first stage consisting in gathering a considerable number of people having different origins/skills/fields of specialization around a common objective.
second stage in which the participants are invited to bare themselves completely and mix with the other participants, with the final aim of creating teams capable of developing “raw” ideas.
third stage consisting in the reorganization of the idea through a process in which each contribution gets “chopped” and mixed together in order to create a starting base.
last stage consisting in putting the ideas elaborated in the previous stage into a container in order to transform them in prototypes, before cooking them.
Be aware of what you are about to cook!
The first thing you need to do is introduce yourselves! Get to know your group, their background, capabilities and what they like to do for fun. It lets you know what kind of people your working with and it is better to know your working with a 5 star chef at the beginning and not at the end.
It's important when working in a team that everyone works in a collaborative way where you build off each other's ideas. For this it's important to keep a yes and mindset. If you disagree with an idea saying no but only puts up walls and stops ideas from flowing. Yes and is the magic two word combination that lets you focus in on the aspects you like of another person’s idea and push it forward with an idea of your own.
Remember this is a hack so your going to make mistakes, your going to try to new things and most of the time your going to be unsure of what your doing. It's ok, and it is important to embrace the uncertainty, the creative process is a messy one and it takes a lot of experimentation.
Don't talk, prototype! Many times ideas that are worked on only by talking can be hard to imagine and lead to teams going around in circles. Drawing a sketch or making a prototype can help your team understand where your coming from and give you a point to jump from.
It's important for you to be aware if your taking over a group and not giving your other team members the chance to speak. It's very easy to get excited about a project and want to contribute, that's a good thing! But remember the best projects are the ones where everyone in the team has had the chance to contribute and work together
Figuring out roles for everyone early on makes not only for a more efficient team, but a more harmonious group dynamics. It allows everyone to have a part they can build on, and quite often reduces conflicts between team members.
Coming up with the future of organic food is serious work but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it! Part of a hack is keeping loose and having fun with your team members. It helps keep the atmosphere light, which is the ideal condition you need to keep those creative minds flowing.
president of Alma Graduate School
professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Bologna and Honorary Visiting Professor of Cass Business School London)
MBA Food & Wine Track Director
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided