Productive week

My group met at CVU last week, where Grace and I planned to film the first video of the web-series. However we didn’t have everything we needed. As a group we watched the 20 minutes of an interview we did, but not much else was accomplished. Overall it wasn’t nearly as productive as I thought it would.

However, I feel like as a whole we’ve gotten a considerable amount done since than. Eva and I led our first real workshop, and all things considered it went very well. It was held at a small school in Sharon, Vermont, and we co-led it with Fallon, a teacher at the middle school in Sharon. Their were 16 participants that initially signed up for our workshop, but it ended up being 17 people! It was a 2.5 hour workshop, so we did a few activities as well as watched Breaking Binary. From the feedback we got, the Gender Unicorn was the best activity. It went over basic terminology, and we also had people place themselves on the scales, which helped people better understand how much of a spectrum gender is, and also helped them understand their own gender. The group thought we could improve our workshop by doing more complex terminology, taking longer to explain the basic concepts/going more in depth, and breaking up the second half with more activities (the fun activities were mostly in the first half).

After our workshop Eva and I headed over to Montpelier to meet up with Nathan and film a quick interview with one of his friends, which I think went quite well. I did however forget to ask Eva for the lavalier mic, so instead of trying to get it to me before this weekend, I’m just going to buy one as I’ve been meaning to do that for a while anyways. The reason why I need it before this weekend, is because Grace and I have planned a time to film since we couldn’t do that the last time I was with her. We reserved a room at the Waterbury library and will be meeting there for a few hours.

Another small thing I wanted to mention before I post this is that before the workshop I had a skype call with Fallon to plans things out a little more. Normally I don’t do very well with phone calls, and the fact that Eva couldn’t make meant I would be the only having the conversation, planning, and making decisions with Fallon. Going into it I was a little uneasy, but I quickly relaxed and we talked for about an hour and a half. Fallon is a wonderful human so that definitely contributed, but my point still stands. I think that was a big step for me.



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Fiona Nelson

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