After the Golden State Warriors Championship Parade, we provided some additional ways for employees and their families to celebrate this historic Championship Run.
Here is what they were able to create:
Guest Blog Post from Sara Schairer of CompassionIt.
Originally posted here: https://compassionit.com/2018/06/06/what-happens-when-compassion-meets-competition/
I teamed up with Gary Ware of Breakthrough Play and Jeff Harry of Play-Well TEKnologies for Global School Playday on February 7, 2018. We led a compassion- and play-focused experiment for High Tech High School 10th graders, because we were curious about the question,
What happens when compassion meets competition?
We each led students through 45-minute workshops. I focused on cultivating compassion, and during Gary’s workshop, students used improv and play to practice empathy, listening, and team-building.
Jeff led the final workshop. He loaded 10 tables with Legos, and he labeled each table as a different country. Some of the tables represented low-income nations, and some represented high-income nations.
The students formed teams and picked their tables. Jeff gave them written instructions, and he told them to “produce as much food as you can.” The students built conveyor belts out of Legos and then created “food” out of Lego bricks. When the food reached the end of the conveyor belts, students would collect it and stack it on their nations in the middle of the room.
What the students didn’t know is that the low-income countries weren’t given enough resources to complete the task. Some of them were missing parts to their conveyor belts, and others didn’t have enough bricks to create food.
The wealthier nations, however, had more than enough Legos.
The high-income nations like the United States and Canada began producing large amounts of food right off the bat. At the same time, the developing nations clearly struggled. For example, the Dominican Republic students were left to fend for themselves despite asking for help from other nations. The students eventually gave up and sat back feeling frustrated and dejected.
When time was up, we took time to debrief with the students. Jeff asked, “What was the assignment I gave you?”
The students replied, “To produce as much food as we could for our nation.”
Jeff shook his head and said, “No. I asked you to produce as much food as you could. I didn’t say it was for your country. Do you think you produced as much as you could since several countries didn’t produce any food?”
The students looked sheepish as they realized they had incorrectly assumed this was a competition. I asked the United States team if they shared Legos with any other nations.
“No,” one student replied.
His group had received several requests for help, so I inquired, “Why not?”
“Because we’re ‘merica,” he said.
Each student wore a wristband with the words “Compassion It” on it. Despite the visual reminder and two workshops that primed them in compassion, most students ignored requests for help.
I’m happy to report that we did find some outliers. A few students went out of their way to deliver Legos to those who needed them.
What’s my takeaway from this? When we’re involved in a perceived competition, we seem to ignore the needs of others. Compassion takes a back seat when we want to win.
Our society makes competition a part of everyday life, from athletics to our careers. We prioritize a winning mindset over a compassionate mindset, and that’s what we pass down to our children.
So what can we do about it? We can start by including sportsmanship and compassion when we compete.
We should also teach our youth that life is not a zero-sum game. When we help each other, everyone wins.
Want to cultivate compassion within and also support Compassion It’s efforts to make our world more compassionate? Be a Compassion It Advocate! Learn more.
Ben, our Curriculum Designer and overall fun guy, has created a new video explaining moon phases using LEGO® Materials.
On Saturday, April 28th, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with the Carrillo Recreation Center and families in the community to build Santa Barbara out of 20,000 LEGO® Bricks. Families will have the opportunity to create Santa Barbara, as they would like to see it. The event is free to families. Families get to tackle these questions through play:
Families will have the opportunity to explore their creativity through play with the help of 20,000 LEGO® Bricks.We will be running two FREE workshops from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM -12:00 PM.
We hope to see you there!
Frequently Asked Questions About Our City Builds:
What do these city builds look like?
Can I drop my kid off at the event?
Will the kids get to keep their LEGO® creations after the event is over?
Can kids bring their own LEGO pieces to add to the city?
Can we just drop-in to build without registering?
We aren’t able to make it to the event but would love for you to come to our neighborhood or school. Is that possible?
This is a FREE event for kids ages 5+. Only kids need tickets
Here are the details of the event:
Location: Carrillo Recreation Center 100 E Carrillo St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Date & Time: Saturday April 28th, 2018 9:00am – 12:00pm
Who is Play-Well TEKnologies?
Play-Well teaches LEGO-Inspired STEM Programs to over 100,000 kids/year around the country. The goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientist, innovators, and inventors. Play-Well will be offering summer camps throughout the North Bay. To find camps near you, visit our summer camp page. For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, click here.
“Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Today, we wanted to share our collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, where together we introduced recently resettled refugee families to the Silver Spring community through play.
5 years ago, we collaborated the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground Team, Conejo Recreation and Park District, Rotary International to break a World Record for charity. The goal was to bring awareness and raise funds for a state-of-the-art playground for special needs children.
That dream was recently fulfilled with the opening of the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground. We feel really lucky to be able to help at the beginning of this campaign.
If you’d like us to help out with your organization or charity, check out Special Events Page here.
For Do512 3rd Annual Family Picnic, we built Austin out of LEGO® Bricks.
Have a wonderful 2017! #playwell #happynewyear #dogoodbehappy http://ow.ly/i/qoxrE