There is the maxim saying that “There is no I in team.”. Rather than interpreting this as saying that everyone in a group has to agree to the same ideas, it is about finding a basis for a great communication. So everyone can participate in the discussion, being reassured that he or she is heard. This might be something that the group develops independently, by themselves. Or a group member might act as a facilitator.
Dexter participated at the FUTURE MONSTER LAB in February. The first impression is that he is an outgoing, confident boy who enjoys working in teams.The Future Monster Lab in February 2019 was a four day workshop with the aim of building monsters out of “waste”. The action was embedded in the context of re-thinking problems of the future and articulating concerns. During the first two days the group did research on the topics of plastic waste and recycling. They did prototypes and examined old electronics by taking them apart. During the second part of the workshop the participants formed groups to construct monsters in teams. On the last day we had a presentation so the participants could show what they did and share their concerns about the future. For the open presentation — to which parents, siblings and friends were invited- at the end of the workshop we looked for someone to guide through the presentation. Since the Future Monster Lab is about learning through trying out new things we asked the participants if someone wanted to take this role. Dexter and one of his friends wanted to take this task and plan the presentation. Already during the lunch he was looking for phrases and catchy sentences to use. It was obvious that the two of them wanted to do a great job. The two of them were very careful and thoughtful in picking their questions when interviewing the other groups. They made sure everyone got a chance to talk about what they made and their intentions.
Without great guidance by the mentors the team did a wonderful job. It was obvious that they both had a strong sense for fairness and the appreciation of the teams’ efforts to build their monster. At the Future Monster Lab we had a set of guidelines for a respectful and positive atmosphere. These guidelines we called Code of Conduct. At the start of the week we presented our suggestions to the participants and asked them if they are OK with it or if they had any additional points. One of the aspects that we wanted to encourage is making sure that everyone could articulate their thoughts and feelings.
This story might not seem like a big achievement but it is about small things like social skills which are sometimes hard to learn but important for teamwork and success.
By Ilona Stuetz, medialepfade.org — Verein für Medienbildung e.V.
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