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The Icarus Sessions
The Icarus Sessions
This page gives you a quick overview of the rules and reasoning behind the (hopefully monthly) Icarus Sessions.
They're free, they happen all over the world and they will inspire you to make work that matters. Coordinated via Meetup Everywhere, every city and hamlet can have one. The first worldwide session to going to be held at 7 pm local time on January 2nd. Generally, it's dutch treat, with attendees coordinating the venue and splitting the cost... everyone volunteers, no one makes a profit. When you get to Meetup Everywhere, find your city, and even volunteer to be an organizer if you're so inclined.
The short version: ten or fifty or a hundred people come together and follow the simple rules of the Icarus Session, outlined below. You meet, connect, support and then go back into the world, ready to make a ruckus.
The rules are simple
The Icarus Sessions are a challenging new way to bring your art forward. Not to make a sales pitch, not to get customers or patrons, but to find the courage to stand up and say, "here, I made this."
You can attend a session without presenting, of course.
A presentation at an Icarus Session is 140 seconds long. You can go shorter, but not a second longer. You can use slides, or handouts, or even better, just bring your enthusiasm. The assignment: Tell the group about your art. What have you created? What frightened you? What matters?
Not a pitch. An act of brave vulnerability.
I made this.
It scared me.
This might not work.
Here's how it changed me.
What do you think?
How to get picked
Find the organizer of your local Meetup Everywhere and contact her (or him) and find out how presenters are chosen.
Here are three common methods:
1. Everyone speaks. This works particularly well for smaller events. At 140 seconds, that means it takes less than an hour for twenty people to present.
2. Names in a hat. This is impromptu and couldn't be more open while at the same time respecting the math of large groups.
3. Apply and be chosen. This maximizes the chance that every presenter is prepared, but it takes more work on the part of the organizer.
How to find the Icarus Session near you!
Click on the big picture above and it will take you to http://www.meetup.com/sethgodin/days/ and then click on "View Details".
When possible, consider joining an thriving Meetup instead of splintering... But if there's no Meetup in your city and you're up for it, please take a leap and start one.
Video is optional
If you've practiced your 140 seconds and you want them shared with the world, videotaping is totally appropriate. Go ahead and post it on YouTube. Particularly great Icarus Sessions will spread, be posted, embedded, talked about and inspire.
The 140 second format lends itself to viral video, and there's no one to stop you. So go ahead if you like.
How to become an organizer?
1. Go to the Meetup Everywhere site
2. Join a meetup in your city, or start one
3. Hang out in the discussion and volunteer. It's sort of a vote of acclimation, lead by doing, committee mindset.