In 2008, Lance co-founded a roving gathering focused on story-driven innovation. Today Learn Do Share holds events in 10 cities that harness storytelling, play, collaborative design and technology as tools for social innovation. LDS has designed and run event / labs for Columbia University, the UN, Unicef and the Danish Government. This fall, LDS is partnering with Hub LA and the City of Los Angeles to create the city’s first Civic Innovation Lab. Part design lab, part community caucus, part accelerator of urban solutions, Civic Innovation Lab at Hub LA is dedicated to the development of real solutions designed with and for communities throughout Los Angeles.
In May 2014, Lyka’s Adventure headed to Australia to kick off our global tour. Over the course of 12 days we crisscrossed the country doing media interviews, running labs in schools and promoting the first of 8 books that is being published by Penguin. Tour stops included the Melbourne Zoo, Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to name a few. The highlight of the trip was running Lyka’s Adventure Labs for over 400 students around the country. The Labs harness storytelling, play and design thinking as tools for discovery based learning with an emphasis on teaching 21st Century skills (rapid prototyping, physical computing, collaborative design, STEM).
Over the course of 14 months, Lance lead a team of over 50 people to create an immersive experience that harnessed storytelling, code and participatory culture to tell an original story that paid homage to iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg.
BODY/MIND/CHANGE is recognized by the prestigious MUSE Awards and the Webbys for its innovative use of story and code.
“Building Storyworlds – the art, craft & biz of storytelling in 21c” is an ongoing prototype and story R&D (research & development) project. The goal is to develop an open resource that experiments with the notion of storytelling in the 21st Century.
The prototyping is centered around a book that I wrote in twitter. Using the limitations of twitter, each page of the book is written in a 140 characters or less. The 140 theme is then carried further as the book will be released in a 140 copy run. An experiment in scarcity and abundance, each page of the book says “set this book free please retweet.”