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Slankets& Moonshots& Pizzas& Crayons.


Slankets& Moonshots& Pizzas& Crayons.

Last November, before Game of Thrones' prophecy of "Winter's coming" became an all too chilly reality for the North East states, we partnered with the phenomenal Charles River School in Dover, MA. Their new head of school Gretchen Larkin invited us to help their school community—made up of faculty, parents and the board— to imagine the Charles River School of the future.

In a gymnasium over 100 community members convened—we explored the school to discover the odd, profound and amusing (of which there was a trove); we were inspired by speakers such as Warren Berger author of A More Beautiful Question; the community discovered what was truly special about the school—beyond their engaging theme taught curriculum (for instance, the kids get to learn all their subjects by using the context of the Olympics or Marco Polo—it is fantastic).

It became apparent that people fell in love with school when they visited or when they met the engaging and engaged students—we certainly did. Together, they came up with a series of small bets to get the word out about their amazing school and community (they even opened their homes for us to crash in their spare rooms!).

One of their small bets was a mini camp over the Massachusetts "ski week" vacation—which we suspect was in late May—it was fully subscribed.

Check out our video of the Blitz, it was a hoot! We really love this school.

To add further intrigue to our relationship with Charles River School, frequent Blitz participant and talented fine artist Tucker Nichols saw the Blitz Report at our studio and said "I went there—it's an amazing place, it had a huge influence on me", although a shocking coincidence it was far from surprising.



Blitz your way to an Outcome Jihad, or some Bad Ass Dads.


Blitz your way to an Outcome Jihad, or some Bad Ass Dads.

Last fall we worked with the Institute for Child Success in Greenville, South Carolina and their key partners to address a shared challenge "How might we disrupt the existing ways of doing things for children so that they and their families might have more opportunities for greater success in school and in life— earlier in their lives?"

The blitz set out to achieve the objectives:

  • Expand the reach of design thinking so more children in South Carolina—and beyond—can benefit from it.
  • Increase the number of people who understand and can apply design thinking to their challenges.
  • Engage the people who can affect policy and funding to bring design thinking to children.
  • Apply next-generation design thinking to improve childhood—and lifetime—success through the positive disruption of our education and healthcare systems.

Check out the video of the event, the ideas generated were legendary!





What happens when a Cricket Trailer finds itself within sight of a blitz? 


Solve Next friend, founder of Taxa, and inventor of the distinctly awesome Cricket Trailer Garrett Finney lent Project M one of his early Crickets to use in their adventures. Via the M-ers inHALE effort said Cricket ended up at The Think Wrong Lab, where it collided with the Future Mavericks and their Blitz.

One of the moonshots conceived in their Blitzing the Blitz Blitz was Milk—a mobile rapid ingenuity lab.

Huh, what existing resource do we have that’s mobile and already ingenious to make a small bet?

Oooo – a Cricket Trailer!

We had 5 Mavs for 5 days, and Mav Anthony hanging around for a little longer. Sweet. Let’s do it! Let’s hack the Cricket. We had no collective experience in doing this sort of thing—how hard could it be?

Here’s where we started… we gutted the Cricket.

We took out all the seats, rewired it, moved the batteries to provide room to accommodate 10 people, all while not losing utility so that John could use it on “expeditions” (his words, John clearly is  unfamiliar with a hitched Jetta’s ground clearance).

Speaking of hitches, here’s one—you’ll note I wrote Garret lent us the Cricket, but here’s what John had said “Garrett GAVE us the Cricket”— what he meant to say was “Garrett gave us the Cricket TO USE”, five letters, big difference in meaning!

Thankfully, Garrett was beyond agreeable telling us to “go mad” —good, after the fact, given what we’d already done!

 We primed, sanded and finished the exterior turning it into one giant dry erase board using IdeaPaint.

By the time we were done, we’d converted the interior walls and hanging table-come bed into white boards, added a projector screen, storage for our blitzing accouterments, and seating for 10—and John could still be expeditionary. 

So what does this have to do with Facebook?

It’s Tuesday and Anthony added a potted plant as a finishing touch before heading home to Kansas City. We’ve never towed it, the Jetta still doesn’t have a hitch, we don’t know what it takes to get one (it’s more than you think!), and the Cricket looks insane. Greg and I have, what we consider to be, a brilliant idea for an incredibly important meeting with Tim Campos, the CIO of Facebook and his team on Friday.

John’s response to our brilliant idea, “Is that a good idea?”. When John—the conceiver of Think Wrong—verbalizes concern regarding the potential wrongness of our thinking you’d think we’d pause.

We didn’t.

What could possibly go wrong?

Find out what happened next in our next blog post!

*** For a different perspective check out Anthony's blog here — it's where we stole a bunch of pictures from ***