Our How We Organise Ourselves is ending now. Our central idea was “ Being organised empowers us to take action more effectively. ”
Our lines of inquiry were
- Reasons why people organise themselves
- Interactions between parts and people within organisational structures
- How to develop actions that are
Our key concepts are
- Causation – What empowers people to take actions?
- Function – How do different organisations operate?
- How are decisions made?
- How are roles assigned?
- Connection – What is the connection between an individuals or communities needs and the organisations that support them?
In our unit, there was a very important chart/graph that we used. It is called Parts, People, and Interactions.
This is how it looks like:
In this chart, it makes us think about the organizational structure.
During this unit, we did a Two Presents project.
Two Presents is an organization that is for birthdays. What they do is that they give half the money to the charity you want to support. Like two presents. One to charity, one for you. This is the link : https://www.twopresents.com/
How two presents works :
- Invite – send an invitation and share with guests. You will have to choose a charity you wish to support. Add details to it
- Collect – Guest can contribute money into a gift fund instead of bring individual gifts.
- Share – They split funds. One part is for your gift, one for charity.
Basically, we split into many groups to support the charity we wanted to help. Then, we made a product that we could put on the website for other people to use. The makers of two presents/clients came and we had to show them our products. Me, Helena and Chloe supported Changing Young Lives. This is the link: https://www.changingyounglives.org.hk/. Changing Young Lives serves underprivileged young people in Hk and Mainland to and strive to change their lives for the better. They help their education. This is our final product.
We made a card, if you can see.
In our group, we divided roles. Here were our roles.
Leader / Organiser: Caitlyn
Research and Development: Chloe, Caitlyn ,Helena (Mostly Helena)
Tech Guru: Helena
Product Creators: Caitlyn and Chloe
Quality Control: Chloe
As we did this project, we learnt that every company has their own organisational structure. It is very important to have good organisational structure so that everything is ready, set go.
I forgot! Before we started our projects, we wrote down skills and things we could bring to our group. That made it easier to decide our roles.
The strengths that I could bring to the group was:
- Art/ Drawing
- Computer (Canva)
- Leadership Skills
- Research skills
- Explaining ideas
- Good Memory
Later, we had a paper, and here are my type of leader and gifts in different terms.
- Good writer
- Type of leader
- AKA – The idea people
- Talents – Imagination, passion, inventiveness and the courage to dream
- AKA – The hands on people
- Talents – Energy, perseverance, flexibility and artistic skills
Also, in our unit we went to Asbury. This is a little reflection:
Asbury Field Trip
Last Friday, we went to Asbury, which is a foundation that help people’s living space. Their mission is to help low income families have better living space.
First, we were in groups. I was with Chloe, Ishaan, James and Joseph. We were team 1. Ms. Uhlir was out parent in charge and Agnes was our group leader.
First, we met someone who lived in a caged house and we were asking him questions about his living space. He told us that he lived in a 18 feet long and 6 feet wide apartment. He lives in a industrial building. He says that industrial buildings costs less, but there are many downsides to it. First, you can not cook there. He has to always go out to eat. Second, fires are easier to happen. Industrial buildings have thin floors, so the fire can spread quickly. Thirdly, if the police or firemen find out that he is living in an industrial building, he will be put in jail. Next, we had a Q and A. Our group got most of the questions right, for instance : Q : How long does an immigrant have to wait to get public housing? A : 4 – 7 years. I think that is so wrong! I think everyone should have a house to live in.
Our first task was to follow our group leader , and our teacher/ parent, and go into the market to buy things for the people we were going to see in the caged homes. We had to buy: vegetables, fruits and paper rolls. When we completed that task, we went into the caged homes. A nice woman came out and showed us around her house. Actually, I should say, is a super super tiny room. We gave her the things we bought, and we asked her question about her daily life. She told us that she had a husband and two sons. She has a bunk bed, ( She and the smaller son slept on the bottom, and the father and the older son slept on the top.) one desk, a toilet (In this place, it is very very lucky to have your own toilet), and a computer. She explained that in the summer, the kids would get sick easily, because it would be too hot, and in the winter, it was just right. They live in this tiny space because she did not want her family to be separated, and that would be bad for the family. Luckily, she was able to send her sons to school, and they can learn. After that experience, I realize how lucky I am. In the future, I want to help these people. After escaping the tiny apartment, or should I say leaving the tiny apartment, we went to this community square and took a picture. I think this experience is very important.
How much did you know before we started?
I knew a little bit about caged homes because I read an article about this in school. I know that caged homes are really really small, and we are very very lucky to live in apartments.
Have you changed any ideas you used to have on this subject?
I realized that we are really lucky and I think this subject is much more important than it is.
What is the one thing you want people to notice when looking at this subject?
I want people to notice just how lucky they are for living in such a nice home, and be grateful for everything they have.
One thing I would like to improve on is……
I want to improve on being more grateful for everything I have and I also want to improve one asking better questions because my questions I asked her were not so important.
There are three different types of organisations. Corporations, Co-ops and Family organisations. If you want to inquire more into this, you can visit this site https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/interactive/business-structures-sustainability-connection-interactive
Anyways, That is it for this unit!
(That means bye in portuguese)