The first week of our being together experience made me think about the “fuzzy front end of learning”. The question that I was asked for several times by many students was: what are we going to learn? So, I questioned my self: what would help us to deal with this fuzziness.
I remembered watching a very inspiring documentary containing some experiments about collective intelligence (will provide the name in comments). In an experiment, a scientist invited a large number of people to play a simple ping-pong computer game. Each individual was given a control panel consisting of a red and a green button which pushing them moved the rocket up and down on the screen. The cheerful crowd, as a team, played against the computer and joyfully experienced their collective performance (I’m not going into more details because may be we play the game ourselves).
What makes this experiment relevant to our Project community course is that we, as a community, deserve to have some purposeful fun. Playing such games helps us to overcome the fuzziness, takes us to a collective level of communication, makes us curious about the conditions that can improve a community’s performance and gives us a feeling of what type of joy wakes Nancy up at 5:30 AM in the morning to join us in area 51.