What is the Challenge?
Convene a group made up of at least six PLU community members (faculty, staff, and/or students) and plan to participate in ONE of the following activities designed to familiarize our community with the work of Shamil Idriss and the organization he leads, Search for Common Ground. All groups will receive a packet of goodies and an invitation to a special lunch and a Q & A with Mr. Idriss on March 1 from 12:30-1:35 p.m. in the AUC Regency Room.
- Form a reading group and plan to meet once to discuss two readings recommended by Mr. Idriss related to the approaches to peace-building used by Search for Common Ground. For those with an epass, the readings are available in one downloadable pdf – Interplay on Indra’s InterNet by Nick Seneca Jankel and Memoirs by Jean Monnet. If you do not have an epass, go to Interplay with Indra’s Internet for the first reading and Memoirs for the second reading.
- Assemble a group to participate in a self-guided exercise designed to develop an understanding of Search for Common Ground’s approach to bridging divides by finding common ground. This self-guided exercise consists of the following basic steps:
- Select a divisive issue on campus that is divisive and that you care about.
- Identify all the stakeholders connected with that issue on the campus; then, assign the different stakeholder roles to members in the group. Participants in the exercise are charged with roleplaying the interests and views of their assigned stakeholder.
- In your assigned stakeholder role, initiate and have conversations with all other stakeholder representatives, with the intention of hearing the other’s point of view to fully understand it. Do not rebut or argue in these conversations, although you may ask clarifying questions to fully explore the representative’s perspective.
- Regroup, and still in your stakeholder role, analyze the information you have gathered from the diverse stakeholders with the goal of identifying possible areas of common ground on which you all could agree to collaborate in solving the divisive issue to mutual satisfaction.
- Bring your group’s list of identified areas of common ground to Shamil Idriss’s presentation as it will provide him with the opportunity to delve more deeply into the process and experience of the exercise. The list is for your reference only and therefore can be in any form convenient to you.
How to Participate?
The group-challenge convener should send an email to Rosemary Raynolds at the Wang Center for Global Education, by February 24, 2017.
To be considered for the challenge, this email should contain:
- Three sentences on why the group wishes to participate
- A list of the viewing group participants, their PLU affiliation and ID numbers (use “student” for student affiliation)
- The date, time, and location of the planned group gathering
- A commitment to attend Shamil Idriss’s lecture on March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Karen Hille Phillips Hall
- Only PLU faculty, staff, and students are eligible to participate
For more information, please contact Rosemary Raynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 253-535-7577.