Transmedia Storytelling Collaborations

Laika found out she loves to doodle.
Becoming Part of The Story/Points of Entry


Storytelling pioneer Lance Weiler created ROBOT HEART STORIES, an experiential educational vehicle for kids to talk to each other all over the world, tell stories about their life on earth and ask a girl robot who has crash landed in Montreal, questions about where she is from and why she landed here.

They ask questions like:
"What might you want to do here on Earth?" - Vincent, NJ
"Why is the heart on your chest so big?" -Brenna, NJ
"What would happen if you landed in New Jersey?" -Michelle, NJ
"What did you do on Earth?" -Daniel, NJ
"Why would you dress like that?" -Meghan, NJ

(You can listen to all the questions on this voice thread from Laura Fleming & her 3rd grade class

Find some kids & PARTICIPATE.
HACK THESE: I Know You Want To

Download the robots here and share what you made with other kids around the world.


I met Ben on twitter last year when I was looking for some music for an animation script.  I listened to his music again recently and thought it would work really well for a ROBOT HEART STORIES REMIX of some kind. He is nice enough to let kids remix it with their images & stories. Come back and check to see what we do.....if you want to add an image to our animation,,,let us know @cynthiajabar.  Share your remix. ; )

Find out more about Ben Thompson here.

Laika robots spotted in New Jersey.

This is Laika on the cover of her first school notebook.
So who is Laika?

Laika (named by the class in Montreal), is a robot who has crash landed on Earth and is making her way from Montreal to Los Angeles with the help of kids all over the world.

You can help her reach her destination by participating & sharing what you LOVE.  Love makes her move!

Visit the website: and download a heartpack to color or make a toy robot.

Here is Laika chillin' out in NYC.
That's the George Washington Bridge in the background.

It's all  in your hands as the collaborator.

"For each photo or piece of art featuring the robot that is submitted, the signal strength of the robot grows stronger and helps her get back home."

Read Laika's Journey BLOG

Here's what the LA science team has to say about what fuels their passion & creativity.

"I like to be creative because if I wasn’t I would be boring."   –Gabriel Alaniz 
This is Laika admiring the graphiti in Paris, France.

"I feel passionate about Laika because she is brave." - Caitline Molina
"I am passionate about flowers because they are colorful, smell good, and are interesting to watch sway in the wind." - Agenda Domsitz  
"I like to be creative because then whatever I make, I like, because it came from my imagination."     
- Alessandra Rugamas

 On the JOURNEY BLOG, you can also follow what Laika's has to say about science,  geography & the other strange things humans do here on Earth.

Laika wondered what this tiny brown thing was.

En route to 46° 32’ North by 84° 20’ West.
Parry Sound is a “town” along a body of water called a “bay.”
Smaller groups of humanbots live in “towns.”
The buildingbots are fewer and smaller, too.

Teambots afraid of effects of air pollution.
Alternative energy sources identified: solar energy, biomass, animals, magnetic, wind, geothermal, ocean currents, and ocean tides.
Fear drains energy reserves.

Giant Laika visiting a class in Sydney, Aust

Check out this experiential learning project using math,  science,  history,  geography,  creative writing & art to propel the imaginations of kids across the world and help get Laika home!

FOLLOW: @rebootstories
LAIKA'S LOG with Science notes:
SUPPORT INDIEGO-GO: Robot Heart Stories
FOLLOW: @lanceweiler

The Card Game of the 7 transmedia families
(transmedia est un adjectif ;-)
The intention of the card game is to raise awareness among transmedia practitioners and newbies about the concepts for transmedia creation.
It uses players' memory and sense of observation and contributes to a develop methodologies and expertise.
It is a prototype, or beta version, as a limited and non commercial edition, and is meant to be tested as an educational tool to help people to get "transmedia ready".
It addresses the creative industry and future transmedia practitioners in the digital environnement.
It is a fun way to think of the principles of transmedia creation and try to experience oneself within a transmedia production. It help to understand the the concept of transmedia, coordonate the preparation of the creative and collaborative work. It is dedicated to everyone, from creative talents to business partners, professionals or students. 
Example :

The Storyworld family is the universe of an enlarged story based on a synopsis and narrative framework. It encompasses all possible ramifications and constitutes the depth and richness of a transmedia creation. 
Introducing the Mother as "the Writer", the Father as "the Character", the Daughter as "the Player", the Son as "the Geek". And much more surprises !


We will be at DIY DAYS in Los Angeles & Storyworld in San Francisco,  come say hey!
We're working on the next iteration.  


FIRST TEST MAY 27 & 28, 2011

Between Karine Halpern (France), Cynthia Jabar (USA), 
Paul Burke (United Kingdom) & Charles Ayat (France)

Writer/curator -> Karine Halpern KH_enthu_ziasm
Artistic director/designer -> Cynthia Jabar  :
Designers ->  -
YOU can ask questions to help develop the game
Advisors have been helping answering questions related to "families" or "characters" (Maud Serpin, Alexis Niki, @guerillakitchen  @simon_staffans @prospexity


The 7 families are: Business Models, Communities, Design, GamePlay, Multi-Platforms, Production & Storyworld.

This is part of the GAMEPLAY FAMILY designed by Charles Ayats.

FOLLOW #7TF on twitter:

KARINE HALPERN: @transmediaready

CYNTHIA JABAR: @cynthiajabar

PAUL BURKE: @poburke