About Learn Do Share

Learn Do Share (LDS) is a grassroots innovation engine; a combination of events, labs and peer production. We are a community for open collaboration, design fiction and social innovation.

The three words LEARN, DO and SHARE embody our philosophy: we learn from everyone. we do by prototyping. we share what we learn.

Our events and labs are gatherings for ad-hoc groups to meet, ideate and work out concepts for a common good.

Our peer production cycles help groups stay together to co-create prototypes of their collective imaginations. The most prominent are Caine’s Arcade, My Sky Is Falling, and The BUKE.

Our books, documentaries and projects are carried forth by our participants to inspire other people to do the same.

Our Learn Do Share methodology and framework, which we like to call an OS (operating system) is being adapted by Universities, organizations and makerspaces as a tool to help tackle wicked problems by harnessing storytelling, play, designing thinking and collaboration. Over the last four years, we’ve collaborated with Jorgen van der Sloot and FreedomLab to design and prototype a social innovation lab to explore solutions for complex problems. The Learn Do Share lab runs at our events as well as having been staged for Columbia University, the UN, the City of Los Angeles, UNICEF and the Danish Government.

LEARN DO SHARE is a global prototype developed and run at Columbia University

Our mission is inspired by this quote from visionary and architect Buckminster Fuller:

“Make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

– Buckminster Fuller

  • Empathy Lab

    By harnessing an authentic multi-pronged approach, the Empathy Lab strives to ignite a global conversation on Gender Bias, Self Worth & Power. Through a series of “Think & Do” sessions across various industry sectors (health, tech, gov’t, education and entertainment) the project explores cultural differences while at the same identifying universal truths. This joint project taps the innovative storytelling abilities of Refinery29 and the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab and combines them with the collaborative design and participatory engine of LEARN DO SHARE.

    New Fellow Initiative

    The U.S. Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy will host a LEARN DO SHARE fellow from Columbia University to explore open gov and improving UX in government .  Read More

    The Future of Public Media

    LEARN DO SHARE and the Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia partner with PBS to explore new forms and functions of storytelling. Through a series of collaborative design sessions a diverse group will gather in multiple cities across the country in an effort to imagine the future of public media.

    Narrative Medicine Digital Storytelling Lab

    The Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia utilizes the LEARN DO SHARE OS to create collaborative spaces that tackle complex challenges using storytelling, game mechanics and design thinking. This past fall the Digital Storytelling lab partnered with the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia, Penguin Books and author, comedian and actor Stephen Fry to explore how storytelling can aid communication between patients and caregivers. The results of the lab are currently being complied and will be released as a report later this spring.

    Building a Mesh Network

    LEARN DO SHARE partners with the Village of Arts & Humanities to build a Mesh Network in Philadelphia. The Mesh Network is being informed and designed by the residents of the community and represents the first time that broadband will be available in the neighborhood.

    Dropout Cyclery / Mobile Makerspace in LA

    LEARN DO SHARE LA 2013/2014 gave birth to and helped to incubate a bike shop and roving makerspace that teaches youth design, engineering, math and entrepreneurship. The project started as a concept written on a napkin during one our labs by a 17 year old highschool dropout and has grown into a series of programs that are dropping into Charter Schools, libraries and neighborhoods across LA.

  • 2016 Events

    February 11th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup PARIS

    February 19th, 2016 
    Global Think &  Do Session on Gender Bias in Storytelling, NYC

    February 23rd, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    March 18th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup ROME

    March 19th, 2016 
    Global Think &  Do Session on Gender Bias in Storytelling, NYC

    March 28th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    April 8th, 2016 
    UX Exponential, WASHINGTON D.C. (LEARN DO SHARE + US STATE DEPT develop first of its kind UX event and program to bridge silos in the State Department)

    April 9th, 10th & 11th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE PARIS

    April 26th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    April 28th, 2016 
    Global Think &  Do Session on Gender Bias in Storytelling, SYDNEY

    May 31st, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    June 4th, 2016 
    Global Think &  Do Session on Gender Bias in Storytelling, LA

    June 10th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE WARSAW

    June 28th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    July 26th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    August 30th, 2016 
    LEARN DO SHARE Meetup NYC @ Lincoln Center

    2015 Events

    January 23rd & 24th, 2015
    LEARN DO SHARE Gothenburg

    February 6th – 8th, 2015
    LEARN DO SHARE Miami

    April 2nd, 2015 
    LEARN DO SHARE Montreal

    April 9th – 11th, 2015
    LEARN DO SHARE Paris

    June 24th, 2015 
    LEARN DO SHARE Warsaw

    June 26th & 27th, 2015
    LEARN DO SHARE Barcelona

    Civic Innovation Lab Launches in LA

    We’re excited to announce the launch of Civic Innovation Lab Los Angeles. A partnership between Learn Do Share, Hub LA & the City of LA. For more info visit civicinnovationlab.la

     

  • Our LEARN DO SHARE methodology and framework, which we like to call an OS (operating system) is being adapted by Universities, organizations and makerspaces as a tool to help tackle wicked problems by harnessing storytelling, play, design thinking and collaboration. Over the last five years, we’ve collaborated with Jorgen van der Sloot and FreedomLab to design and prototype a social innovation lab to explore solutions for complex problems. The LEARN DO SHARE lab runs at our events as well as having been staged for the U.S. State Department, Columbia University, the UN, the City of Los Angeles, UNICEF, and the Danish Government.

     

    If you have a challenge that you feel would benefit from an open collaborative design space we’d love to hear from you. We design, facilitate and help to drive impact before, during and long after the lab has ended.

FEATURED PROJECT

 

The Village of Arts & Humanities utilizes LEARN DO SHARE methodologies and frame works to inform their programs and day to day operations. LEARN DO SHARE has been helping to design the Village’s new program entitled Spaces which is a residential lab for creative problem solving.

 

LEARN DO SHARE at Columbia

LEARN DO SHARE leverages a grassroots innovation engine; a combination of events, labs and peer production to drive and foster innovation and creativity throughout Columbia University. The R&D effort harnesses storytelling, design thinking and game design to explore the future of learning and work.

Volunteers Wanted

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with a number of ground breaking projects. If you’re interested in storytelling, play, design thinking and social innovation drop us a line.

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publications

  • Our Fieldbooks capture design and storytelling experiments at our live events. It’s a narrative exploration into ethos, socio-economic context and open collaboration. The result are a rather unusual look-do-and-think-books that explore the methods we used, pitfalls we encountered and lessons we learned when we try all kinds of games and methods to trigger social innovation. Click on images to download [7-20 MB].

     

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  • We are constantly developing new formats and methods to help groups collaborate in a fun and productive environment. Some shorter manuals are found in our books, and here are longer, more detailed ones that explain how to run different short-form open design challenges. These are all early prototypes, which we are still developing further, so we’d be excited to read your feedback if you try them.

     

  • A tweet of 140 characters sent out to a community of creatives marked the starting point of a storyworld that engaged two classrooms in Montreal and LA for a 10-day period in October 2011. The students and 50+ collaborators from eight countries helped shaping both story and project. Initiators Lance Weiler and Janine Saunders were interested in experimenting and rapid prototyping, so their team created a lose framework that allowed participants to step in and create both the project and the story itself. The goal was to apply storytelling as a purposeful means to improve education. This case study outlines the build of the story with a special emphasis on collaboration. It’s part of my PhD research and aims to share process and show how 21st century storyworlds can be a tool for experiential learning through creativity. Enter: Lyka.  [click here to download the pdf]

     

    A short survey made by Anthea Foyer and Siobhan O’Flynn is available on the TMC resource kit website.

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what people are saying

The LA Civic Innovation Lab that LEARN DO SHARE helped to design & build recognized as one of 20+ Inspiring Social Innovation Lab Examples Worldwide

 

Social innovation labs are increasingly popping up and evolving all over the world. They mostly focus on startups and business development around topics such as energy, environment, civic participation or the cities as a laboratories. For an introduction to social innovation read my blog post.

 

Most buzz is often about innovation labs focusing on startups (incubators and accelerators) often sponsored by venture capitalists or companies with a clear for-profit focus. But a lot is happening outside this scope focusing on people, society, challenges and how new technologies and new form of cooperation can result in change and impact. If you think that this is still at its beginning, you are most probably right, but the innovation lab landscape is changing quickly – just look at the Fablab movement or Google’s recent venture, Sidewalk Lab.

 

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At the LEARN DO SHARE workshop hosted by FilmGate Interactive this weekend, team “Raise The Earth” presented their ideas to make South Florida more of a place where people are motivated to take sustainable actions. The ideas presented by (left to right) Amy Molina, Tristan Calay, Teiheim Edwards, Sarah Engel, Meyling Yi, Brian Martinez, and Steven Espinoza will be incubated for the next 12 months by FilmGate. Photo by Jenna Buehler. 

Just how Miami Beach will survive amidst projected sea level rise is one of the thorniest issues affecting the island city. Last week, 30 teens from across South Florida brainstormed solutions as part of Learn Do Share, a multimedia workshop series that was part of the transmedia conference FilmGate Interactive.

Run by Columbia University, Learn Do Share. is a design workshop that helps prototype interactive solutions for global challenges.

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About Us

LEARN DO SHARE (LDS) is a grassroots innovation engine; a combination of events, labs and peer production. We are a community for open collaboration, design fiction and social innovation.

 

The three words LEARN, DO and SHARE embody our philosophy: we learn from everyone. we do by prototyping. we share what we learn.

 

Our events and labs are gatherings for ad-hoc groups to meet, ideate and work out concepts for a common good.

 

Our peer production cycles help groups stay together to co-create prototypes of their collective imaginations. The most prominent are Caine’s Arcade, My Sky Is Falling, and The BUKE.

 

Our books, documentaries and projects are carried forth by our participants to inspire other people to do the same.

 

Our LEARN DO SHARE methodology and framework, which we like to call an OS (operating system) is being adapted by Universities, organizations and makerspaces as a tool to help tackle wicked problems by harnessing storytelling, play, designing thinking and collaboration. Over the last four years, we’ve collaborated with Jorgen van der Sloot and FreedomLab to design and prototype a social innovation lab to explore solutions for complex problems. The Learn Do Share lab runs at our events as well as having been staged for the U.S. State Department, Columbia University, the UN, the City of Los Angeles, UNICEF and the Danish Government.

 

 

 

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