Date: October 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 9 pm, with bring-your-own-dinner and networking starting at 6 pm.
Speaker: Maria Takahashi, Executive Director of Our Task www.ourtask.org
Topic: Developing Inter-generational Organization: How concerned young adults and experienced mentors can lead to sustainable global future
Everyday, we discover more about nature of the Earth and realize that we need to help the planet recover the same amount of resources as we are depleting them. Young people have determination and energy to do the right thing for the world. Older generation have years of experience that would allow them to work on problem with developed analytical framework. Both groups would greatly benefit from each other's asset to build a sustainable future.
The challenge that we face as a society is the asymmetrical nature of decision-making process. Introducing informed concerned young citizens in this process would allow difficult questions regarding long-term future to be considered, but currently there is not easy or established way to get young people's opinions heard. Our Task is developing programs that would allow young people to propose solutions to these global problems while incorporating pragmatic wisdom provided by our mentors, while we also empower our young students through video production techniques, which would give them a chance to get their voice heard. Discussion will explore possibilities to join our programs and also a chance for participants to input their thoughts on how we can maximize benefits of both young and older generation when it comes to solving complex global problems.
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SIG Description: The OD/ICD SIG is a forum for collective learning and exchange among professionals who, in their own work, support development and positive change through collaborative partnerships in the arenas of Organization Development (OD), International Development (ID), and Community Development (CD). The SIG is a multi-directional conversation among participants with diverse worldviews, theories of practice, and partnerships; and a common desire to create positive, sustainable change through trusting, transparent, accountable, and powerful collaborations and organizations. Participants are aware of the challenges and opportunities inherent in issues facing the world (e.g., material poverty, violent conflict, climate change, social injustice, and more).
The SIG is a multi-directional conversation between diverse participants, and draws on presenters from within and without the participant base, prioritizing presentations with experiential components. Because participants lead busy lives, the participant base will be different in each meeting, creating a dynamic and evolving community.
Who would benefit from attending: Practitioners, change agents, leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy analysts, grassroots activists, and partners in the arenas of International Development, Organization Development, and Community Development. These may include representatives of any sector (e.g., government, international institutions, philanthropy, civil society, academe, corporations, social entrepreneurs, etc.).
Meeting Frequency: Second Thursday of each month