Reboot Stories harnesses storytelling, technology and design science to form an innovation engine for cross-generational learning and social good. Co-founded by Lance Weiler, Janine Saunders and Atley Loughridge in 2012, Reboot Stories has partnered with the UN, the World Economic Forum, Columbia University, and others to design and run global cross-generational learning platforms. In 2012, Reboot Stories was awarded the prestigious Tribeca New Media Fund award. Mashable recently named Reboot Stories “one of the top five social good / educational startups to watch.”
"Make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
- Buckminster Fuller
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and engage audiences, Lance has designed experiences that have reached millions of people via theaters, mobile devices and online. In recognition of these storytelling innovations, BUSINESSWEEK named Lance “One of the 18 Who Changed Hollywood.” Lance sits on two World Economic Forum steering committees; one focused on the Future of Content Creation and the other examines the role of Digital Media in Shaping Culture and Governance. Most recently, GOOD magazine named Lance one of their GOOD 100, a gathering of people inspiring and moving the world forward in 2013. Lance teaches at Columbia University on the art, craft and business of storytelling in the 21st Century and is currently working on a trilogy of participatory storytelling projects that centers on digital literacy and cross-generational learning.
Our global diy days event is a place where inspiration turns into action. Consisting of a series of talks, workshops, prototyping sessions, and a hands-on Experience Hall, diy days transcends “lean-back” conference models. Participants learn, do, and share. Cross-disciplinary innovation draws an eclectic mix of storytellers, hackers, game developers, educators, students, scientists, architects, musicians, and designers from around the globe.
diy days is one of a kind in that it is free and open to all, launching projects that the community can participate in year round.
Reboot Stories Labs are a living think-and-do event that uses storytelling, game mechanics and future scenario design to unleash the imagination of many. It is a think tank meets social hackathon that tackles a wicked problem over the course of three days. A local NGO is often selected as a partner and the Reboot Lab works to provide mindshare, people power and open design to help the NGO tackle a wicked problem they are facing.
In 2013, Reboot Stories Labs will run in different locations, each focusing on a category (health, education, economy, government, sustainability, culture, urbanization humanity). The lab is a partnership between FreedomLab Future Studies and Reboot Stories. The results are shared under a Creative Commons license and archived on www.learndoshare.net to be shared, remixed and expanded.
Reboot Stories Labs are designed to tackle a local problem with your help. We invite 40 to 60 participants from mixed sectors, who will prototype a micro agent for change following Buckminster Fuller’s premise: “How can we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?”
FreedomLab, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Parsons the New School of Design, Columbia University & UCLA
Learn Do Share is a resource and r&d collective for open collaboration, design fiction and speculative innovation. Scientists, storytellers, designers, hackers, producers, fans, architects, and engineers help create a series of case studies and templates, each of which explains and reflects on collaborative experiments and social prototyping. The results of our open collaboration are rather unusual look-do-and-think-books that explore our methods and lessons learned. The aim is to trigger social innovation by sharing assets for everyone to tap. LEARN DO SHARE is closely intertwined with diy days and was initiated by Ele Jansen as part of her ethnographic research methodology for her PhD at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Her roadmap is your imagination.
Lyka’s Adventure is an experiential education project that centers on Lyka, a robot scientist from outer space who is trying to help her ailing home planet Amee. Students fuel Lyka’s adventure by exploring sustainability, art and technology. The ecosystem of this storyworld comprises:
• A series of books in partnership with Penguin
• A plush toy
• A mobile app
• An immersive website
• A live tour
Lyka travels the world hosting school workshops in which students become the teachers, designing ways for their fellow students to enrich Laika’s storyworld. In an ongoing R&D partnership with The Village of Arts and Humanities, student creations have included:
• Making Lyka’s alien home planet terrain out of clay
• Fashion designing spacesuits for kids and Lyka
• Writing native welcome songs for Lyka
• Hacking Lyka to make her light up with LED, solar panels and Arduinos
• Making stop action videos about sustainable solutions
• Creating new characters for Lyka’s storyworld
Once Lyka has completed her journey around the world, she’ll take all of the children’s creations into a real NASA rocket and shoot up into space. The hope is that when the children look up into the night sky, they’ll be reminded of how far their imaginations can carry them.
Wish for the Future mixes participatory storytelling and design science to envision a better world. Participants make a wish for the future. Wishes are granted through a creative act such as writing a story, making a piece of art, sharing a song, or creating a video. Then granted wishes are prototyped using 3D printers and software hacks in an effort to create a tangible artifact. Afterward, wishes, creative expressions, and prototypes will be placed in multiple time capsules and buried for 100 years.
Inspired by the Voyager Golden Records that were sent into space in 1977 and the work of Buckminster Fuller, Wish for the Future is an effort to ignite the imagination of many through experiential learning, creative expression, and collaboration.
Wish for the Future is released under a creative commons license and is intended to be shared, remixed and expanded. We're currently developing the project as a board game / mobile app that will interface with the project's site.
My Sky Is Falling (MSiF) is an immersive experience that harnesses technology and story to create empathy for the challenges faced by foster youth aging out of the system. Guided by immersive performances and sensor technologies, participants uncover a dystopian sci-fi tale. The ending reveals MSiF’s roots in real experiences of foster care when participants have an open dialogue with the foster youth behind the production.
This Reboot Stories purposeful storytelling open design was developed with Columbia University, foster care NGO Orange Duffle Bag Initiative, and Lydia Joyner, a writer/director who grew up in foster care.
In partnership data research center The Harmony Institute and Affectiva, a biosensor company out of MIT’s New Media Lab, we continue to innovate new ways to collect data and measure the social impact of MSiF’s immersive experience. MSiF and this data are the basis of our whitepaper, which will help inform industry shifts towards depth of engagement, empathy, action-oriented investment, purposeful storytelling, digital literacy, and social change.
This data also informs iterations of MSiF, which will be released as a creative commons framework for foster youth to produce with foster care groups like the Brevard Family Partnership and ASPIRAnet to use in training sessions for potential foster parents and social workers. The intention is to help participants understand on an emotional level what it is like to be a foster child.
Are you interested in storytelling, play, design, and social good? Reboot Stories is part of a global community of thinkers & doers. If you like to collaborate with us we'd love to hear from you.