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Ideo Big Questions

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I came across this cool website where you can submit your biggest questions that you would like to ask.

From the website:

“Designers begin by asking questions

It’s how we address some of the biggest, most complex challenges facing people and organizations today. This year, in keeping with the 2008 TED conference theme, IDEO posed a series of questions to TED attendees. Broad-ranging and widely relevant, these queries represent themes that inspire and inform our work at IDEO.”

I would encourage you all to visit Ideo Big Questions to submit your own, or download a Big Questions widget for Mac OS X or Windows Vista. Who knows, your question might be displayed for 1000’s of people to see!

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What to do…

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I want to do something huge, something big.  I want to do one of those things that you hear about on the national news; make a movement that takes of running.  Something like Invisible Children, or Habitat for Humanity, stuff like that.  I want to be productive right now, but I don’t know what to do. I think I will go read the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report…

Habitat Fundraiser

In Fundraiser, Habitat for Humanity, Whitworth on February 18, 2008 at 12:16 am

On Wednesday we had a cookie decorating party to raise some money for Habitat for Humanity Whitworth. We spent $36 to buy the cookie dough, sprinkles, napkins and other miscellaneous items. We sold each cookie for a dollar, and managed to raise $30. Not bad for pretty much no planning.

For the next fundraiser I was thinking of having a Pool (or Billiards, if you prefer as I do) Tournament. Almost no overhead, and all profit. We’ll charge $5 to sign up, each contestant will play a couple of games and then the winner will get some kind of prize. I think that will make a lot more money than the cookie thing. Here’s to hoping!

Frontier

In Whitworth on February 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm

I had to write a one-page essay for my writing class describing what the word ‘frontier’ means. I didn’t know I was taking a class at Emerald Ridge… haha. Anyway, I liked it and thought I would put it up. Constructive criticism is welcome!

EDIT: Sorry about the formatting. WordPress doesn’t like Safari or Firefox…

Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.

This was my first experience with a true frontier. The frayed periphery of commonality. The bleeding edge. This is what the frontier was, and for me, always will be. Introduced to me by Captain Jean Luc Picard of the starship Enterprise when I was only 5 years old, my father at my side, my dreams in my head, I watched, listened, and wondered what frontiers and new trails I would be blazing. Frontiers have always been the place of excitement, of discovery, that the child in me still looks to. It’s dangerous, chaotic, totally unknown; a place that I want to be.

I guess that might be part of the reason why I want to live and work in Africa. That is as close to the edge of the world as you can get. It is a ‘frontier’ in all senses of the word. It is brand new (to Westerners, at least), undeveloped (by Western standards), dangerous, and full of possibilities. The latter is what draws me the most to Africa: the possibilities of what can be done there. And I’m sure that was the same reason that the old American ‘frontier’ had such a powerful draw on people. It intrigued you with its danger, and then grabbed a firm hold with the endless possibilities of its undeveloped and dangerous new world. A world that could save people from their sometimes dreary lives in the Eastern United States.

A frontier has that power because it takes on a new meaning for each person. It can be whatever they want, whatever they need. To me, it is a place calling out for answers to difficult questions. I feel that pull, and I’m responding; just like the people of the mid 19th century. To boldly go where no one has gone before.

SERVE Coordinator

In SERVE, Whitworth on February 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Yesterday I applied for Whitworth’s SERVE (Students Eager to Respond to Volunteer Endeavors) Coordinator. Basically, I would be in charge of finding and organizing volunteer opportunities for Whitworth students, and I would be one of the people in charge of organizing Community Building Day. CBD is the one day a year that all Whitworth students, teachers, and staff go out into Spokane and work on different projects to improve Spokane. It is a huge project involving many people and many weeks of planning.

At the time when I turned in my application, only one other student had applied, so I have a pretty good change of being hired. Plus, they already know me pretty well in the Service Learning Department, so that might help me out as well.

I am a little worried about budgeting my time effectively, but I don’t think it will be a problem once I get into the swing of things. Another bonus: I will have my own little ‘office’ (a cubicle actually, but it is an office nonetheless!). It is a paid position, making $8.15/hour, with a maximum of 15 hours a week. I could potentially make almost $500 a month (before taxes).

So here’s to hoping – and praying – that I get the job. I feel I could do a lot of new and innovative things with the position. Please pray for me!

Mentoring

In Mentors and Students Together on February 8, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Yay!  I got to meet my mentee Tyler yesterday!  It was pretty cool.  I showed up to Mead Middle School a little late because I got out of my class late, and then I was sure I was lot; MMS is in the middle of no where, through an industrial district or something.  Weird, I know.  But I got there and he was waiting in the mentoring room for me.  I was introduced and we decided to play a game.  He picked Battleship and beat me.  I’ve never more complaisant to lose.  Then we played a game of chess, which I won (by a narrow margin).  I was told he was interested in music so I let him play around in Garageband on my mac and make some random music.  He really enjoyed it, so I am going to bring in my MIDI keyboard (like a piano that plugs into your computer).  He was pretty quiet the whole time, but he definitely wasn’t too shy to speak.  Hopefully he will feel more comfortable with me in a few weeks.  Everyone needs a little guidance and friendship.  I’ll keep you posted on everything. And feel free to tell all of your friends about this blog. 🙂  I could really use the visitors! 

This Thursday

In Mentors and Students Together on February 4, 2008 at 11:42 pm

This Thursday I will finally get to meet Tyler!  I am very excited to get to know him and offer a helping hand if he needs it.  I’m very nervous and hope that he isn’t too shy and will feel comfortable with me shortly.  But I know it may take some time before we develop a rapport.  All I can do know is pray that it goes well and try not to get discouraged if things don’t go exactly as planned.