I’m a student at one of the most unusual schools in the world. An eccentric billionaire created the university one year ago to make young people into superheroes (seriously). My team has been tasked with organizing a group activity this weekend and we could use your help coming up with an activity that will “change the way the participants think about the world” or have a significant positive impact on them.
The weirder the ideas, the better. I promise to film whatever we end up doing and post it here as a follow-up.
We definitely will be respecting the law and not doing anything overly dangerous but other than that we’re open to ANYTHING.
Well, Jesse Pinkman was kind of on the right track. He just needed better aim and shouldn’t have stopped to ride the playground equipment and stare into space.
Really need a lot more information that what you’ve provided. What do you mean by ‘superhero?’ What do you mean by ‘change lives?’ I have a friend who goes to In-N-Out every Christmas and buys several dozen burgers and then drives around and gives them to the homeless. Does that count? If you want to do something that stands a reasonably good chance of making a permanent impact on 40 people in the space of an hour that doesn’t involve just handing them cash or some other tangible good, I have an idea that involves parent education. I’ll get back to you after midterms tonight.
On second reading, I see that it has to be something that changes the perspective of your student group, not forty other people outside the group. I can think of a way to modify my idea so that it applies to you, but it would take several months of preparation prior to the one-hour event.
Reach out to a group that feels the complete opposite of you politically. If you are liberal, a Conservative Group or vice versa. Spend some time with them, get to know them as people beyond their political beliefs.
Go to a children’s hospital with toys and hand them out to sick kids. I have an innate gift for getting stuffed animals from those claw games at arcades and Denny’s. I give them to my wife who works in a hospital, and she gives them to Moms and Dads who are forced to bring their kids along with them to their medical appointments, which almost always means the family is struggling because they can’t arrange for child care. The kids are either scared or bored in those situations. In either case, those stuffed animals go a long way.
We’ve already covered the homeless, sick kids and some others. So have them spend an hour with:
An unmarried teen mother.
Someone who earns minimum wage.
An elderly person trying to survive on Social Security.
A woman who’s been abused/raped.
A heroin addict.
Someone who’s anorexic.
Someone who’s morbidly obese.
A child molester or rapist.
Someone who kept a woman or a child in captivity.
Someone who killed while DUI.
Another thing is I would look into learning some tips from Landmark Education leaders, they can defiantly impact people, though they take longer.
One trick is addressing what the audience will think to things said, address their listening so they don’t zone out. Connect to their objections, fears and doubt to put them out of the way.