This year marked my second rainforest for the Global Innovation Summit. The 'rainforest' is meant to represent the habitat of an innovation ecosystem described in 'The Rainforest', a book by Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt.
A very large thank you to Victor Hwang, Christina Wu, Ann Badillo, Mark Newberg and all the team at the Summit for welcoming me and my markers back to San Jose.
photo by Don Mirra
The rainforest towers allowed us to make a fun and colorful display of some of the themes and content of the Summit along with the participant's work.
Before the Summit I did some imagining of what the rainforest might look like and amazingly what we assembled turned out to be crazy close to my sketch. It's amazing because it NEVER happens that way. It's usually too something...too short, too tall, too wide, too complicated, too skewed by my creative math, etc.
I know this happy accident is entirely due to the invaluable participation of Julie Hayes and Amy Ho who jumped in to paint, cut, tape, draw and assemble. So grateful for you both.
Each tower was made up of three 48x96in. foam board panels, tape, acrylic paint and a few foam board cutouts. The triangles were sturdy enough to work on easily once they were standing. The foam board and a handful of push pins made attaching the participants work super easy.
The cutouts representing the rainforest canopy brought the structures to an groovy height in relation to the ceiling and light fixtures.
Even the carpet kind of cooperated.