators (2 days)
• Action Collab for Kids: Focused on a group of younger learners' Design Challenge (1 day)
ISKME will customize an Action Collab to serve a client's individual needs.
Prior to the Action Collab, ISKME and the client craft a Design Challenge and determine the flow and other details for the workshop. A certified Action Collab Facilitator then delivers the workshop. ISKME's expertise in event design and facilitation lead the client through a process that delivers a generative, creative, and results-oriented experience for all participants.
ISKME Action Collab Clients:
Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning: California
Big Ideas Fest 2009: California
Big Ideas Fest 2010: California
Big Ideas Fest 2011: California
Big Ideas Fest 2012: California
Big Ideas Fest 2013: California
Coast Community College District: California
City College of San Francisco: California
Danish Ministry of Education: California
Gateway Public Schools: California
Glendale Community College: California
Green Ideas 2011: Greece
Green Ideas 2012: Italy
Manteca Unified School District: California
Missoula County Public Schools: Montana
National League of Cities hosts Communities Learning in Partnership: California
Open Discovery Space: Greece
Stanford University School of Education Orientation 2011: California
Stanford University School of Education Orientation 2012: California
The Shuttleworth Foundation: England
Action Collab Design Team
Lisa Petrides, ISKME
Jonah Houston, IDEO
Chris Miller, LifePlays
Andrea Saveri, ISKME
To bring a customized Action Collab to your organization, please contact ISKME’s Director of Training & Design, Andrea Saveri.
Action Collab™ is a registered trademark of ISKME.