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A Global Classroom: "International Show & Tell"

Ground students in understanding and expressing what is happening locally while connecting with students world-wide who are doing the same.

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Imagine you are a young student during these times. You have mass information syndrome from being bombarded by the complexity of social media stimuli and the plethora of news outlets.  

What if you were given a focused task:

1. As a classroom, showcase what is happening in your local community politically, artistically and consciously through mixed media (especially video).

2. Tune in to another classroom's presentation and connect with their reality through technology.

3. Use critical thinking skills to come up with solutions to local issues.

4. Engage with global students individually through a designated forum.  

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

We are becoming increasingly more globalized. Students from K-12 need a clear bridge to comprehend what is really happening in their microcosm, unique microcosms outside of themselves and the greater macrocosm of global issues. This direct and individualistic approach could help diminish any early signs of racism, xenophobia or paralysis in right action. This idea is about planting seeds for authentic connection, journalistic investigation, full cultural immersion and social impact strategy.

This idea emerged from:

  • An individual

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

What is the easiest most fool-proof way to activate this campaign? Through which service providers and/ or social network? How would we approach schools to participate? Could there be a way to crowd fund for schools who do not have the means to participate?

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Find a high school class that is interested in local politics, the arts and leadership and ask them to participate with another high school from a different socio economic class. Then, approach middle and elementary schools. Next, scale to finding schools nationally and internationally who can participate.

Tell us about your work experience:

I lived in NYC for six years working in public relations, sales, marketing and event production. I was the regional community manager for a travel social network based in Menlo Park and executed community events based on transformation and broadening global awareness. Left NYC to study mindfulness and worked in D.C. as a community organizer for social entrepreneurship summits and philanthropic campaigns at The White House and The United Nations.


Join the conversation:

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Yes! And if you're thinking about building real connections, this might be a good opportunity to include communication aspects of empathy and delivering messages that are relevant to the hearer, i.e. "getting to their there" (Goulston and Ullman). I can see this as a powerful way to explore aspects of the other community's reality before delivering a presentation to them about yours. Where are there similarities in meaning? Where are there shared experiences? What might be surprising?

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