*PROJECT UPDATE* | FINAL STRETCH GOAL Released!
What's Worth Doing is a deck of cards for life's big (and small) decisions. By responding to four prompts with any combination of 85 words you'll get unstuck and discover new ideas for your next step — all in under 20 minutes.
Have you felt it? Life seems especially tricky these days.
The average person today will experience over thirty major transitions over the course of their lifetime. Oof...that's a lot.
You face big (and small) challenges everyday.
To make matters harder, you live in a world that feels increasingly messy — from global issues, to business challenges, to personal growth & development.
So what's *worth* doing?
How do we face the question that looms over all of these challenges? How do we decide what's worth doing?
WE'RE MAKING A DECK OF CARDS TO HELP!
What's Worth Doing uses a simple hexagon shape to help you create a mind map around three main questions:
- What challenges do you want to address?
- What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
- What do you like to make?
You'll be challenged to sort through 75 cards quickly and then draw connections across your mind map to see what types of interesting and meaningful projects you might do next. The cards help you navigate transitions and dive deeper into your work by designing small projects that allow you to learn, grow, and change your world for the better.
At the end, your final step will be to sort through the ten BOOSTER cards — resources you might need next to actually make your idea come to life.
HOW TO PLAY?
You can play it solo, with friends, colleagues, students, neighbors — really anyone who's interested in...you know...life.
WHO IS IT FOR + WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
We've tested the deck with over 200 people, which has led to deep discussions, personal epiphanies, and meaningful discoveries — all in less time than an episode of Blackish. Here are a few of the people that found the deck especially useful and what they've said about What's Worth Doing:
"I'm going to revamp our capstone course around this deck! Students can research the people/professions and the challenges — then design projects to complete by the end of the semester."
+ Team Leaders
"A helpful way to draw new connections across teams and discuss helpful solutions to the problems we actually care about."
+ Coaches & Counselors
"Playful, collaborative, easy to use/explain, and fun to pull out and use with my clients. We had new breakthroughs within the first 20 minutes!"
+ Academic Advisors
"A helpful discussion-starter for students to think about and test what's possible after college."
"Now I know how our family is going to plan our summer projects!"
+ College Students
"I was drawing new connections that I'd never thought of! I have a much better idea for what I need to do and who I need to connect with before I graduate."
+ Career Professionals
"I've been feeling stuck. Needing to try something new, but just on the side. These were just what I need to discover projects I could begin right away!"
HOW DID THIS COME TO BE?
Oh hey there. My name is Victor and I'm the founder of Experience Institute, a Lecturer at Stanford, and co-owner of Brand Deck.
In 2012, I was at my own crossroads. I needed more education, or so I thought. But the options were too expensive and more school just wasn't a fit for me. So I decided to design my own masters through 12 projects in 12 months, all over the world. I called it the Leap Year Project.
That year changed my life. So I started an organization focused on helping students and career professionals from all backgrounds navigate their own life transitions .
Transitions between school and the workplace. Between one job and the next (the average American today will have no fewer than 12 jobs over the course of their life). Between one career and the next. Between one important project to the next important project. During these conversations, we’d ask:
- What kinds of challenges do you want to work on? What issues in the world excite or frustrate you?
- How do you like to work? What activities do you enjoy? What do you like to make?
- What kinds of people do you want to be around and work alongside?
We all need a starting point, something that help us begin to see through the fog of endless possibilities and expectations. This is especially true in times of transition. So after having many of these conversations, we started developing this simple visual:
We found that this simple visual is incredibly helpful in framing the most important considerations. It led people to identify unique opportunities that exist in the overlap of all three circles—AKA, their starting point.
Inspiration for Design & Gameplay
When working on how to create the initial design and gameplay, we leaned heavily on a product designed by Scott Thomas called Brand Deck. The simple nature of the sorting exercise for a grand life question was compelling. Our original designs were very similar: poker cards and minimal designs.
But we wondered how to incorporate the venn diagram above. Could the cards connect? Or overlap? Should there be a game board?
We kept hitting snags. So we paused design, went on a trip, and then came back with the idea to change the SHAPE of the cards. And the hexagon gameplay was born. Though the cards don't overlap, the ability to "connect" your responses helps to embed the idea that your interests, abilities, and community can be mixed into any number of possible projects and next steps. Seeing them together is where the new discoveries emerge.
Logistics, Team, and Timeline
The team behind What's Worth Doing has spent the past seven years designing books, tool kits, and cards that have been shipped around the world. We already have the majority of the designs for What's Worth Doing, a fantastic printer, and a fulfillment operation that can handle any number of orders.
The timeline will look like this:
- October 17th | Close Campaign
- End of October | Send final files to printer
- Mid-November | Receive proofs
- Early-January | Receive Cards
- February | Ship cards to YOU!
We love Kickstarter. This community has helped us produce projects that are now in the hands of thousands of students, educators, and career professionals. We think this is the fastest and best way for us to get these cards into your hands and make improvements as a community. With you, we think we can make it even better.
So with all of the hexagonal goodness this page can muster, please back this Kickstarter and let's make this happen!
- The Experience Institute team
Risks and challenges
Printing hexagon cards and a hexagon box will slow down production because it's not the standard card shape. But we've searched high and low for a printer that can produce high quality cards, at a cost-effective rate in a timely manner. We're focused on getting these cards to you on time (January 2020) so you can begin using it as soon as possible, so we made sure to keep the rewards extra simple — no extra swag or gear. Just a deck of cards that will make life's daunting decisions a little less heavy.
If you have any questions, just message us.
- (29 days)