Thanks, Lauren! The MVIFI Nucleus Team are HUGE fans and supporters of OpenIDEO, IDEO, and the Teachers Guild. As a team, we meet every Thursday in a session called "strategery," and we decided to devote some time each session to this OpenIDEO challenge because we believe so deeply about gratitude. For this session, we were all exploring the Research section on your site, and one of the team members found the quiz. We all completed the quiz, and we arranged our scores on a "thermometer" on a white board. Then, we launched a loose facilitation by simply asking, "Why do our scores comprise such a relatively wide range?" That naturally led this team into many discussion paths about what gratitude means to each of us, how we share it ourselves, how we prefer to receive it (hence the connection to Love Languages), etc. The week before, we had done a spark in which we wrote gratitude notes on Post-Its for each other to start our Strategery meeting. So, we may have been primed a bit for the quiz. Various people in our team are also on other teams, so it prompted some interesting talks about how gratitude works for the different teams at our school and institute.
I'm not sure we talked expressly about "barriers to gratitude," however, I think our team recognizes that the volume and pace of work we engage can sometimes act as a barrier to gratitude. We get too busy at times, and this challenge has been a GREAT reminder to us to be intentional and purposeful about gratitude. We all believe in "you cultivate what you celebrate," so we are thankful to IDEO for hosting this challenge!