July 10, 2017
It was very sunny, hot day. We were waiting for it for so long, so we started our day outside. We played a robot game under the sun and had a good time.
Then we talked about our inspiration, motivation and idea. It was very interesting to know what people think about you. We talked about our skills, things we are good or bad at, things that make us happy. Then we had a brake and continued our work.
The second part was about our surroundings.
We created a Fishbowl and discussed the following topics: our belongingness, region, community. Then it was a tasty lunch and we had free time.
After having a brake we discussed about regions which are included in Bridge It! and problems that they have. We worked in 4 groups illustrating the aspects of life in the region. Then we presented it and had a discussion. After a short brake we continued our work and the topic was – shaping ideas.
We tried to make an algorithm of marking the effects and causes of problems which we can use in some problematic situations. We tried this algorithm on our chosen topics and then had an exchange with others.
We were looking for our buddy groups for discussing the problem. Then we had reflection and after the dinner we had a lecture from Ira about psychological defences.
July 11, 2017
In the morning we had porridge and cacao.
After that we formed to frogs, and started crossing a lake as a team. It was challenging since there was only one possible road to the other side. But by trying and trying we managed to get on the other side.
When we reached that goal we formed back and we were thinking about what just happened. Some of us noticed some similarities on their frog-behaviour and typical team-working of theirs.
After that we made a goal that we will try to take new roles in our further group activities. We also talked about group forming and working in general.
Forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. We saw ourselves doing a loop between forming, storming and reforming.
Then we had a group challenge about methods.
For lunch we had fish soup, buckwheat and something else.
After lunch Maryana organised us to make a cheerleading event outside and we as a team formed from storming to performing and created a cheerful greeting to the eco-team: B-R-I-D-G-E-I-T. BRIDGE IT!
After cheerleading task we went to terrace to talk more about our project ideas. We made papers, where we wrote: PROBLEM -TARGET AUDIENCE – METHODS. After that we put the papers on our chests and went to talk with each other. During that time some groups were formed. In those groups people shared similar ideas and some of us actually did the collaborations. The next step was – consultations with Wise Mentors. After that we still discussed in the groups or some people on their own.
For dinner we ate fish soup (for the first time) and those cabbage “pigeons” J
After the dinner free time had come! Some of us played table tennis, some sleeping, some playing games and some trying to catch the Internet (unfortunately not always successful). In the evening we had Avelina’s (mine J) presentation about CREATIVE FIELD WORKER (WTF?) and, I hope, I answered the questions WTF is Creative field worker.
After this presentation – long evening came. Some of us were playing games, some were chatting and discussing, some went to sleep earlier…..
…. And the long evening finished with first morning sounds: birds, mosquitos… and with someone’s walking through the silent corridor and turning off the lamps.
The night before last night was calm but sometimes in calm and silence all the biggest questions happen to be answered… If not for the world, so at least for myself.
July 12, 2017
This is the finishing line of introduction seminar, the last day. In the morning we learnt how to make the hamburger of feedback. There were talks about булочка and how much of it we need. The illustration was self-understandable and looked very tasty.
After the булочка we continued working on our project ideas and wrote application forms. At some point we were distracted by monkeys and felt like in a jungle. The weather outside also felt like in jungle – quite wet.
Then the lunch came. Before lunch we were told that we will need to present our projects and we were told how we should do it.
We ate, had some free time for rest. Before presenting we watched video about how to present nothing and how to be successful. There were some numbers, some people, some ideas, some slides.
Then we continued to present our ideas. The presentations had some numbers, some ideas, there were problems and some solution. The main problems we tackled in our projects were relationships between Russia and Baltic countries, cultural diversity in rural areas, the gap between generations.
And then we went to the galaxy of Bridge It!. There we could also see some gravitational waves made by Azat. But while getting to the galaxy of Bridge It! we lost one of our fellow members Avelina. In the galaxy of Bridge It! we got some information how it was made and of what it consists.
And when there was no more info to get from our guides, we went to the party galaxy…
/This is the 3rd part of the stories written by the participants of Bridge It! Introductory seminar about Culture diversity, that took place from 5th to 13th July in Veliky Novgorod. /