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Rebecca Chamberlain and Thuy Vu
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Weekend||S 16Spring||Nonprofit organizations, also known as social enterprises, are the growth engines for building communities and implementing social change. How do nonprofit agencies operate in American society? How do they interact with private and public agencies? What makes a nonprofit business successful, fiscally, socially, and ethically? How do nonprofits cultivate a culture of altruism, enrich communities, promote social services, and develop responsible goals and missions? How do nonprofit leaders use storytelling as a strategic tool to promote their vision, advocate for their mission, build community, and inspire generosity, both within and outside their agencies? How do nonprofits raise funds through grants, fundraising, and responsible business practices? How do nonprofit agencies promote personal, social, and economic sustainability on local and global scales? What can go wrong, and how do nonprofit organizations measure their effectiveness? How are nonprofit agencies working to shape the future of entrepreneurship, social service, human potential, sustainability, and creativity? Participants will address the challenges faced by nonprofits, and work to identify and develop the skills and competencies they need to understand, develop, manage, or operate a sustainable and successful nonprofit businesses. Program topics will focus on developing leadership and public presentation skills, and on identifying how leaders effectively tell stories. We will look at nonprofits that work nationally and internationally, and we will study local nonprofit agencies that are successful in advocating for social, cultural, arts, educational, and environmental programs. Students will have the opportunity to explore the issues, challenges, and opportunities that arise from working with various types of businesses across the boundaries of cultural difference. This program is for students with strong interests in business management, community development, organizational behavior, arts and cultural advocacy, writing and communications. The program is designed to facilitate interactive learning through seminar discussions and workshop activities. Students will develop leadership, writing, storytelling, and communication skills. They will have the opportunity to integrate their learning experience by means of developing business venture proposals or by doing in-service community internship projects.||Rebecca Chamberlain Thuy Vu||Sat Sun||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||8, 12||08 12||Evening and Weekend||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||21st Century inhabitants of the earth find no shortage of complex problems that demand our attention. They run the gamut from pandemics to unsafe neighborhoods, economic collapse to unemployment, climate change to institutional racism. But why are some groups more likely than others to successfully address the issues they face? In this program we hypothesize that humankind must become "smarter" about its affairs if there is to be any chance of making social and environmental progress. Everywhere we see how money and power control how things are managed — or not. The playing field is not level, but positive change occur. Civic intelligence is the name for the type of collective intelligence that addresses significant shared problems effectively and equitably. Intelligence, whether in a single person or collectively, in classes, cities, nations or the world, is a complex ecosystem of interacting ideas, visions, perceptions, assertions, and questions. And intelligence is not just in the head: it is deeply intertwined with action — planning, evaluating, doing — and interacting with other people. We will explore civic intelligence through seminars, films, workshops, lectures and group projects throughout the program. But because civic intelligence is not enough — we also will learn about civic intelligence by it. Throughout the three quarters we will use the lens of a laboratory to employ and explore civic intelligence. We will read and other writings that focus on a problem-solving, experimental approach and that John Dewey and other authors advanced. We will strive to make our own program into a "lab" of sorts and collect data as we move forward. We plan to consciously leverage Evergreen's underlying philosophy as a non-traditional, experimental school that integrates theory and practice to explore how students can take a more active role in their education and in their interactions in the world. We will also work with one or more research and action efforts. Possibilities include an innovation network of people working in small to mid-sized cities, towns, or neighborhoods in Washington State; Evergreen's Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), and a county-wide health initiative. The program will help students develop important skills in organizational and workshop design, collaboration, analysis and interpretation, written and oral communication, and critical thinking skills.||Douglas Schuler||Wed Sat||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Anne de Marcken (Forbes) and Alejandro de Acosta
|Program||JR–SRJunior–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||For a quarter century, queer theory has challenged normativity and conformity and has provided a social and critical context for creative work that breaks conventions, transgresses boundaries, and flouts notions of naturalness, inherency and order. The vernacular of narrative—its shapes, processes and language—provides a means by which gender and sexuality can be elaborated with individual agency and imagination. Queer narratives disrupt genres and tropes, confound the impulse to resolve and categorize, and bend to serve the stories of emergent characters both real and fantastical. In this program, we will use images, words, pages, screens, spaces, silence, lyricism, exposition, poetry, prose, fiction, essay, and more to consider and create hybrid narratives that express and enact queerness. Creative writing and image-based assignments will challenge formal conventions and will encourage critical engagement. Readings and screenings will emphasize hybridity, liminality, intersectionality, marginality, edginess, and alienation. Seminars will place texts at the center of our discourse. Lectures and workshops will model and interrogate ways of critical thinking and making. Students will build a solid foundation in theory, develop technical skills in writing and media, and will place their work in context in order to think critically about whether sexuality and narrative—both the body and the body of work—are “natural,” constructed, or something else entirely.||Anne de Marcken (Forbes) Alejandro de Acosta||Tue Tue Wed Thu Thu||Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall|