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Open Mic Night

I am a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Last year, our school hosted an open mic during lunch in our University Center. People could go up to the mic and say whatever they wanted.

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I am a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Last year, our school hosted an open mic during lunch in our University Center. People could go up to the mic and say whatever they wanted.  People complained, told jokes, read poetry, told stories, talked about issues they were passionate about and more.  It was fantastic!  People who has never met before were listening to each other for the first time, ideas were being exchanged and issues discussed. 

It was cheap, easy, and brought a huge number of students, staff, ideas and concerns together.  How could we find a similar solution for neighborhoods, cities and other communities?  

Could this concept be transfered to a city street?  A subway car?  A cafe?

Could this concept be transformed into a visual form?  A website?  Art?

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Hi Michael, great idea. I think many of your questions have been answered by this inspiration:
http://www.openideo.com/open/connected/inspiration/bearpit-karaoke-in-a-stone-amphitheatre-in-berlin-on-sunday-afternoons

Though, I also like, that in your example, people are free to use the mic for various things. So probably, a combination of both ideas would be great. Maybe different days or hours for different funtions of the open mic:
• poetry slam
• karaoke
• speakers corner
• stand up comedy
...

it could also use the same mobile setup as in the Karaoke example, the sound-system on the bike, and move to different locations in the city, so the speakers corner would happen at a different time and place - e.g. during the day in front of the mayors office - while the stand-up comedy would happen later in the evening, and in a park…

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