Bee Economy Alternative - FAIL Workshop
This workshop is designed to point out the importance of bees as pollinators to human farming as well as the overall environment. The other aspect of the work is to experience the importance of negative test results and failure.
Participants try to design systems and machines to replace a dying bee population.
Work can be whimsical or a detailed attempt to quantify and replicate the work of pollinators.
Once drawn out with notations and/or created as a model/prototype, the work is then presented to the group.
The designer is encouraged to be critical of the weaknesses in the planned alternative through discussion with the whole group.
They fail the design themselves. The exercise is completed with the participant pressing a large 'FAIL' rubber stamp over their design as a successful completion of an investigation with the conclusion that bees are irreplacable as part of a sustainable ecosystem.
This process is undertaken for all participants who work individually or in groups.
Workshops can be developed or a selection combined to make lessons to cover from 90 minutes to a full day.