A friend and colleague invited me to participate in a workshop last night with The Give, an organization that believes, collectively, we have the power to create change. In partership with Centre for Social Innovation, close to one hundred seemingly random individuals showed up to collaborate, share ideas, and think creatively about how to help three different NY education organizations: Big Idea Week; BUIILD; & New York Urban League.
I had an idea - kind of - about how the night would run. It was, after all, a design-thinking workshop, and I know what that looks like! But I was reminded within minutes of entering the ultra-cool, urban, flow-like space, what it can feel like for kids (and adults) to enter a space that is unknown. For a few seconds I stood there taking it in, wondering if someone was going to tell me what to do, or how to start. I know this about myself though, I know that sometimes in an effort to make sure I'm "doing things right," I hesitate to "do." So, I did. I walked in the doors, jumped in, and was fine.
This is why I am so excited to be a part of The Teachers Guild! I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing, but I'm doing it.