Below are my notes with some background from the first Wakatta design charette, supported by some relevant Calvin and Hobbes strips my son asked me to read the following day:
On Thursday and Friday, March 12th and 13th, I was invited to participate in a design charette held at the New School (if you don’t know what a charette is, don’t worry - just read on). The university building supporting the event, once a popular department store, is slated to be knocked down any day. This was a perfect metaphor for the goal of the event - work with two dozen or so other learning institutions around New York City, such as museums, libraries, after school programs, etc., to explore how learning in our city could be transformed if we built a cross-institutional, youth-centered network using digital media.
The project, named Wakatta (“I get it” in Japanese) issued the following challenge to the illustrious participants in the room: