How can we make our community better?

What are the most pressing challenges or problems we currently face in Liberty?
How can our study of History help us learn more about them?
Can we create and defend unique strategies to solve these problems and ultimately make our community a better place to live?

Our first step: Figure out what our citizens think are the most pressing problems in our community (Results below)
Each graphic below is representative of the different responses given by different demographics (U12/Over 12/Professional/Common Worker, Educator, or Relative)

A.  What are the problems that seem to come up from all different types of people ? (Traffic, Bullying, Crime/Violence, Taxes, Homework, Racism, Growth, Drugs, Debt, Social Media, Homeless, Unemployment, Laziness/Entitlement, Overcrowding in schools, Stereotyping, Time, Poverty, Communication, Health/Care, Breakdown of family units, Littering, Personal Responsibility, Not enough teen jobs, Teen Suicide, Minimum Wage) (25 Total Responses with the most hits across demographics)

C. Results from narrowing activities (Each class was asked to narrow our list of 25 problems down to three using two of the most significant criteria below:

* Which problems are most significant to us in our personal lives?

* Which problems, if we solved them, have the inherent ability to solve many other problems as a byproduct of their solution?

Hour 1: (Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility)

Hour 2: (Personal Responsibility, Bullying,  Crime/Violence)

Hour 3: (Personal Responsibility, Unemployment, Crime/Violence)

Hour 4: (Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility)

Hour 5: (Bullying, Personal Responsibility, Drugs)

Hour 6: (Bullying, Crime/Violence Drugs)

Results: Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility were our top 3 choices

Note: Shortly after this process our classes decided that bullying and crime could both largely be solved if we could greatly increase our community's ability to be more personally responsible on all fronts. (2nd round of interview results below...)

What's the most pressing problem we currently have in Liberty because it's community members don't have more personal responsibility? (2nd interview-6 demographics)

Once we formulated the results from our 2nd round of interviews students were asked to rank their top 3 choices they'd be most personally invested in trying to solve through May.  The following links shows us the problems each class has chosen to tackle. .  In addition, each student was asked to write down in the fewest words possible why the problem they ranked highest was so important for them to try and solve.  Below is a slideshow of their responses.

What was your motivation for solving our community's most pressing problems?

Thursday, February 26th

A. What are 3 reasons why this problem has a direct relationship to personal responsibility?
B. What are 3-5 choices that individuals in our community could be making that are directly leading to this problem? (explain)
C. What are 5 vocabulary words or phrases that you could type into a Google search that could help you immediately start to understand your problem better (what do you need to find out in order to understand your problem)?
D. What are 5 ways that this problem is manifesting itself in our community?
E. What are 5 factors in any community that directly contribute to your problem (prove).
F. How do we find the root of this problem? Start that process.

Thursday, March 5th

Creation of the Problem Statement:
1. What....Exactly is the problem? (in sentence form and in connection to our specific community)
2. Who.....Says there is a problem?
3. Where....Exactly is the problem happening?
4. When....Is it happening most?
5.  How many people......Does the problem impact (Must find statistics that support in some way...)

Use your responses from numbers 1-5 to create a problem statement that clearly defines your problem and why solving it is justified.  

Thursday, March 12th

How do we start finding the root causes of our problems?

Below is a quick representation of what students worked on in class in order to start generating focused ideas on where they should most put their time, energy, and resources:

Wednesday, March 24th
How is our community (or state) already trying to solve this problem?
A. Laws/Regulations?
B. Personal Campaigning?
C. Inventions or Products?
D. Personal or business services?
How do we figure this out?  Who do you need to contact?

Thursday, March 25th
A. How have we historically tried to solve each of your "main causes" in society?
B. When you look at how we've tried to solve the causes and the main problems where are specific gaps in social or business strategy that we could attack or gain ground?
C. Based on those gaps, try to brainstorm some immediate ideas you could build on after spring break for your solution?

Thursday, April 9th
1.  What's the best way to solve this problem for our entire community based on the gaps we've analyzed? (Our group is going to try and solve this problem by.....
2. What makes your solution different than any other strategy out there?
3.  How do you know it's different than any other strategy currently being used in our community (reference with me if you need to...)
4. What physical manifestation will your solution need to grow into in the coming month? (Website, Campaign Template, New Product Sketch, New Product Prototype, New Business Service, New School Program, etc.) (How will you introduce this physically to the community?

Thursday, April 16th
Last step before you build your solution:

Please put your finished solution template in here
labeled with your names and problem!

Thursday, April 23rd
~As a class we decided that the best manifestation of our large scale problem solving activity could be found in a life size game of Jenga.  When all the pieces are in line (i.e. when everyone in the community is responsible) the foundation (community) is on solid ground.  As  people become irresponsible (blocks are taken out) the foundation society was built on starts to crumble and shake.  Society's problems can be solved (and become taller and stronger) but only through re-allocation and thoughtful work so that the root problems are wiped out.  That's the thought process that went into our solutions.

Kids in 5th hour working to build each Jenga block (each of our 54 blocks represent a problem each of our 54 groups were trying to solve...)

Community Problem Solving Week (April 27th-5/1)
As we fine tune our solutions we're trying to make sure we have both a tangible and digital way to communicate our solutions, why they might work, and the process we went through to solve them.

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2 years ago

Nice mate