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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Workshop Weeks at Filament

We’ve been thinking about a new offering here at Filament called “Workshop Weeks.” In the spirit of “Shitty First Drafts” and working out loud, here’s a cleaned-up summary of a Twitter thread that captures the idea:

Lots of people have great ideas, but need an occasional push to build a cool prototype, finish a project, or explore a new business model.

What if that push came from a handful of other creative, interesting people who are also working on their cool prototype, project, or business model?

And what if that interesting group of unique people building cool things was supplemented by a handful of professional writers, coders, prototypers, innovators, and designers?

And what if we brought all of those cool people and talented "helpers" into an amazing space for a week of support, help, advice, work, and getting shit done?

This wouldn't be an agenda-driven, expert-centric, un-conferency gathering, summit, or meetup. Instead, it would be a week of caffeine-fueled, peer-supported, engaged working on real projects -- with people who are building something cool on their own (but helping you, too).

We'd limit the number of "projects" to 10 or so, and support both individual change-makers and small teams. We'd also include housing at a brand-new boutique hotel across the street.

Facilitation would be limited to a handful of daily, scrum-like check-ins with progress pitches at each day's end -- though we'd ask every attendee to spend at least an hour each day helping someone else.

Does this sound interesting? We don't think there should be a single industry focus, and believe there's likely an application process for prospective attendees.

Let us know what you think, and please give me a sense of what price seems fair (though a pay-what-you-want model is really interesting). I'm hoping our first Workshop Week happens late Summer, 2019.

Look for more information soon!