Texas Tech University

The Honors College Icarus Sessions

The Rules and Reasoning behind the Icarus Sessions

They're free. They will inspire you to make work that matters.

What is an Icarus Session?

The short version: ten or fifty or a hundred people come together and follow the simple rules of the Icarus Session, outlined below. You meet, connect, support and then go back into the world, ready to make a ruckus.


The Rules are Simple

The Icarus Sessions are a challenging new way to bring your art forward. Not to make a sales pitch, not to get customers or patrons, but to find the courage to stand up and say, "Here, I made this."

You can attend a session without presenting, of course.

A presentation at an Icarus Session is 140 seconds long. You can go shorter, but not a second longer. You can use slides, or handouts, or even better, just bring your enthusiasm. The assignment: Tell the group about your art. What have you created? What frightened you? What matters?

Not a pitch. An act of brave vulnerability.

I made this.
It scared me.
This might not work.
Here's how it changed me.
What do you think?

How to get picked

The method we have chosen is the “Names in a Hat” Method. This is impromptu and couldn't be more open while at the same time respecting the math of large groups.

Video is optional

If you've practiced your 140 seconds and you want them shared with the world, videotaping is totally appropriate. Go ahead and post it on YouTube. Particularly great Icarus Sessions will spread, be posted, embedded, talked about and inspire.
The 140 second format lends itself to viral video, and there's no one to stop you. So go ahead if you like.

This is an idea from Seth Godin who hosted the first worldwide session on January 2, 2013.

For additional information contact the Honors College.