#7: Planning for the Future

  1. Over the course of this retreat, I have continually been practicing active listening, group collaboration, and figuring out approaching an audience in an effective way. In “High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It” by Laura Delizonna, she mentions the idea of “speak human to human.” I think that especially on the topic of rape culture and sexual assault in Vermont high schools, this is extremely important to be conscious of. This is a difficult subject for everyone to talk about. Our group was discussing how even when we are talking to people that may not think that it is important to give certain resources to survivors of rape, we need to act neutrally in all situations. It is important for all of us to remain without a bias during interviews and to let the views of both types of people, those who support rape culture and those who don’t, to really be able to show. This also brings up the idea from the TED Talk by Jonathan Haidt “The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives” of how people often separate themselves into “tribes.” In this case, we are working with many different groups of people to interview to put into our documentary. There are those who are survivors of rape, there are bystanders, allies, administrators that may or may not be able to help the problem. These people are in these groups because as humans, we naturally put ourselves into different groups based on our beliefs or what happens around us. In our documentary, we are hoping to highlight perspectives from many of these groups.
  2. Over the next month, my action team has come up with a list of things that need to be accomplished. Avery and I are coming up with an email to send to survivors that we would like to interview. We are also going to have hangouts once a week to make sure that everything is working out how it should be. I am also going to do additional research on policies in high school and also inquire about the policy at my own high school. I am very excited about the topic shift in my action team and I think that it was a very logical shift.
Riley Gallagher

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