Sunday, February 22, 2009

Design for Giving Contest

Student Assignment: Everyone
Turning garbage into art. Helping families understand the importance of keeping the environment clean. Raising money for an orphanage. Improving the living conditions of construction workers. Putting a smile on the faces of the elderly.

The Design for Giving Contest is motivating schools across India to reimagine the act of giving. Taking place from August 15th to Oct 15th, the contest involves more than 30,000 schools across India. School children will design and implement solutions to help people in need. The goal of this movement is to help children realize that they can "be the change" they want to see in the world.

Read this note from Zara, aka Words, our contact in India.

Watch the above video and then answer the following two sets of questions:
  1. What bothers you in San Francisco?
  2. What are you going to do about it?

  3. What bothers you in the United States?
  4. What are you going to do about it? (Watch this video for inspiration.)
Remember, give helpful and instructive ideas for solving the problem.

This is the first part of our package about the "Design for Giving Contest." Students will interview someone from the program (a recent high school graduate), and the organization would like to post our video on their website. So, let's do a great job!

We will also do several other "related stories," including a news story, a Wordle, a photo essay, a look into what could The Herald do? How can we make things better?

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