Orange 2010 PreConference #3 Notes – Storyrealing with Michael and Andrew

Here are my random notes from the Storyrealing PreCon Workshop… (my more cohesive thoughts to come later!)

We want dads to see our stage and say, “Hey that looks like stuff in my garage.” Then they put dads up on stage to learn how to use stuff in their garage to reach their families.

Rube Goldberg -esque contraptions (I have to look that one up)

What’s the one crazy thing you’d like to do in this next year?

You can talk anyone into doing almost anything… Think of something crazy enough that people can’t help but be involved

Work for some people is play… it’s up to you to decide (via Tom Sawyer). Get people involved.

These guys are too funny and somewhat random… so it’s fun!

Andrew wearing a lingerie washboard

And we’re treated to a wonderful rendition of Lone Ranger theme

You can take a couple of weeks to learn something new and use it… why not?

The people who aren’t creative are the ones who say they aren’t creative

Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on TED is AMAZING! (someone talked about going back to school to teach preschool)

So they are taking people’s crazy ideas and then suggesting some greater idea to it! So cool!

You just became interested because something might hit you in the back of the head (they have an air cannon that will shoot from the back of the performing arts center)

With crazy ideas, the answer is always YES
There’s got to be a way to make something happen

OK Go!

adafruit.com for button pushes and lights

Shooting Timbits with a slingshot! cool idea

They’re building a contraption with 13 things
catapult or chicken chucker
air cannon
trigger
wrllz of hurt – wrist rocket with rubber ball on the end of fishing line!
rockets
rc stuff
screen door closer
foam props
giant props
wooden boxes
zip lines and pulleys
electrical switches
WOW piece
Bring what you already have to the next level… Collaborate with others to make them work.

Now is a great time for bad ideas to lead us to good ones! (to be used in brainstorming) Don’t let a bad idea stop you.

Participation is KEY to creating a memorable event.

Do not be afraid to ask for stuff.

See hardware that looks like other things. Look at things differently.


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6 thoughts on “Orange 2010 PreConference #3 Notes – Storyrealing with Michael and Andrew

  1. @jhm4th says:

    FYI: a Rube Goldberg machine is an overly-complex device that is basically nonsense steps to accomplish something simple. For example, the old Mousetrap game was a Rube Goldberg machine, lots of Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons featured them, and you can check out a cool one at

    by OK Go (the rock band on treadmills guys.) How'd this get worked into the conversation?

  2. henryjz says:

    Thanks for that link! These guys like to make Rube Goldberg contraptions. I'll be posting a vid of the one they did in the preconference later.

  3. Bill says:

    What blew me away with Michael and Andrew was their accessibility throughout the conference. Their way of "storyrealing" really turned me on my head and it took the next day where I could really wrap my head around it. I talked at length with Andrew. On Friday, I got to weld for the very first time. Afterward, he and I began the initial concept of a contraption for our VBS this year. I immediately pitched it to our KidMin director and she was on board.

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