Minneapolis, MNUSA 55427
November 22, 2010
To participate in a brainstorming group.
There were several new members from diverse backgrounds each with interesting slow hunches on which they work. Our connections to different ideas increased as each person gave a short description of their latest innovation activities. Therese led the group in a wonderful observational activity. It is simple to set up and provides insight into the one sense we use most of the time - our sight. The insight derives from NOT using it. We used only touch to "observe" an object in a small paper bag and sketch what we think it is with our other hand. Its more revealing than you might think. I was able to sketch the basic object. However, upon looking at the object I later found several surface features I had not "noticed" with the fleshy part of my hand. My feedback moment informed me I should have used my nails too. I don't think of a hard nail as having the flexibility to provide information about (what I preconceived was) a flat surface. This was an informative lunch.