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5 Fires: Life/Work Design Sprint

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Mondovi, WI 54755

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5 Days. 5 People. 5 Fires. A workshop to help you design what's next. Based on design thinking, agile startup and permaculture methods.

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5 Fires is a 5-day design sprint based on a process developed by Google Ventures. We've adapted this proven process to help individuals innovate on their life and work using ideas and tools from design thinking, agile development and permaculture design.  This program is a practical and enjoyable way to help you move forward with that big project, new career, start-up business, post work adventure or… whatever you need to start or unstick.

This workshop is for you if...

You got a pink slip.

Laid off. Shit-canned. Fired. Call it what you want. Something better is ready to grow out of the ashes. Get out of your funk. It's not the end of one thing, it's the beginning of something better.

You’re sick of working a bullshit job.

Does your job even matter? Is a robot about to take it over?  Take 5 days off, hang out on a pretty organic herb farm, enjoy delicious organic food, burn some shit and make a plan to start something new.  It’s only 5 days and while you’re gone I bet they won’t even notice. 

You have no idea.

Building creative confidence is part of design thinking. You might feel stuck, but the seeds of new ideas are ready to sprout. You'll use practical tools to generate new ideas and get plenty of inspiration from our verdant herb fields and the support of your new friends. We won't promise that you'll find a map to your next adventure, but you will have new places to explore.

You have an idea. 

You have an idea  to start something, but  aren't making much progress. This sprint will light you up and get you going. The program uses techniques drawn from lean start-up and design thinking with a bias toward action.  

Retired but not tired.

You want to"retire". Maybe you already did. But you're want to do something interesting, productive, meaningful,productive or useful. Design thinking is a great way to look at designing this phase of your life.

Some Highlights:

  • 5 days starting Monday afternoon and finishing by  on Friday night.
  • Join us for lunch, dinner and snacks. We'll cook together with fresh organic food from the farm and our Amish neighbors.
  • Stay in the writer's cabin, playhouse, loft, guest room, camp or stay off site. (First come first serve.)
  • Chop wood, drive a tractor, smoke, roast, bake, weld, blacksmith. 
  • Call home from the Amish telephone booth.
  • Talk to cows and pigs.
  • Learn about medicinal herbs
  • Smell the flowers.
  • Accomplish something that's important to you.
  • We'll do our best to be COVID Safe.

What's with the fires?

Fire is a powerful metaphor that will inform your work and spark new ideas. Besides, burning shit is fun and a great excuse to cook delicious food.  We don’t want to give it all away up front, but here’s the gist:

SMOKE

We’ll fire up the smoker and see what we can transform with this under-appreciated ingredient and use smoke as a way to think about defining and re-framing your challenge.  

PIT

A pit or bondfire is an open and versatile fire. We’ll cook meat, roast coffee, boil water for fresh herbal tea and use this fire to inspire you to draw on your imagination to uncover innovative ideas that meet your challenge. 

OVEN

A wood  oven is a more contained heat. We can make pizza. We can bake bread.  As it cools we simmer a stew and dry herbs. The oven represents the stage in our process where you decide which ideas to pursue and you can begin to add more specificity to your solution. 

FORGE

The heat gets more intense in the forge. We’ll do some rough blacksmithing and make a practical souvenir.  The forge is the stage in your plan where you'll prototype a solution to make it feel real enough to test it and see if it has strength. 

EFFIGY

An effigy is a ceremonial fire.  We’ll celebrate the completion of our sprint by building an effigy of the Resistance Monster and burning it to the ground. In the ashes of the Resistance Monster we’ll conclude by making a next action plan and  setting off to keep our projects moving forward. 

Eating and sleeping.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as part of the program. We'll work together to cook and clean up. Much of the food will come out of the garden or from our neighbors. Lodging is available in town or from neighboring airbnbs, however you are welcome and encouraged to to stay on the farm. Bring a camper, pitch a tent, sleep in your car. We have some extra tents and a hunting shack too. There's a kitchenette and shower available.

Wifi is also available at the farm and you can call home from the Amish phone booth.

What about Covid 19?

Hopefully the virus will be under control by summer. If not, we have a plan. While we can't eliminate the risk entirely, we can reduce it to become highly improbable. We're calling our protocol R&R, Reduce and Respect: Reduce risks. Be respectful of others . To reduce risk as much as possible we'll ask that everyone in advance of the workshop either: get a vaccine, get a test and/or maintain safe practices by limiting contacts, wearing masks and social distancing. (Of course, if you're not feeling well before the workshop you'll stay home. We'll refund your fees and have you back another time.) During the workshop we'll hold group activities and meals outside or in very open and ventilated spaces. We expect that everyone will be respectful of each other and their individual choices for covid prevention.

What you’ll take away.

New ideas new skills, new friends. You’ll get a change of scenery and, hopefully, a change of perspective. You’ll take away a  a concrete idea and punch-list to move your project forward.

Who's behind all this?

Wowza

This workshop was created by Wowza, an experience design firm specializing in human-centered design and design sprints. Workshops are facilitated by Jeff Rabkin.

Crazy Rooster Farm & Amish Telephone Booth

A 60 acre permaculture-inspired, former Amish farm in rural Buffalo Country. Here you'll find some grass fed beef cows, a few pigs, some cordwood masonry building and the local Amish telephone booth. It is also home to Sacred Blossom Farm, where medicinal herbs are grown, processed and blended into amazing herbal teas. 


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