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Design Strategy | Bay.Org

Co-Creating an Experiential Learning Toolkit with Bay.Org

 
 
 
 
 

PROJECT SATURDAY

Co-Creating an Experiential Learning Toolkit with Bay.Org


 
 
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OVERVIEW

Project Saturday is a co-created initiative in service to designing a process to foster collaborative learning for high school and college youth interning at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park, a division of Bay.Org.

The team designed and facilitated 4 workshops during the summer internship program in 2017 and later created a detailed toolkit to integrate collaborative learning processes in future programming.

 
 

 
 

ROLE

Interaction Designer

SKILLS

Co-creation, Community Partnership, Research,

Workshop Facilitation, Leadership

DURATION

May 2017 - December 2017

 
 

 
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THE TEAM

Administrators: Susie and Pia

Naturalists: Sonny and Heather

CCA Grad Students: Laura Sanford and Yini Nie

Interns: TJ, Demaurie, Valerie, Aleks, Gavin, Nate, Noreen and Olman


 
 

THE INITIAL REQUEST

 The EcoCenter is an off-the-grid fully sustainable green building and educational center open to the public at Heron's Head Park in Bayview/Hunter's Point, San Francisco.

The EcoCenter is an off-the-grid fully sustainable green building and educational center open to the public at Heron's Head Park in Bayview/Hunter's Point, San Francisco.

 As a division of Bay.Org, the EcoCenter’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. 

As a division of Bay.Org, the EcoCenter’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. 

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Facilitating Workshops

In summer 2017, the EcoCenter had employed 8 interns as part of a Community Challenge Grant - the largest group since starting the program. The staff was worried about the interns' abilities to work as a team, hold meetings, and collaborate with such a large group.

We were asked to help the interns work collaboratively through workshops and mentorship so that they successfully finish their final summer project: restoring the butterfly meadow. 


 
 
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Workshop One

Non-Violent Communication

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Workshop Two

Research and Synthesis

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Workshop Three

Radical Collaboration

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Workshop Four

Public Speaking

 
 

Design Method

We facilitated four workshops with the interns, iterating the workshop structure and methods with different content each time. The content changed depending on the progress of the interns' final project as well as the feedback we received from both staff and interns.


 
 
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MEASURING SUMMER IMPACT

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Investing in a Different Kind of Capital

We invested in the interns' psychological capital by building up their confidence through communication and collaboration. We invested in their knowledge capital through giving them skills and methods of teamwork and project management.


Measurement

  • feedback through conversation at the end of the workshops
  • feedback through interviews at the end of the program
  • completion of the project
  • attendance at workshops

 
 

 

    INSIGHTS

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    The Need for a New Process

    As we ran our workshops, we realized the need for communication skills went far beyond what a few short workshops could teach.

     
     

     
     
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    How Might We

    Design a Process for Future Collaborative Learning?

     
     
     
     

    Experiential Learning Toolkit

    We pulled together our interviews of the interns and staff at the EcoCenter. Along with our own observations we came up with a strategy to help the EcoCenter's internship program beyond our workshops. In order to make a greater impact, we created a toolkit for the EcoCenter to use in future internship programs in which communication and collaboration were more integrated into the process.


     
     

    PROTOTYPE

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    Future Impact

    We imagine our toolkit will help empower the staff at the EcoCenter to invest in the psychological and knowledge capital of the interns long after Yini and I are involved in the project. 


    Measurement

    • feedback on the toolkit from interns and staff
    • implementation of the toolkit in future programs at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park
    • the program has more communication and collaboration workshops in the future and becomes a holistic program empowering the youth both personally and professionally 

     

    FEEDBACK

     Receiving feedback on the toolkit and continuing the partnership forward.

    Receiving feedback on the toolkit and continuing the partnership forward.

     

    TAKEAWAY

    Working with a community partner takes time. The dynamics of the organization, the relationship building, and structure of the environment have been what fascinated me most throughout this process.