Friday, May 26, 2006

what is diversity
The differences between people

in class notes:
Diversity background experiences
  • age
  • family origin
  • politics
  • race
  • physical
  • class
  • cliques
  • fashion
  • religion
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • opinions
  • ethnic
  • likes/dislikes
  1. add to list? how much of an open mind do they have?
  2. what did you learn about a person? even as a small communitee, there is still alot of hostility between people
  3. what did you leanr about diversity? there is little connection between each person depending on another thing, at least on a big scale, they are generally little conncections you dont see.
Summary of Class:
discussed diversity and what happened yesterday at the diversity potluck. what people learned about diversity what they learned about each other. how the discoveries relate to one another. and just general discussion on diversity.

Public Judgement pre/reflection:

  • preflection
  • evaluation and reflection

Friday, May 19, 2006

Arts of Democracy May 19th

Public Judgement
What is Public Judgement

In Class Notes:

Summary of Class:
we discussed the project, got to work on it. when the class was continued we presented in the three groups we were broken in to. then discussed the presentation; the good the bad, and questions.

Public Judgement Article:
In class project, no article required

Public Judgement Pre/Reflection:
publice judgement is the way the world as a community looks at things, and how things should run, what they feel about something, what they want. public judgement is how the world, community, the public views the community and public.

  • diversity article
  • pre flection

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Arts of Democracy May 12th

Political Imagination
What is Political Imagination?
Political Imagination is what you desire the future to be, and how you are going to create that.

In Class Notes:
  • what you want the future to be
  • how are you going to create that future
  • enables goal setting
  • thinking ahead
  • "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create the Future"
  • about a new beginning
Summary of Class:
today in class, we were asked to imagine the future of PSEC and how we want it, and then we were suppose to discuss this with other people. we broke up into 3 groups in the class and collectively pulled together what everyone felt PSEC should be, and then pooled it together on the white boards and discussed as a class.

Political Imagination Article:

Political Imagination Pre/Reflection
political imagination is trying to peice together what the future holds, how it will form, and what possible concerns may be based on what we know and have accessible now. will we have issues with pollution still? energy issues? both are common questions when facing this subject of political imagination. coming to what it could be, no one knows for sure what the future holds, which makes this hard.
Political Imagination is what YOU desire the future to be, how your going to get there. it can be either a personal thing, something you wish to create within yourself and life, or for the community and public. it can only happen if you know clearly what you want, and take the time to create that.


  • Public Judgement article
  • Public Judgement Preflection

Friday, May 05, 2006

Arts of Democracy May 5th

What is Negotiation?
Negotiation is about coming to a win win situation with a problem between 2 or more people or groups.

In Class Notes:

  • Seperate people from the problem
  • soft on people and hard on the problem
  • leave your bias at the door
  • come to the table knowing what you want
Summary of Todays Class:
we discussed next years days off and negotiable days to have off. we went threw one quarter at a time, going threw and discussing what we did and didnt like about days our individual groups decided on.
we also made sure that individual names and ideas on what certain days are, like what negotiable ideas are.

Negotiation Article:

Negotiation Pre/reflection:
negotiation is coming to an agreement on a problem between two or more people/companies/countries/etc.. it is process of coming to these agreements on an issue. it is about settling differences and coming to a conclusion that benefits all the people involved in the issue at hand.
specifically negotiation is coming to a win win solution on a problem that is faced by two or more people. it is the process of coming to this win win situation and ensureing everyone is heard on needs, wants, and issues that must be taken into consideration. negotiation is not always an easy task, and often times, the issue of setting aside past issues, and biases is not done. alot of the time, it takes a long time to come to final conclusion on a negotiation, and making sure everyone is happy with the matter.

  • Proposal for Summer Community Work at Capital Hill
  • Article for political imagination
  • pre/reflection for Political imagination

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Arts of Democracy April 18th

Social Capital
building social capital

What is Social Capital?
connections between people, networking between people.
"its not what you know, its who you know."

Social Capital Article:

Social Capital pre/reflection:
social capital has to do with community service and giving back to the community as a whole. it is the act of doing things without a need to or have to, but a want to do.
cosical capital is more than community service, though it is a form of it. it can be something done for anyone with no reason, or for one person. its about he connection between people and the way those connections are made.

  • negotiation article

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Arts of Democracy for April 7th

In arts of democracy we covered the new guidelines of the class, and active listening. we participated in discussion where we used the skills of active listening on each other using the questions; "how have we changed?" and "how else do you want to change?"


  • set up blog
  • find media about active listening and building social capital
  • work ahead by finding articles on creative conflict, mediation-negotiation, political imagination, and diversity
  • write up a paragraph response to each


5/12 political imagination
5/19 public judgement
5/26 diversity
6/2 evaluation and reflection
6/9 celebration and appreciation