November 5 2011

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Topics Discussed: (We can extract and develop ideas from these minutes)

Questions for Allen this coming Wednesday: 11/9/11

  • How can we make CIRAL happen?
  • What has already been done? (lesson plans, etc.)
  • What can we improve on?
  • What sort of constraints that could inhibit CIRAL have we overlooked, and what can we do to prepare for these obstacles?
  • Questions on the wiki are mostly still valid as well.

  • Consensus reached: 8crd evening/weekend program with the possibility of an additional 4crd course

  • Implementation portion is underdeveloped
  • Work with tangible components for hypothetical models
  • Everyone should contribute to the asset map

  • Erika's student organization lists are open to revisions
    • She has posted an outline to apply for non-profit partnerships

  • Jeremiah suggested that we outline activities for the class for the 1st two weeks
    • Team building/trust building exercises- table arrangement; meta-cognition; planning.
    • Group Games- embracing games as a safe environment to learn from mistakes
  • Rotating group facilitators

CIRAL 'citizen training' as an introductory research topic

  • Wiki training/interaction/familiarity
  • Editing shared documents
  • Introducing students to new perspectives and roles
  • Building leadership skills during meetings
    • Group reflection of simulations/experiments
    • Group Dynamics
    • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Implementing a process prior to projects to develop each others ideas and get people thinking as a group.
  • Embracing CIRAL's openness to all disciplines at Evergreen

Where to go next?

  • Practice then theorize; group games followed by meta-cognition seminars
  • Incorporate the scientific method aspect of civic intelligence
    • Observe
    • Theorize
    • Test
    • Analyze
      • Documenting progress/journal entries on the wiki
      • Stream of questions/ideas for group discussion of journal entries
      • Journal requirements on developing an understanding of civic intelligence
      • More things mandatory vs. self motivation
      • Active rebellion as a valuable role
      • Learning is the reward
      • Free-writing exercises

  • Keeping up on the wiki
    • Projects could be more flushed out
      • Identify scale, scope, and developments (elaborate further)
      • Everyone add to the 5 course projects
  • Produce a model for CIRAL during talk with Allen
  • Refer incoming CIRAL students who are new to independent projects to the Academic Advising Center

  • Community Building
    • Gathering info and sharing/interacting
    • Apply that knowledge-base to a project