From Fisherman to Climate Farmer
Reflect & Interpret
Changemaking requires deep reflection throughout, and especially at this phase of the process.
What did you learn about yourself through this process?
As a team member?
As a leader?
Students, how did it feel to make decisions about how to identify, learn, and solve problems?
Teachers, how did if feel to surrender control in certain aspects of the process?
Do you feel like you became a more empathetic person? Do you have a sense of how others on your team or in your classroom/club feel?
Can you think of one or more things that surprised, frustrated, or thrilled you in your journey?
What would you say was your biggest challenge?
What would you do differently next time?
How would you frame your changemaker journey?
Why does it matter? What was the point of taking action?
Has your connection with your community changed as a result of this experience?
What commitments are you going to make moving forward?
How can you grow or scale your idea to make an even greater impact?
Co-creating a space where people feel that they can speak out in spite of their fears is a vital step in the process of learning how to become a changemaker. Empathy researcher Brene Brown explains that being empathetic requires that we be present and wholly engaged without our ‘protective armour’. People wear armour to try to become invisible or fit in with others to hide what they consider to be defects or embarrassing qualities for fear of being judged, labeled, or bullied. It is difficult to feel empathy for others when you are cut off from yourself.
For this reason, we’re starting the change closest to home. Everyone in the changemaking process needs to feel valued, seen, and heard. Because of the culture we inherited and the way our brains work, all of us carry biases. This isn’t wrong or bad, it’s what we do with them that matters. Being humbled can lead to personal transformation.
The exercises below will help you to:
Once the principles of the safe space have been defined and agreed upon by all, they can be used, reinforced, and referred back to as needed throughout the time you share together.
Design Thinking & the Deskless Classroom(Exercise, Time will vary)
Create a Classroom Contract(30-45 minutes)
Learn how to listen: Are you a good listener? (video 5 min + opportunities for deeper thinking)
Empathy & Equity: From the Stanford D.school, this exercise gives designers to an opportunity to pause and notice their biases(15 min daily over the course of week).
Cross the Line: (30-60 min.) We live in a diverse world. In this exercise we will explore the diversity among us by thinking about our values, our backgrounds, our teachers, and our experiences.
CCDI: Explore Power and Privilege (Toolkit with various exercises)