Completing my first two weeks on my Public Humanities Fellowship, I am a happy camper. What about it? Let me be concise since I am in the middle dissertating but do not want to forget some good memories. Continue reading First two weeks of Public Humanities Fellowship
Just because of the amount of water used for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I have been wondering about how people might think differently. Then I did some simple search that led me to this article in the Huffington Post: “How Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hurting YOU?? (Hint: It’s Not, So Stop Complaining).” And then I found the author claims that she has an answer to her selected complains from the public.
“People are wasting water.” No, it’s not wasted when it’s used as a catalyst in something so positive. When you can bring hope and help, nothing is wasted.
I still think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a good way for building our community and increasing people awareness for a good cause. What I have been wondering is if these people taking the challenge are thoughtful enough about others who have been suffering due to limited clean or just enough water to support their life needs.
Continue reading An alternative way viewing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
As a loyal follower of the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. there was an intriguing statement from him on one of the morning, last week.
Continue reading You will have a better life if you just ignore it
Shared a poster in the Community Development Society annual meeting and conference in Dubuque July 20-23, 2014.
My poster is basically a reflection on the last five service learning courses I co-instructed in the past four academic years. Please read my posts on my past service learning courses for more information about them.
In the mean time you can view an image version of the poster. Continue reading Shouldn’t Service Learning be About Civic Engagement?
Met wonderful people at the Community Development Society! In addition to participating in the conference, because this is a membership-based group, I also attended their annual meeting. People are kind, a relatively small group but growing.
Some interesting notes around the issue of community development society, and also specifically those related with the environment, that I took and would certainly be part of my thinking for a very long time.
mechanical posture vs ecological posture
I have been thinking about how human-human relationship (community development) and human-nature relationship (sustainable development) have some natural differences. One tends to ve social science/humanistic driven while the other is scientific driven. I argue that some community development tools need to be consciously integrated to the efforts of promoting sustainable behaviors when addressing the increasingly complex environmental problems. But will only be successful if it is framed as a collaborative action as opposed to individual action; thus, collective behavior change as opposed to individual behavior change. How the spirit of collective action in community development be integrated in environmentalism, in practice.
to get to the goal, you gotta dance with the wicked
This reassures me that nothing is simple. When it looks simple (the problem you are trying to solve), then it highly likely that you see it wrong.
safer to be wrong in a group than to be right alone
It is not easy to make a difference and create change. Empowering a group of people for actions will have to deal with existing power that may collectively resist to change.
Thinking outside the box may no longer relevant when everyone has a different size of boxes
This is just reality that every individuals has their own frames when it comes to see a problem. This quote encourages us to always see a problem through the lens of diversity.
Being flexible can be interpreted in many different ways. As a graduate student and a lead-instructor in a few different collaborative projects, I could offer some thoughts.
Continue reading Being flexible as an individual and leader
I would like to thank Kelcie Kempenich on her candid observation on the Nelson Institute‘s capstone service learning program. Her journalistic project Connecting Through Capstones helps communicate the values that we are trying to embrace from our community-university partnership.
Just a quick disclaimer though 🙂 since I am really hoping that I do not offend scientists in my comments captured in this project (nothing in here is anyone’s fault but mine that I might not clearly articulate my message). I got nervous when I heard my recorded interview I might say stupid stuff. Continue reading Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Environmental Studies Service Learning