Following our first Brainstorming Town Hall, the Awesome Lady Squad (which we’ve starting likening to a real life “Justice League,” fighting against inequality in the world) reconvened to dream up more concrete action plans and flesh out the specifics for a few of the ideas so we can get down to saving – or at least improving – the world, one mission at a time.
After reviewing the problems and hopeful visions the group had listed at the last meeting, we dove right into an idea generation exercise. We each took a stack of post-its and spent fifteen minutes dreaming up projects or creative solutions to tackle specific issues or problems relating to inequity we see in the world.
When we finished, all the ideas were briefly pitched and grouped into similar projects, eventually developing an inspiring web of proposals. Click here to download a list of all our ideas.
Then, we all took another look at what we’d generated. Adrienne asked a few ladies to self-nominate as “mission leaders” to develop a project they were drawn to. These volunteers were joined by others interested in working on the same project. Thus divided into four groups, we set to work.
Each team received this Mission Task Sheet, which features a series of questions to guide each group in thinking about the practical requirements of implementing the project proposal and the “superpowers” required of team members to most successfully conquer a mission. You’re welcome to download a copy at that link and fill it out for any project you’ve been thinking about but aren’t quite sure how to begin working on.
Here are the ideas the teams fleshed out:
Family Communication Skills Workshop
- Hosted by community hubs (libraries, YMCAs, etc.)
- Theater/improv games for kids
- Improv games for adults (of the sort taught to standardized patients helping to train new doctors)
- Kids and adults reunite in family groups and share activities that each did, in hopes that the age-appropriate experiences of shared themes will give them the tools to start discussing their experiences
- Perhaps end each session in a potluck without phones
Mystery Resistance Choir
- “Bangin’ arrangements” of 4-5 songs created with new lyrics responding to issues like islamophobia, misogyny, climate change, LGBTQ, and immigration and spreading a message of love and positivity
- Volunteer choir rehearses these songs and goes to malls, lobbies of corporations, and possibly neighborhoods for caroling-style impromptu performances of the songs
- Potentially hand out flyers/calling cards
- Party for people who participate
“Thanksgiving Dinner” Conversation Game
- Inspired by My Gift of Grace, a card game designed to spur comfortable conversations around dying and living well – a conversation game that will guide people to openly consider and share where their values come from through entertaining thought experiments, ethical dilemmas, etc. – a step back from politics and into the morals that drive them
- Collect questions/topics that people have trouble having with friends and family and develop ways to address them from a less political, more value-driven perspective
- Play-test different versions and develop game that can be played with both family/friends of starkly different opinions and those you just want to get to know a little more specifically
State of Reunion (Civic Practice Fair)
- A live event for civic organizations to come together in one place to pitch their mission to citizens and engage them in their practice
- Each organization gets a booth and three minutes to pitch the state of the world and how their org can help to improv it
- Listeners of each pitch can sign up to volunteer/donate/sign petitions for the orgs they’re interested in supporting
- Food and drink vendors to make it a fun overall experience
These projects are in varying states of action/interest in further development, but if you’re interested in learning more and/or volunteering to lead/participate any of these missions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you want to lead a different mission and are looking for volunteers to help, let us know and we’ll help you get the word out. Beyond that, the Awesome Lady Squad will be gathering again January 5, 7-9 PM at the front studio at Headlong, to continue this work. Join us!