Workshop Kidslab at the Media Trends event 2013, Geneva

Webster University Geneva’s Media Communications Department will hold its 4th annual Media Trends conference from April 8 to April 10. This year we have chosen to focus our spotlight on media issues related to children, “Challenging Crossroads: Children and the Media,” will investigate some of the more contentious media crossroads that today’s youth  traverse. Panels on media ethics, protecting children on the internet, media activism, child exploitation, children’s health and media literacy provide the framework for Media Trends 2013. Related workshops will be held on the third day of the conference.

With a better understanding of how the media function, we will be better equipped to move society to a better place. Such positive change will take everyone’s cooperation and collaboration. If we are to see progress; youth, parents, educators, media professionals and corporations, policy makers and a host of other individuals must work together, sharing the common goal of improving society.

Full program here

Addictlab’s Jan Van Mol will be facilitating a workshop:

Workshop 4 – “KIDSLAB : innovate a grown up world via children’s brains”
Jan Van Mol – Founder Addict Lab, a creative laboratory uniting thousands of creatives globally
Addictlab’s brainstorming sessions marshal people from different cultures, backgrounds and disciplines to come up with new ideas and generate innovative thinking. But children should be an important part of the process.

The Kidslab project aims to:
a. accelerate kids creative talents
b. have kids think about solutions by cocreation & collaboration
c. incorporate kids creative thinking to find solutions & new angles on dedicated problems.

A. Accelerating talent
How can we accelerate our children’s  talents? Kids are invited to bring their ideas & creations.
A book they are writing, a painting, an app idea.

B . Collaboration & ideation
Kids will be invited to come up with ideas on the following Addictlab projects:
1. Touristlab: ideas for the tourist market
2. Urban Green Lab : ideas to make our cities more green
3. Chocolate Lab : yes, indeed.

C. tools
What tools do we have to encourage creative thinking and collaboration?
The workshop will test out different methodologies & tools, from idea wall posters to the newly developed ideator app on iPads. Ideally, participating kids could be new members of addictlab’s kidslab community.

Ideas, thoughts? Let me know.

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