Design Forum

Design Forum. 10 Cities. Free to Attend.

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Roman ForumRoman Forum, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The concept to this 10 City Bridge Run is really starting to take shape, and I have some exciting news to share.

The good news is that what started as a concept over coffee with friends a little over two years ago is now about to go global, and all thanks to you.

Many of you have supported me by sponsoring the journey. The sponsorship has been pre-ordering a book called ‘Life Bridge’ that will feature 100 photos of human bridges. That is on track too, although I expect the book won’t be published until late February 2013. In the meantime, we have an intense journey ahead. You can just watch from the sidelines- that is fine too.

For those people who did support me, a big thank you once again. It is you who has made this possible. And there have been many other people out there who are helping me in other ways. People like Kelley, Jillian and Zipporah- you are not forgotten either. For all my supporters, a quick message. Every journey needs a passport, and this is no different. So this week I should be posting you your own 16 page passport which outlines what is happening on this journey. First I will be emailing to confirm your address, and then posting the letter.

This post is to briefly mention 10 Design Forum that will be convened in each city I visit. You can join in, and if fact it is free to attend. I still need some help to coordinate this, but I know that together that too is possible. Please visit the Eventbrite link here http://designforum.eventbrite.com.au to register. You can register for more than one city, and you can register friends as well. You can see the themes of the link as well.

This won’t be the last time I mention the Design Forum, and I also want to make sure I am not overloading the interwebs with too many posts. If you are not getting enough information, or if I didn’t make something clear enough, please let me know too.

Thanks for joining me on this journey. Let’s get to work!

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12.12.12 Design Forum

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Seoul, Korea.
Seoul, Korea. (Photo credit: Jaako)

The journey taken during the 10 City Bridge Run will culminate in a Design Forum held in Seoul on 12 December 2012 (12.12.12) to crowdsource good ideas, and to listen and learn from four key questions.

* Q1: What is best practice, and how is that is having an impact? Who is succeeding and why?

* Q2: Is best practice contextually specific? Can good ideas be shared into different and unpredictable environments?

* Q3: What is not working well? Can we map the negative factors that prevent innovative change?

* Q4: How might a human bridge be part of a solution? What might this look like?

An outcome from the Design Forum will be to determine a list of lessons from failure and success titled “10 Tangible Ways To Make A Difference.”

This is a framework to work from, and over the coming three months before the 12.12.12 Design Forum, there will be plenty of good ideas to improve this approach. The Design Forum will be picking up on a great idea from my good friend Kelley Joyce, and looking at ways of how this can be inclusive of other locations outside of Seoul using social media.

Plenty of good ideas. I’m sure you have some of your own. Care to share?