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The discussion was still interesting. By now, the group is quite familiar with the idea of the Dip and Fear. This common vocabulary allows us to discuss potential projects and ideas. We debated whether we should continue our discussion of solving a big problem, pick a project that we could do as a group, or have each person focus on an individual project. In the end, we talked about two project ideas and what would be involved in implementing them.
In retrospect, I should have focused more on the Poke the Box concept--not how to start a big project, but would could we do to start something new right now. Putting aside the big problem issues from last week, what could you start today without asking permission from anyone. This would have given us a more manageable topic and one more likely to lead to us shipping something concrete.
I've also started emailing the week's lesson to everybody in our group. I copy the text and links from the pdf and add a brief introduction. This serves as a good reminder of the what is in store. Below is what i sent out for Week Three:Dear all,After a brief hiatus, it is time to restart. Week One concentrated on Fear and what holds us back from stepping up. Last week, we looked at big problems and what it would take to solve them. We focused on how poorly Congress functions and the lack of compromise. As we talked further, we realized that we were part of the problem in that we didn't talk politics with those who disagreed with us. =12ptThis week, the focus is on actually starting something. We're meeting tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm. I look forward to the discussion. =12ptPreclass Reading/Listening:• What Did You Do During the 2000s? (7 mins) [color=#1155CC]http://www.fastcompany.com/46555/what-did-you-do-during-2000s[/color]• Poke the Box, pp. 1-12 (12 mins): [color=#176093]http://www2.smartbrief.com/hosted/seth_godin_poke_the_box.pdf[/color]• Startup School by Seth Godin: Episode 12 The Dip (22 mins): [color=#1155CC]http://www.earwolf.com/episode/the-dip/[/color]Think and writePull out your list of project ideas from the last class session and then answer:• Is it more important for you to care deeply about the solution itself or the people you are serving? Come to class prepared to defend your point of view.· How long is the dip for each of these projects? Or, in other words, what is the time required to ship each project?• Which of the projects on your list do you care about enough to actually start and carry through the dip? If none, conduct a personal brainstorming session to come up with new ideas that re"ect who you are and what you believe.• Which one is most important to you? Pick one.Read “8 questions and a why,” ([color=#1155CC]http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/12/8-questions-and-a-why.html) then answer the 8 questions based on the project you care most about, and after each answer, ask 'why?' Here are the questions:[/color]1. Who are you trying to please?2. What are you promising?3. How much money are you trying to make?4. How much freedom are you willing to trade for opportunity?5. What are you trying to change?6. What do you want people to say about you?7. Which people?8. Do we care about you?Bring your project idea and the answers to the 8 questions to class