When Black Women Walk, Things Change (video 3:21 min)
Venture Guide (video 2:28 min)
S.M.A.R.T. goals Download PDF (Team exercise, 30-45 minutes)
Elevator Pitch (45 Minutes)
Your success hinges on your ability to share your idea with others. In order to share efficiently, you need to be able to communicate your idea succinctly and with power. People respond best when things are explained as simply as possible. To this end, you need to prepare an “elevator pitch!” An elevator pitch is a brief explanation of your idea. So brief, in fact, that you could explain the whole thing in the course of one short elevator ride! Having this pitch prepared will make it easier for you to share your idea at times when it counts the most.
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)