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Kardashians

March 27, 2017 – April 7, 2017

How might we...

  • How might we learn more effectively from each other?
    • How might we develop the habit of sharing our learnings with each other more frequently?
    • How might we share what we’re learning in a useful and light way?

Hypothesis

If we share short videos with each other five days a week for two weeks, then we will find sharing with each other easier and more compelling.

Design

Each person will make a video on WhatsApp of their learnings once a week.

Monday: Eugene
Tuesday: Jodie
Wednesday: Alison
Thursday: Mark
Friday: Elissa

Eugene will set up an automated email reminder to you on the day you are supposed to share the video.

Metrics

Between April 7 – May 7, how many times do people in E3 spontaneously share learnings with each other, outside of another facilitated gathering?

Minimum: At least one person chooses to share a thought (without prompting) with the group on what they’re learning

Target: At least two people choose to share a thought (without prompting) with the group on what they’re learning

Epic: Everyone chooses to share a thought (without prompting) with the group on what they’re learning

Learnings

Technically, we hit minimum success. However:

  • We ran into technical roadblocks that made it hard
  • The email notifications helped some of us
  • Even if we hadn’t, once a week for two weeks isn’t long enough to establish a habit

Decisions

  • Make sure everyone has resolved their technical problems. (Already resolved for 2/3 people.)
  • Instead of repeating the Kardashians experiment, Eugene wants to do a “The Martian” experiment (which someone had proposed as the original name for this experiment), where he does a video wrap-up of what he’s thinking about once a day for five days. Wants to see if others are inspired to do the same (or at least to share their thinking) without pre-committing to an experiment.

We have not yet tested a version of this experiment where we broadcast videos publicly (or at least with a larger audience). Something to think about for a future iteration.

Questions

Comments

  1. Final tally: 6 umms in the morning, 3 in the afternoon (along with this encouraging message from Mark!):

    Simply doing the experiment (and probably the group accountability) made me more conscious of my, “umms,” even without the feedback. The feedback itself definitely helped, and it was fun!

    Here’s a brief video (as part of the #kardashians experiment) explaining what I did and what I learned:

    #umm

  2. We took a quick survey to gather some data on how the Kardashians experiment went. Four out of five of us filled it out. Here are the results:

    kardashians_survey-2017-04-26-part1

    Off the top of your head, what themes or lessons came up in the videos that have stuck with you? (Please don’t re-watch the videos to answer this.)

    • How much this was a reflection on experiments. Eugene started us off with the Um experiment and then Elissa closed with provocative questions about privilege and experiments. I added in some via text about questions re the rigid frame of experiments and privilege although I was coming at it with a race frame. This makes me want to relisten to Mark’s audio because I remember that as moving me even though I can’t reproduce the content.
    • Intersection of experimentation and equity. How this weekly reflection (even just the two times that I did it) along with the reflections of others, sparked other kinds of creative thinking for me.
    • Mark on equity. Elissa on privilege.
    • I removed the app a couple of times during the process to deal with my technical difficulties and lost the content in the process so didn’t get to watch or listen to them all.

    kardashians_survey-2017-04-26-part2

    Any final thoughts?

    • Thanks for trying this form and getting the dashboard up and generally being a solid A on this experiment, Eugene. The conversation here has prompted me to actually start an outline and put some words on paper for a blog on experimentation!!!
    • I would like to try it again so I can more fully participate.

    #kardashians

  3. In Week 1, everyone tried to share a video, but only two were able to successfully, with one emailing an audio recording as a proxy.

    In Week 2, two of us shared a video on our designated date, one sent one later, and two skipped.

    As of today (almost three weeks after the experiment ended), only I have shared an extra video (a Kardashians wrap-up on the Monday after the experiment ended). We defined minimum success as at least one person sharing a video unprompted, so technically, this experiment succeeded.

    #kardashians

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