On 13th of November 2019 we will organise a new course at the Design Thinkers Academy in Amsterdam. The training will follow the basic line of our workshop: Meaningful collaboration with music thinking and therefore will explain in little theory and also with some exercises on how to use music thinking in an organisation.
For the third time, we will facilitate a Music Thinking breakout session during the Design Thinking Conference in Amsterdam. This time we call our session The Sounds of Empathy.
Like previous years, the conference has the subtitle ‘through different eyes‘ and the focus on empathy. Instead of definitions, tools and showcases, the conference focuses on inspirations to question oneself, debates getting further, perspectives outside the comfort zones, all in togetherness and positivism, and with a bit of lightness.
The Sounds of Empathy
During the breakout session, we will touch all six cues of the Music Thinking Framework, starting with the Empathy cue. Empathy is the cue to change. It starts with listening. In the workshop, we go on a quest to find sounds of empathy. We share the sounds, make a short interactive composition and perform it at – and together with – the conference.
In May we did one-day music thinking workshop for a very energised team of about 22 communication experts in a great venue in the black forest of Germany.
We started the day with some Music In You by letting the participants write down and cluster their favourite songs + artists. These songs are also put together in a Spotify Playlist.
After a short introduction to Music Thinking and the Music Thinking Framework, we continued with an individual Serendipity Lab exercise with the Jam Cards. The findings from the results were first discussed in duos, after which the discussion was brought further and iterated upon in quartets that were based around one of the six cues of Music Thinking.
After the lunch break, we did a Paper Creativity Session to introduce the participants to the concept of leadership and followership by practising the basics of creativity:listen, guide and support.
Eventually it was time to get back to the quartets and to REMIX all the gained knowledge. We closed the day with 1 minute performances by each quartet. A lot of smiling faces and an energised team afterwards: What a great energetic Music Thinking workshop!
In April we did half-day music thinking workshop for an international think tank that stands for ‘brands with a conscience’. The idea was to generate new ideas for the celebration of their 20th anniversary in 2020.
First, they diverged using the Serendipity Lab approach. After that, they worked in duos’ and quartets to create a long list of ideas. Then, instead of just presenting the ideas, the members acted like a music group and wrote the lyrics in co-creation and then performed a short Rap to give the ideas more spontaneity and emotions.
Here is a short video that shows the whole process and spontaneous creativity.
Spotify Codes offer a brand new way for users to share and discover the amazing content on Spotify. It’s as easy as taking a picture.
As you might have noticed, the Jam Cards have such a Spotify code on the bottom left corner.
How to play the sonic trigger of a Music Thinking Jam Card:
Open the Spotify app on your phone or tablet
Go to ‘search’.
Click on the ‘camera icon’ on the right side of the ‘search field’ at the top of the screen.
Scan the code.
Listen and enjoy.
Tip: Close your eyes and use headphones.
What are the Music Thinking Jam Cards
An inspirational card set for changemakers, pattern recognisers, innovators, transformers and natural collaborators. The Jam Cards consist of 38 inspiration cards and six cue cards. All inspiration cards have a keyword, a visual and a sonic trigger, a trigger question, an inspirational quote, and six cues that connect with the Music Thinking Framework. You can use the cards from a strategic point of view, knowing what you want or need and a serendipity approach open to everything that will happen.
Order the Music Thinking Jam Cards
You can order the jam cards via your local bookstore (worldwide) and have a nice chat with the people there and try the cards right away, or just buy them directly at BIS Publishers.
Now is the time for a blog about music thinking. Since the new music thinking website went online, there is a lot to share, and so we decided to start a blog about everything music thinking. We will share updates about workshops, programmes, new templates, tips and tricks and you can read all the 38 stories from ‘Behind the Cards’ – the background thoughts about every inspiration card of the Music Thinking Jam Cards.
From 20 October we will (hopefully) post every week a ‘behind the cards story’. A story about the thoughts and inspirations we had while designing the cards; some background information, chit-chat or just exciting information about the inspirational quotes (mostly from musicians), the picture on the front of the cards we call visual trigger and the sound example, we call sonic trigger.
Why 20 October? Well, this will be the release date of the Music Thinking Jam Cards, they will be available from this day on and I just checked Wikipedia who else is born on this day and there are some excellent musicians that share the date: Composer Charles Ives, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, Estonian bagpipe player Aleksander Maaker, American singer-songwriter and banjo player Grandpa Jones, saxophonist Eddy Harris, guitarist Wanda Jackson, Croatian soprano Dunja Vejzović, Japanese singer Michie Tomizawa and rapper Snoop Dog.
O.k., it is also the day that Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed, and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines died in the crash. But hey, let’s be positive because Elizabeth II also opened the Sydney Opera House after 14 years of construction (the opera house, not the queen).
So hopefully you are excited as we about sharing and if you have some ideas, inspirations or requests (which card should be first) please let us know.