A quarterly series usually scheduled for Wednesdays at 4:30 in the BEACON Information Commons/Hub, 111-104.
December 4th, 2013 at 4:30pm
Luke Johnson, JPL Media Designer, will present “Robotic Deer, Purple Rocket Ships, and Vanity License Plates: A Conversation about Culture at JPL”.
In the summer of 2011, Luke Johnson set out to walk to every building on Lab in numerical order – a task that took 22 hours at a walking distance of 52.2 miles over 4 days. This curiosity-led experiment resulted in the creation of a map and smartphone app dubbed the Mysteries and Curiosities project.
Luke will tell the background story behind this project, focusing on the creativity, chutzpah, and entrepreneurial spirit required of design practices today (if not of all disciplines). He will also share his thoughts, from the lens of an artist/designer, on what it is like to communicate and understand a organization’s culture that is primarily focused on science.
Finally, Luke will share the latest installment of the Mysteries Project through three new projects that look at the Lab’s culture through three very different perspectives- that of children, summer interns, and the employees themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions:
An informal talk about a JPL project or series of event, usually giving a personal perspective or reminiscence about the experience.
Who are the storytellers?
Any JPL employee that has an interesting story to tell about his or her JPL experience.
What is the format of a JPL Story?
We try to keep the program as flexible as possible and include a cross section of storytellers from the JPL community. Stories can take place in the past, present or future; they can be historical or make believe; and they can be light-hearted or serious.
What is the purpose of the JPL Story Program?
They’re an effective way to communicate and understand an organization’s culture and can help employees develop a sense of organizational identity. Stories offer an approach different from the more formal lectures, seminars and town halls we have at JPL – they offer another way to be a part of the discussion.
Are the stories recorded?
With the storyteller’s permission, we make a videorecording of each story. These are available for viewing from Teresa Bailey, x4-9233, firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I participate? Please contact Teresa Bailey at ext. 4-9233