Kaospilots are strong in ideation, and many organisations and professionals have kaospilots facilitate processes that can make their ideas go new places. When a popular Danish TV-show needed inspiration from outside they asked if Kaospilot students could make an ideation for them. A group of students took up the challenge and a morning of ideation resulted in what the host characterised as eccentric ideas with the potential of making actual shows in the series of “Gintberg på Kanten”.




-       We need a push to be put in different situations than when we normally ideate. We are excited to see what the Kaospilot students can do to our brains! And to get some input on where to take our concept, says Jan Gintberg. He is a famous Danish comedian and the host of the show “Gintberg på Kanten” that combines journalistic reportage with satire and stand-up comedy.


The popular Danish TV-show has been running for five seasons, and the host and his crew have come to Kaospilot to have an ideation facilitated. It is part of their work with the development of the concept to get inspiration and input from people who are not part of the daily work with the show.


Three Kaospilot students have designed a morning of ideation for the people from the Danish Broadcasting Company (DR) and a group of fellow students. The facilitators are studying at the second year of the three year education to be a Kaospilot and are in the middle of their process semester.


-       Therefore it is really relevant for us to facilitate this process and try out the tools that we have learned with people who are not used to this process, says Kaospilot student Nynne Juul.



Hard for the brain

The morning starts out with an ideation in high speed. The TV-crew is divided into different groups so that they can all get new ideas from the kaospilot students. Different tools like combining different ideas and imaging the worst thing that could happen from the idea of another group are used. Now and the TV-host exclaims: “My goodness that is a good idea!”. The facilitators ensure the speed and flow of the process.


-       It is hard for the brain and quite exhausting with all these good ideas, says Jan Gintberg who however is very appreciative.


His colleagues are intrigued by the openness that the process facilitates in their ideas because they are used to having to pitch when they have a concept that is almost finished.


-       Here it is okay to throw ideas around that are nowhere near complete. I really sense that the Kaospilot students are good at not limiting themselves and to stay in the game and play of the ideation process. And that is when the unique and wack ideas emerge, says Jan Gintberg.


The most surprising and funny idea he has heard today is a combination of a Christmas show in 24 episodes and a quiz show on fertilising eggs!






A plastic bag full of ideas

For Anna-Maria Espersen, who was also one of the facilitators, the day has turned out well.


- I hoped that they would have fun and be able to do what we kaospilots have as one of our main abilities; to throw ourselves into something that we don’t know what will turn into. And I think we succeeded with that. I noticed that they said they were really tired afterwards and I remembered that I was too the first time at Kaospilot. But now it is natural to me to create freely in ideations like these, so it is something you can learn, says Anna-Maria.


For Jan Gintberg the morning has also been fruitful and he has collected a whole plastic bag of post-its with ideas.


-       I will definitely go home and look through all of those ideas and see which ones I can develop further. From the top of my head I think I have at least ten ideas that could make actual pilot-videos to pitch for further investigation, says the TV-host.




Text by Lotte Rystedt,  journalist at Kaospilot