In Imagine, every day is intense, full and exciting as one whole month in “real life”! In spite of that, surprisingly, we learn how to expand our time day by day a little bit. ☺
Today, for instance, we had a full 16-hours day!
Xavi was already waiting for us with Imagineta at 6:27 am , to be ready at 7.00 am for the call-conference with Madrid and the 78 Thinkids Project children, leaded among others by the 2011 Dreamer Albert Ventura, an awesome professional and person.
Some children presented us their ideas and then we shared with them our projects, asking for their point of view…. their feedback were incredible! We learned a lot from them, as they allow us to see different ways to approach issues; for instance children clearly showed some concerns about the neuroscience helmet appearance and came up with great insights for the Education Team.
Sharing and integrating Thinkids ideas, the Imagineta arrived then at Palo Alto and…Stanford. It’s such a crazy and thrilling sensation being once again in this powerful place and, after just tree days, feeling as confortable as we were at home.
Being a Dreamer is every sensation raised to the third…at least.
In Stanford, Josep Lluis was waiting for us to work on two “traditional” creativity methodologies (Scamper & Morphoal Analysis) in a – of course – Imagine disruptive way. In a glimpse of en eye the 4 teams were spread through all Stanford, generating new ideas and trying to capture the strongest ones on whatever support our creative mind could find. Quite impressive results came up!
After a quick lunch in Palo Alto, we met Angelika and her cute dog Charlie at StartUp Embassy for a storytelling masterclass. Her professionalism & experience, together with her strength, hearth and generosity, make every minute with Angelika an unforgettable moment and make us, literally, willing to absorb every single word through our skin, to integrate it better.
She gave us three minutes to present ourselves using storytelling techniques: the whole group was absolutely surprised and empowered by the pitch every Dreamer was able to prepare in such a short lapse of time…. Laughs, tears, emotions and great ideas. I had the feeling we even succeeded in surprising Angelika this time :-9
At 4 o’clock Alex Castellarnau was waiting for us ….at Ideo!! What a great feeling stepping into the world innovation Mecca, where the very same concept of the “mouse “ was born and where every year just one candidate is hired out of 10.000 cvs! I guess all the dreamers would have spent at least one week in Ideo headquarters.
Moreover, Alex presentation was a memorable one, full of passion, tips and key learnings, as the following concepts:
• Immersive realities: making the experience real
• Emotional Translogic, connecting through emotions
• Prototype as a way of learning, define indicators and testing
• Underdog: always be a challenger
• Break the Status Quo
• Coherence with what you honor
We’d need one entire book to develop just a 10% of the intensity and the experience we received from Alex in 1 hour….
The day ended at 22 o’clock, since after Ideo we went to visit Alvaro Sanmartin, a 2011 Dreamer that is now living the 500 Start-Ups experience with his project Floqq – an interesting e-learning platform with a lot of potential – . Alvaro showed us that being a Dreamer, once again, it’s not just about dreaming and that if you have the good idea, the qualities to succeed and the persistence to believe in your project, people can believe in you.
Coming back to the hotel, tired, emotionally moved and internally fulfilled, I realized that we have lived a day full of learning and received a lot of new information but, most of all, we have met passionate and generous persons that, through the gratuity attitude with which they shared their experience with us, really made us better Dreamers. Goodnight and thanks Imagine!