Task 6/6

MY EXPERIENCE

All in all it was an excieting experience, challaging but also rewarding.

Positive aspects in the process

I just loved the tasks and how they made me look at myself, the things a have around me, the issues I want to work on, the people I love and need for it and finally the actual action I want to take right now, without any further ado… and then again at what is waiting for me to learn and do in the future.

Difficult aspects in the process

I guess I struggled a lot, with the timing of the tasks. In themselves they seemed to have the right timing, in the sense of, when I did a task it would take me longer than you guys asked for, but combined with my daily life, it was hard to fit them in most of the time and sometimes I would have wished to change them around, and not have them in a specific order.

Negatives and inefficient aspects in the process

I didn’t feel that there were a lot or actually any negative aspects in the process. Hmm except maybe that the blogging kept me in front of my laptop so many times, where I would have loved to just enjoy getting involved in the random daily activties, but I can’t think of a better way to do it either.

Sagnificant changes in me

At the beginning I thought ah the game is exciting and I would have an busy but rather easy time, but actually I struggeld a lot to find time for it. That made me ask myself, why my life seems to be so full, that I struggle to fit in creative tasks like these ones. I still ponder about how and when exactly, but I DEFINITELY WANT TO CREATE a time in my days, that is dedicated to any kind of random kindness and creativity.

Effect of the Game

I guess the game taught me, that I ACTUALLY CAN initiate the changes I want to see in my community, but that I ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO IT, to see an effect. It taught me, that I have to learn to balance my wish of having an effect and my need to rest. I taught me a wonderfull trust in the world, because with a bunch of good friends on your side, its very hard to fail :-).

Gratitude

I developed a huge feeling of gratitude towards the world and the people around me, and want to thank a the little and small helpers once again!


Task 5/6

Wow the action :-).

It was so exciting for me! To bring all these wonderful people with me, back in my hometown, back to my old school, and to see what energy we could generate! I am thankful every moment for it.

As I was the host, many different tasks would meet me at the same time, and sometimes I was just dreaming of sleeping a few more hours instead of going for all that actions…. but in retrospect I am happy I did run around busy, and we could do all the things we did, the only thing that bugs me, is that I wasn’t involved in the harvesting at all… and now I find myself here thinking: “How on earth am I going to make this creative and interesting??? But as it is with creativity sometimes, before I finish tipping this sentence an idea forms in my head, and I hope you’ll enjoy it :-). I instead of just giving you facts and pictures (you will find the facts and the wonderful movie Alex Gribble created at the bottom) I want to tell you a story:

The Story

A story of a girl called Silvia. A girl? Hmm someone might want to call her a women already, as she has lived on that planet for over 21 years now.

Little Silvia

She has a younger sister and an older brother, which give her hope and support in her family, but she also has a Mum and a Dad, that had been fighting almost everyday, when she still lived with them and went to school.
In that time, little Silvia was always hoping, that school would be a place, where she would learn how to deal with the issues and problems she met in the world, but instead school would cause even more problems for her, and very seldom someone was there to help.

Leaving home

In the past year, Silvia left home and met old as well as young people from all over the world, that didn’t seem to have anything better to do than help her. At the beginning she wasn’t sure whether she should trust them, or better pretend they weren’t there, but after time she realized they meant what they said and they helped when they were needed.
That experience filled her heart so deeply with love and joy, that she knew, the only thing she could do, to pay back, was give that love and joy to new people. But as she was new in that realm of work, she knew she would need a lot of help.

Coming home

So on that very Friday night, the 18th of July 2010, she didn’t return to who her old home, just taking her luggage and closing the door of her room behind her, but she arrived with 8 new friends, that filled the whole house with joy, energy and laughter. She and her friends didn’t leave the house as fast as they could and leave all the work that needed to be done to the people there, but each and everyone was dedicated to find their way to help. Some help was more obvious than others, a warm delicious meal might have gotten more ahhs and uhhs, than a caring word in a hidden corner, but all help was appreciated, and brought its own transformation.
Of course there was the workshop they did with the students, the actual 16 hours they spent with the young people, but there were also the endless hours where they were sitting together after and before every new workshop day to review and reflect what they had done as well as to dream and design what they would do the next day. Both actions were carried by a loving dedication to do good in co-operation with everything around.

The planning

When they were planning the workshop and someone wasn’t agreeing with the others, then they woul take another hour of their very precious sleeping time to the understand the concern of that person, to come to a consensus. They would listen to each other, even if they couldn’t understand at the beginning, what the other person was talking about. They would respect someones decision, even if it was hard for them. They would accept and love each other unconditionally. This not only filled their own hearts with joy and believe in a better world and better way of dealing with each other, but also the heart of Silvia’s mother. This was a wonderful transformation, that most of them not even saw, but for Silvia only that was already worth, every single action she had taking to make that happen.

The workshop

Coming to the actual workshop. It was incredible for Silvia, to see how the students enjoyed the activities hosted by her friends and her. The activities that they themselves had only experienced a few month ago, but were now able to share with the students. It was wonderful to see, how the students asked provoking questions and challenged themselves in different ways. With some of the students Silvia could feel, that the spark, that the workshop had given, was already giving birth to a big flame, that would get far in its work for the good and give further inspiration for new people. The workshop generated a positive energy that not just the hosts and participants of the workshop could feel, but was also appreciated by other members of the school community. Silvia was amazed how teachers that once almost made her believe, that things like that are not possible, now come up to her and thanked her, that she brought all these young inspiring people to their school.

The facts:

Wednesday 21th of July 2010: Creating Community

* Welcoming and introduction
* A getting to know game
* Circle and introduction of the students to each other “what brings you here?”
* Who are we – visual and verbal presentation about YIP and The World as a Garden
* World Café:

  1. What do you see in the world?
  2. What do you see that needs to be moved in the world?
  3. What do you see in the world that can be moved by youth?

* Dance class
* Closing circle

Thursday 22th of July 2010: Cooperation

* Game
    (“what do we have in common?”)
* Cooperative game “musical chairs”
    (cooperative and competitive versions in comparison) and debrief about real life
* Presentation about cooperation in Kenya
* Water challenge and harvest:

  1. What if there was not enough water in the world?
  2. What/ who should have priority?
  3. Who should take care of it?

* Dance class

Friday 23th of July 2010: Awareness and Dream

* Evolution game
* “Home” movie and reflection with the question “What surprised you?”
* Introduction of the power of Dream
* Circle dance
* Trust Game (lifting a person up)
* Dance class

Monday 26th of July 2010:

* Game
* Dreaming exercise (questions as an interview) and sharing of 2. and 7. question in the circle

   1. If you knew you could not fail, what would you be doing for the healing of the world?
   2. In pursuing this vision what particular dream would you realize?
   3. What resources, inner and outer, do you now have that will help you to do that?
   4. Now, what resources, inner and outer, will you need to require?
   5. How might you stop yourself?
   6. How will you overcome these obstacles?
   7. What can you do in the next 24 hours, no matter how small the step, that will move you towards your inner vision?

* Game
* How would your dream house look like?
* Dance class

Tuesday 27th of July 2010: Celebrating Community

* Harvesting of the week in a movie
* What are we going to present for the whole high school later?
* Game Charades (with highlights of the week)
* Dance
* Baracate
* Circle and bring an object that represents “what does the week mean to you?”
* Presentation to the high school

The beautiful harvest

by Alexandra Gribble


Task 4/6

Once I decided, that I wanted to do that workshop, things seemed to align perfectly :-). While I had thought that workshop week in my school would be, as it used to be, in the beginning of the school year, meaning mid September, it had actually been moved to the end of the school year, meaning end of July. And that was the time where I was planning to go to my school with the The World as the Garden group anyway to perform our dance show. So without long thinking I new who would support me.

My dancing fellows

Johanna Bachmann - sometimes dreamy, always lovely, passionate and supporting

Ediane de Lima - very dedicated, funny and filled with a big heart

Georgia Klapp - still searching her way, genuine and honest

Alex Gribble
Nakyta Grimm - just there whenever needed, with her loving and caring soul

Dominique Schacherer - she wants to get things right, practical and balanced spirit

As our dancing tour kept us all quite occupied, there wasn’t a big preparation phase for our workshop, but actually we only found two afternoons to brainstorm a little bit about the content until two days before the workshop started.
The first brainstorm was just between, Ediane, Johanna and me, and very broad. When we were starting to plan, we were stunned by how much time we actually had with the students, and a bit paralyzed what to do with them for so long. But after a few hours of brainstorms and remembering what we had learned at YIP we could already see a wonderful and fun week shaping itself. We titled the week “Spielend die Welt bewegen - Playing to move the world”. In doing so we understood both playing as well as moving in to ways. The german word “spielend” has two meanings, on is “playing” and the other one is “in an easy way”, meaning in our workshop we wanted to include games but also facts given in an easy way. Concerning the move, in one sense we meant to change, but then in another we also meant to literally move, as we were planning to have small dancing sessions with the student.
For our second brainstorm, all the girls came together and the plan was to boil it more down then, but actually we had to go back to some essentials all together, to find ourselves on the same page again. Which was good and hard work :-).
After that we had found out for all of us, that the workshop should include sharing our experience at YIP as well as with The World as a Garden and give the students a week of playful learning and inspiration on how to move the world. We were dedicated to bring meaningful content, but it should be heavy or dry in any way. Through co-operative games, World Cafe, playful challenges, pictures, movies, conversations and dance, we wanted to create a real learning experinece.

Skills & Resources

With that I want to come to the skills and resources we had. Later during our dance tour, we found out that

Stuart Dow (see above) - very chilled and relaxed, but there when needed
and Hannah Smythe - just lovely and caring with all her spirit

were willing to help us with the workshop as well. It was incredible, how so many different and wonderful skills were coming together than. All lot of us tried different roles and tasks of providing and hosting the space over time, which was very nice and refreshing. A few specific roles I think I nice to mention. So was Alex Gribble volunteering to take care of the documentation, Stuart Dow came into the group with a fresh mind, outside of the dance group and brought some male power :-) and Hanna Smythe didn’t actually come and help withe the planning or the workshop, but she stayed at home and made sure, we would have a wonderful meal waiting for us, when we come home.
Coming to the resources, we were very lucky to be allowed to borrow the film camera of my mum and all kind of resources, like a drum and a projector, from the school.

Thanks

I want to use this platform, to once again thank everyone that supported us and me in this project!


Task 3/6

If I think about an aspect in a community I am involved, that I feel needs improvement, then it is

my school.

Even though I left school already 2 years ago, I still feel connected to it and the needs I saw for change, have a place in my heart.
In school I saw a lot of exchanging facts, old facts, discovered years and years ago. Teachers teaching facts, pupils learning facts, facts determining what is happening. As I went to a Rudolf Steiner school, we also learned a lot of crafts and how to use our hands.
But I was never taught in school how to questions things, how to wonder about the world, how to find new solutions no-one ever though of before, how to determine mine and co-determine all our lives together or how to have fun and celebrate.
I have big dreams of what could happen different in schools in a long run, which at times are clearer and at other times are more blurt. Looking at a short run though, I was thinking of

giving a workshop

in my school for a while, and as the annual workshops week for the upper school was happening in July, that looked like the perfect opportunity for this task.
So the plan was made. A five day workshop, with pupils from grade 9 to 11, where I could try to inspired, what I had missed in school.


Task 2/6

MY TRASH

Wow that’s an interesting task :-).

In my family we recycle glass, plastic, paper and special trash, like metal or styrofoam, since I can remember. So before I started I asked myself two more questions:

Is there a better way than recycling? What could I actually re-use?

To get a better overview I collected everything in a big box (except the the natural trash which went right into our compost in the garden).

Now I am sitting curiously down to make the list.

Electronics

There is an old mp3-player that doesn‘t work anymore as well as an old charger for a mobile I don‘t have anymore.

I will see if the local electronics store here has any use for it.

Cloth

8 old, ripped and worn out panties: I take them appart, to convert the biggset pieces into rags that we can use for paint in our renovating work at our house.

The remains I will trow in the bin.

Paper

A massive pile of paper. Obviously it is all not nice paper anymore, otherwise I wouldn‘t have put it away. But I am amazed how many of the papers are actually used on one side, so I collect all of them in a pile for notes like shopping or packing lists. I also look at all the used envelops and decide I want to re-use them. :-) That also works as a nice reminder for me, to actually write my friends again. The remains will go in the official paper recylcling system.

Left to right: Envelops, paper for notes, remains.

Books

A travel guide for Thailand, I decide to put in an internet second hand shop. Do maybe it can find use again.

Random things

A box out of paper that originally contained sweets.

I decide to put new sweets in it, and put it the living room, for guest and homies who need a litlle mood lifter.

Plastic

Different kinds of plastic packaging.

Apart from the plastic bag I keep to re-use, I fail to find use for that stuff, so it will go in the official plastic recycle system.

Glass. metal and trash

A small glass bottle that will go in the official glass recycling system, a small metal piece, like a coin, that will go in the metal bin, and a small pile of packaging that consist of different materials and also glue that will go into the normal trash.

Left to right: trash, metal piece, glass bottle.

The result

So this is the result, I am quite impressed how small the pile got, after taking away all the things I could recycle. A fun task :-) I have to say.

MY EXCESS

As I moved a year ago and two month ago again, all big things I didn‘t use are out of the window already, but I could find a list of small things:

a card box for learning
a basket with small gemstones
a small self-made clay vase
a milk froth maker
a bunch of marbles
5 books about macrame
a book about starting something new
a small portable stove with a fitting pot
some funny hairstyling devices
a violet scarf
a non-digital photo camera
a photo film for black and white prints
an old map of Scandinavia
an empty book
a Calvin Klein perfume
a Thai laguage guide
different „Diddle“ letter paper
different esoteric postcards
artificial eyelsshes for carneval
a decoration dwarf

I have quite difficulties to think of people who I could donate these things to, as I am afraid, they might just have them standind around and no real use for it either.
But I will send the macrame books to my dear friend Kiko in Brazil, who is very into knotting bracelets and might be interested in these, too.
The book about starting over again I gave to my brother, who is struggling to find out what is the right thing for him to do in life now.

Furtheron I will ponder about, who to donate the other stuff to, as I really want to do so.
And I kindly request everyone who reads this blog, if you know a person who would appreciate one of the listed things, please let me know!

MY CONSUMPTION

Hmm, what do I tend to consume? I mainly consume food :-), every once in a while a piece of clothing and very carefully selected electronic devices. Ja and I guess that‘s consumption as well, I travel quite a bit.

Food

Here I try to either consume organic and or local. We have a farmers shop just around the corner, there is not everything organic, but we know the family and their good intentions.
Going shopping I buy as much as there is re-usable packaging.
I eat meat sometimes as my doctor said it is good for my stomache, that once in a while causes some troules, but I have redused my use in the last year quite a lot already.
We also have a vagetable garden in our backyard, where I could harvest fresh potatos and and green beans this week.

Clothing and Electronics

I purchased a few items this week. Which were a bunch of new underwar, a pair of jeans and a digital photo camera. However these aquirements will last for a while and came only on the list, because I lost my old camera 4 month ago, my last pair of jeans ripped about 2 month ago and a lot of my panties ripped already a long time ago.

Travelling

This week I made a trip to Stuttgart, which is round about 200 km away from my home town. I travelled by train, which I usually do for these kinds of trips, even though car would be faster and sometimes even cheaper, because I think it is better for our environment. Trips like these I do usually something like once a month.

Conclusion

Hmm to be honest I don‘t know what to economize much. Most of the times I turn my coins a lot of times before I spend them. Maybe I my travelling could be economized, but unfortunatelly a lot of my friends live in different cities, and sometimes I long to see them. However I always try to kill two birds with one stone, so for example I met two different friends in Stuttgart this week.

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