Pocket Synchronicity Tool
Locating the unthought synergies between people
|Trapeze artists work hard to maintain synchronicity while in the air (pictures from Wikipedia)|
Created July 2010 by Jordan Hyaesook and Ayako for the first synchronicity workshop as a tool to reveal the hidden and implicit synergies between people, and the paraphernalia they carry on them.
Tool was developed to achieve:
- 1) a less pre-meditated/thought about path to synergy seeking;
- 2) opening workshops up to serendipity;
- 3) a way to get participants to talk about interesting/sentimental/personal objects without priming/seeding them in advance (sprung upon) by asking them explicitly to bring them.
- Diversification from 'professional knowledge exchange' in synergy workshops
- Finding a bridge to unthinking synergies - rather than thinking synergies
- Reflection on meaning in unitentional choices
- Reflection on individual/personal participant lifestyle
- Seed further ability to design at 'lifestyle' level
People always carry paraphernalia - we seek to uncover the relations between carrier and carried.
- Relation between carrier and carried offers lifestyle insight
- Synergies exist by coincidence - many people with many things = multiplicity
- Synchronicity is apparent connection through occurrence and meaning rather than causal relations. Coined by Carl Jung (~1920).
- Created to seek a more self-reflexive and lifestyle positioned output in metadesign workshops
- Ask participants to rummage through their pockets/bags to find an artefact of interest on their person.
- Participants take turns to reflect-through-speaking about the unintentional artefact and its context in groups
- Group facilitators steer (through open questions) participants towards discussion on lifestyle level.
Method of Action:
- Serendipity - fortunate accidents
- Synchronicity - apparent connection by other means than causal relation
- Used in conjunction with our Walk & Talk Tool (93), and the Mapping Team Relations Tool (11).