As a teacher I always knew that the most powerful learning that happened in the classroom was rarely when I was doing the teaching. The most powerful learning came from students teaching each other, inspiring one another, pushing and motivating one another. I was reminded of this peer to peer power when 35 moms (and a few dads) and tweens came together at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for the first ever Moms+Tweens+SocialGood Plus Social Good event to talk about social good, technology and global citizenship.
It did not take long for the group to realize that the power and impact of the morning was going to come from within. Sure, there were resources and tips that were shared….
Thoughts like how to find a cause or organization when there are so many different choices that all seem to need our attention.
Thoughts on how to engage with your member of Congress.
But the real impact and inspiration came from the conversations about what it means to be a global citizen and what social good really is. The real impact came when tweens took the stage to talk as individuals or as part of a panel to share their experiences with social good.
The real impact came when the group was challenged to come up with a common definition and understanding the themes quickly became apparent.
Social good involves voices. It involves envisioning a goal to make an impact and getting started instead of over thinking it.
Being a global citizen means thinking about others instead of yourself. It means learning from everyone and everything around us.
The power of the morning came from the fact that sitting around the u-shaped tables were not moms and tweens that exist in isolation. The power came from the fact that for this discussion we were all partners. Our interdependence reminded us of why global citizenship is important in the 21st century as life becomes more and more connected. Adults were inspired by tweens and tweens were inspired by adults. We left empowered, because of the collective discussion of each voice.
The conversation about how to grow global citizens is just beginning. Philanthrotweens and teens are our future, but we our their models.
Want to learn more?
- Follow the #GrowGlobalCitizens hashtag on twitter
- Follow Grow Global Citizens on Facebook (stay tuned here for an exciting announcement about a logo design contest for kids)
- Download the Global Citizens Toolkit with resources, websites and more to grow global citizens
- Read about seven sites for teaching global citizenship to kids on Babble
- Read about fostering global citizenship to strengthen our world on Parents.com
Explore the presentation from the morning (it includes some of the embedded videos).
We are only just beginning….are you ready?
HUGE thanks to: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for providing a beautiful space to meet, DK Eyewitness Travel & Rough Guides for providing travel books for attendees, Shootie Girl for providing shirts as giveaway items, the United Nations Foundation and Plus Social Good for their support and Club Penguin for providing 6 month memberships for the tweens.