Method based on networking and creation of projects, divided into four stages. MIX: discussion of topics and shared interests MATCH: individual discussion and coordination of skills related to the project MAKE: Co-creation of project by team CELEBRATE: relaxed moment The aim of this method is to create a community of 'Makers' for a particular problem. It coordinates a range of expertise and generates ideas and projects.
- Idea generation
Level of involvementcocreator,
Number30 to 120
ProfileUsers to be recruited in accordance with problem to be covered Ensure diversity of profiles in order to optimise idea generation
Operational team(may vary depending on the number of participants): moderation (leadership and coordination of workshop), organisation (preparation of event, logistics, catering, welcome and assistance for participants), communication (invitation, adverts in the media, production of articles), experts (specific and topic-based advice and expertise)
LocationThe venue must comprise one room large enough to accommodate all participants with an amphitheatre-style layout and a refreshments area and as many work tables or discussion areas as required.
Materials requiredPost-it notes, felt-tips, room signage, flipchart, notetaking sheets, name labels
AdvantagesAccelerated development of ideas into projects by promoting meetings between people interested in the same field and by offering technical support from experts.
Important pointsRequires skilled moderation and assistance on a case by case basis. Most participants require full organisation before, during and after the workshop. The choice of experts is also essential to the prototyping of projects.
- Identification of problem to be addressed
- Identification of specific networking topics: depending on the subject covered, the management team identifies specific topics. The participants will discuss these topics and suggest main threads for project creation.
- Preparation of moderation tools: update and printing of moderation and activity tools, depending on the general project
- Arrange catering: provide drinks and food in accordance with the number of participants
- Recruitment and briefing of the management team: provide a sufficient number of staff to manage and organise the workshop in situ.
- Recruitment and briefing of topic experts: a selection of supervising experts is to be provided for the workshop. The main role of these experts is to advise workshop participants how to develop and identify details of their project. They ensure the instant professionalisation of projects.
- Invitation to users: users selected according to the problem addressed.
- The participants are invited to fill out an attendance sheet with their details
- The participants are invited to attend the start of the workshop in the refreshments area
General presentation10 min
Presentation of the project, workshop programme and evening's objectives, by the moderator
Discussion of topics and shared interests
- The participants form groups at previously named topic tables
- They introduce themselves and discuss the topic in question, guided by the questions on the 'Speed Making Quiz' worksheets on the table. This leads to early networking and the first interactions
Individual discussion and coordination of skills related to the project
- Statement of needs and creation of teams
- Invitation by moderator to fill out the 'Needs' wall ('Needs wall' worksheet): the needs wall is the place for displaying small announcements about the workshop. The purpose of the needs wall is to explain the needs of each participant in terms of expertise and involvement, enabling different users to meet each other.
- The participants make a note of their needs on the wall, assisted by a moderator to facilitate networking
- The participants form teams and choose a work area
Co-creation of project by team
- The teams develop their projects based on projects/intentions proposed ('Intention' worksheet).
- Specific stands with topic experts are available to answer any questions by participants.
- Project 'bearers' present or deliver their 'Intention' worksheet to the moderator
- The moderator invites all participants to join him in the main room
- The moderator ends the evening
- All participants meet together over a celebratory drink.
Transmission of results
- Transfer the attendance list to all participants to ensure that exchanges are sustained and anchored in the community
- Send project/intention sheets and the workshop report
- Send a satisfaction survey to the participants ('Satisfaction survey' worksheet)
- Optional: Produce an article about the workshop