SCHEDULE

On October 26 our day will be structured around a Mindstorm set-up that will enable us to develop a solution space for the wicked problem that we are tackling. The set up will allow us, by the end of the day, to brief a group of programmers who will hack that solution during a 24 hour hackathon. These are the broad strokes of the outline for the day. As the program is based around you, just as much as our initial planning, the times are not necessarily strict. We will adapt them to the energy of the day and to wherever we all want the discussion to take us.

8.30am - 9am Walk-in
We'll start of with some coffee and danish to get us going. This is the chance to meet your fellow collaborators and thinkers. We will ask you to give us some of your initial thoughts on the future of education and storytelling and share some personal stories on your memories of your education.

9am - 9.30am Check-in and Introduction
During check-in and introduction we will gather in the presentation room of the Charles E. Young Research Library and we'll run through the course of the day: how it's set up, why we are doing what we are doing, and what we expect of you. Broadly speaking, we will go from divergent thinking in the morning to convergent thinking in the afternoon; from scenario thinking to design thinking. We'll first focus on the wicked problem at hand and we will generate all our energy towards building solutions at the end of the day.

9.30am - 10.00am Informing the Design
Before we jump into our Mindstorm we've asked Ben Kamens of the Khan Academy and Lance Weiler of the Workbook Project to inform our design. They will share in brief 10 minute statements of their take on the challenges the educational system is facing and the possible solutions that they see or on which they are working. We think that their thoughts will ignite the discussion and send us off into the right direction.

10am - 12pm World Cafe
In the World Cafe you'll have a focused discussion around a specific question within a small group of people (4/5). We'll have three rounds of talking and brainstorming about the wicked problem education is facing, from a personal, systemic and social perspective (we'll explain all of that on Tuesday). Each group will make notes (in whatever form you like) and share those with the entire group at the end of the World Cafe rounds as the harvest of our collective intelligence.

12pm - 12.15pm Informing the Design
Right before we go to lunch we'll have another short statement that will inform our thinking. As a reality check for what is happening in the school system as we know it today, we've asked Debra Duardo to relate her personal story to us and elaborate on the work she is doing as a member of the National Dropout Prevention Network Board. She'll stay over lunch as well, to share her thinking with all of us.

12.15pm - 1.15pm Lunch
We'll have a lunch break of an hour, that is unstructured and gives you the chance to talk to the people you haven't talked to yet and share your thinking.

1.15pm - 3pm Wheel of Reasoning
Based on all the ideas and information we have gathered during the morning we will start to build a reasoning for the future. We'll ask ourselves what we think is at the core of the crisis in education, where it came from and how might we create a better future for it, together. We'll use a tool called the Wheel of Reasoning, which will help us to build this logic for the future and to tell its story to the world. Again we'll work in smaller groups on various aspects of the wicked problem and share our results to the group at large and to the wider audience online.

3pm - 4.30pm Filling the Solution Space
By this time, we will have defined several solution spaces for the wicked problem that we are tackling. In the next step of our Mindstorm we will fill those solution spaces with hundreds of ideas. We'll start generating the wildest ideas in the beginning of this session (which don't necessarily have to be feasible yet). At the end of the session, we will judge all of them and select those ideas that we think are most valuable and that hold the most meaningful solution for the future of education.

4.30pm - 5.45pm Prototyping
In our attempt to end with a spec for a group of programmers who will build our solutions the next day, we will develop several prototypes that fit the solutions that we developed throughout the day. Some of those programmers will be present, and will see and hear what we are working on. They will also ask us questions, which will allow us to refine the spec for the parameters of the hackathon.

5.45pm - 6.45pm Check-out
We'll end the day with a final pitch to the entire group of the prototypes that we have created and we will share insights and lessons we've learned during the day.

6.45pm - 7.30pm Walk-out
Unstructured time to say goodbye or discuss next steps with the people you've met.