What do we know about the “how”?
When learning about the “how” earlier in the semester, we came to the conclusion that it takes components of the “who” and the “what” to come to an overall conclusion of how to approach an issue or topic. Through our Broockman and Kalla (2016) reading, we learned that by interacting with individuals in a way that it would give a chance for different points of view and sides of the issue to be heard, it would allow for multiple perspectives to play a role in the conversation. Then, when listening to the TAL podcast: “Knock Knock. Who’s There? The Truth,” we came to the realization that simply by engaging with someone who may otherwise not share the same values, mindsets can change when exposed to another perspective through the use of vulnerability. When exploring the topic of “how,” we also learned about the Narrative 4 story exchange method. From this, we came to realize that it is important for every side of a story to be told.
We plan to integrate the who and what in a way that can spread the word about Green Empowerment by shedding light on what each actor of Green Empowerment does and sharing their input on the issues they are handling. What we envision to carry this plan through is a project of multiple components.
For this part of the project, we would like to interview at least one actor in each sector of Green Empowerment. We would initiate this by forming a partnership with Green Empowerment. Students at Lewis & Clark would play a primary role in the project by being the ones who would conduct the interviews with each player in the organization , and would compose the videos for Green Empowerment. This component of the project would allow for potential partners to take an inside look at not only the mission of Green Empowerment, but the individuals that work within it, calling more attention to the organization, setting an impression that they give everybody equal importance, incorporating what we learned about the dialogical how. Ideally, Lewis & Clark students will be able to travel to beneficiary countries to interview actors in those countries as well, but we understand that can be difficult, logistically speaking.
Educational and Fundraising Component
This part of the project will be a more community-building component, as we’d be working on holding informational and fundraising events to spread the word about Green Empowerment through educating on the main issues that they address (sustainable development through the use of micro-hydroelectricity and solar power energy) and demonstrating different perspectives within the organization itself through the videos. Fundraising events will hopefully be held through multiple ways. Some possibilities would be creating entertaining events for the community, similar to a field day, in which we can raise money for Green Empowerment. These events will hopefully also allow us to create additional partnerships for Green Empowerment.
Broockman, David, and Joshua Kalla. “Durably Reducing Transphobia: A Field Experiment on Door-to-Door Canvassing.” Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. April 8, 2016. Link.