First stakeholder approach for music intervention

Thanks to the job I found in April, in a Fintech Startup, I had access to the Human Resources area of a networking space complex in London, I already  talk with the event manager about the idea to bring classical music to the office, he shows his interest and suggests I present a formal proposal to scale it to their team.

I did the proposal and I already send it, it was reviewed by my tutor available here. I hope to receive a positive answer soon.

In the meantime, I will have other approaches with two digital agencies in London.

My process summary

1. First intervention results and class exhibition:

During the class exhibition, I show my first intervention results. I received 8 calendars from people from 4 countries: Colombia, China, México and USA. But just one people shared with me his emotions related to each event.

Learning points:

  • Use of time is something personal and private, however, working time is public and restricting to teams. People may feel observed or judge because their calendars, that’s why maybe I don’t receive more calendars that I expect.
  • Depends on the country people present less free time between each of their activities. The USA was more spaced and flexible while Mexico and China reflect dense time management.
  • On the calendars was possible to see no just working time, also time for dinner or transportation. Reflecting the blending from life and work.
  • Even though I just received one calendar with emotions over it

2. Results from my first tutorial:

After presenting my first intervention, I was encouraged for my tutor to research more about anxiety, since is one of my core research areas. So, I found the following books into the library

Resultado de imagen de emotional brainResultado de imagen de embracing fear

Learning points
Even though I’m still reading the firs book, there are some things to highlight:

  • Anxiety comes from fear and fear related to change. What does the workers have fear of in the office? Time constrains? Expectations? Lose their job? Reputation? Where his anxiety comes from? Are they really anxious or just nervous? How to manage this anxiety at work?  These questions inspire me an intervention: THE HIDDEN EMOTION BOX.
  • To have balance is necessary to understand the connection between mind and body, according to Joseph Ledoux there are two types of reactions of brain conscious feelings and emotional feelings
  • I found new areas to research: Mindfulness, neuroscience, cognitive science.

Because of this books and my interest in brain and mind, I found the online course: “The Science of Well-Being” from Yale University. I’m just in the second week but I found it really helpful to understand better the constrains we have as humans and how we create our owns fears and our values, and the importance to have “nudging” in our lives.

3. My serendipity moment

During my readings, and after the frustration of no receiving any new calendar with emoticons over it. I decide to find another ways of inspiration not just reading.  So I went to a concert in the Royal School of Music and while listening  a Saxophone Quartet, I found a match with the following song:

Music is the perfect blend of mind and body.

  • Music has intervals, times and rhythms
  • Music is teamwork and has the same effort
  • How to create digital team empathy with a group of musicians? This could generate awarness and reduce and anxiety?

 

4. Tutorial with Richie and Richard

After sharing my serendipity moment . They suggest me to read Focault and Jamming and discard the idea of asking people “hidden emotion box”

Resultado de imagen de jamming book

During the session, I shared my preliminary

5.New intervention idea

Bring to people offices classical music, theoretically proved that relieve stress and anxiety.

 

 

 

Preliminary plan for intervention 1

Before to explore the ideas of having a balance, Pendle or swing, I would like to know how workers react to see printed calendars as a tangible representation of time and to identify if there’s any impact of the awareness about work-life balance to them.

The plan is the following:

Steps:

1. Ask to at least 10 of my friends working currently in digital media, and in different time zones, to share with me a print screen of their worst week calendar. I did this form to ask for it.

2. Review the calendars an identify if they add events of their personal and family moments.

3. Print the calendars in A4 format, full colour. Add circles with a marker to the events related to personal and family moments.

4. Ask to Transport of London to allow me to stick the calendars in one of the underground halls for Central Line on Oxford Circus Station. (Or in the hall most crowded in labour weekdays) it could be between 8:00 to 9:00 am.

5. Stick the calendars side by side of the underground hall in Oxford Circus.

6. Wait for the crowd and video record their reactions while people walk or do the queue.

7. Optional: Attached a pen at the end of each calendar set with an empty sheet of paper asking something like: If you would like to have more time for you and your family and friends draw here a doodle (or circle or line)