Community Questions at Deschutes Public Library
Stoke Your Woke was invited to host “Community Questions” the first monday of the month, January-June 2019 at the Downtown Bend Library. Free to the public, this event creates a space for community members to walk in as strangers and walk away feeling reconnected to the people and place they live.
Here are some testimonials from this series:
"Carol and Casey do an amazing job creating community through conversation. Their skill at facilitating transformed a group of strangers into a circle of friends."
Liz Goodrich Deschutes Public Library, Program Coordinator
"Carol and Casey facilitated a process that was sacred safe and deep. I felt a sense of hope and community, and learned some new things about myself in a very gentle way."
Vicki Avila Community Questions Participant
Bend Senior High’s Design Justice Class
See the Need, Find a Solution: Stoke Your Woke made its way into Matt Fox’s Design Justice classroom of 26 high school students. The class serves as a laboratory for students to formulate ideas of how to engage in the world through design. Students identify their passions, translate that energy into a plan and then execute that plan out in the world.
Big Picture Thinking: We broke the class into 3 groups of 8-9 students and explored the question, “What is the most pressing issue in your community.” Themes around mental health, sustainability, climate change, social and emotional well-being, equity, ignorance and compassion all arose. One student was curious about how differently people defined community. Another expressed her urge to support a student when their sharing brought out emotions. We all agreed that sitting with those feelings during the course of the exercise was really challenging and taught us to notice our own discomfort.
Miss Blunda’s 3rd Graders at Seven Peaks School (Bend, OR)
Elementary Application: After building a relationship with the journal through her own personal work, Meredith Blunda, invited Carol and Casey to come into her 3rd grade classroom to do a question with her students. Using a modified “more than human world” question from the journal, the group explored: If you could talk to the earth, what would you say?
Writing & Drawing: The circle of 14 kids wrote and drew their thoughts on a specially designed worksheet for 10-12 minutes. Using the process, everyone who felt compelled to share did so using equitable sharing.
Equitable Sharing: Each student had 1 minute to share a piece of their writing with the group passing a “speaking stone” to the next person when they finished their turn. In keeping with the process, there was no response, only sharing. The group finished with a “takeaway question”, writing then sharing, of something they could do to show the earth how they feel.
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