Meeting Highlights: Communication Activity, International Leadership Summit 2012 Planning, President’s Interfaith Campus Challenge Discussion, and STAND UP Event Plans.
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 8am – 10am
We opened this week's meeting with sad news of injuries and illnesses of our team members who couldn't make it to the meeting. Best of wishes to them all.
Our next point of action was a Learning Activity as promised. We discussed "sharing" knowledge; how people use communication methods to share knowledge with others but the knowledge is not always successfully grasped on the receiving end of the communication. Why might this be? We considered the communication model which is as follows: Message, Encoding, Channel, Decoding, Interpretation, Response (and back to Message) … And how at each of the steps of the cycle there are ways that the message can get lost in translation. The key is to give constant feedback to ensure that a message (or knowledge) is properly received.
After each of the team members present gave brief updates on their week's accomplishments, we watched a video clip on SIAS University's Annual Culture Week 2010 to observe the liveliness and vibrancy of their University Community. We continued on to discuss what will be happening regarding the International Leadership Summit in China 2012; those who wish to go as moderators will need to confirm this to Maureen and Jonathan - the Executive team members heading the planning of the event. We will also need to spend the week, each of us, coming up with a list of contacts from Universities and Community Organizations in our respective country-assignments, and we will later send invites to all of these contacts.
Last week's meeting we had Ben Sanders join us briefly to discuss the Obama Interfaith Campus Challenge Project, this week Amy Golden, Director for Strategic Initiatives, Educational Outreach and Student Services joined us to give us a little more background as she is also a facilitator for the President's Interfaith Campus Challenge at ASU. Though the proposal that was submitted to the Whitehouse by ASU, is quite broad and ambitious, it does not entail starting projects from scratch and building upon them; the plan is to bring together people already involved in service initiatives, to bring people of different faiths/beliefs together through service events to highlight the common interest in helping others. There will be an event on Sept. 27th at the MU which will mark the official launch of the Interfaith Initiative at ASU. As we find out more details on events we will post these to our calendar of events.
We closed the meeting with a brief discussion of the STAND UP events. We will be contacting UCP-SARnet members around the globe this week to encourage the planning/participation in STAND-UP against poverty campaigns in their respective regions.