Overall, MVT as a team was not thrilled about the outcome of our Homelessness event. In retrospect, we believe the root of the problem stemmed from our mindset/approach to the event as a whole. It wouldn’t be fair to say that we did not work hard on this event, all three of us contributed equally by reaching out to groups on campus, contacting local businesses, setting up meetings to formulate ideas with other groups, taking the necessary steps to reserve Slavin for our event, as well as marketed this event to our friends/PC community. MVT believes that although all of these steps were taken, our mindset/approach to the contrastingly mundane nature of the event in comparison to the Hanley’s event promoted non-systemic thinking within our group. This class, all semester long, has challenged us to break the shackles of conformity, go toe-to-toe with uncertainty, and be the change we wish to see in the world.
That being said, as a team we failed to hop off the bandwagon of success from our first event and approached our event in Slavin within the same scope as the bar event — implementing the same strategic plan (conforming) and failing to cater our approach to an event totally different in nature. We disregarded Senge’s warning in his work, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, by finding comfort in applying a similar solution to all problems because we stick to what we know best making us intimidated by failure thus confining ourselves within our comfort zone, “Pushing harder and harder on similar solutions, while fundamental problems persist or worsen, is a reliable indicator of nonsystemic thinking — what we often call the “what we need here is a bigger hammer” syndrome.
We recognize that we did in fact fail at this event, but we used this event as a learning experience by dissecting our strategic plan, exposing its flaws, and offering insight as to what we could have done better or differently. Looking ahead with the semester coming to a close, MVT is going to return to the drawing board with a clean slate and see if we can hold one more event to raise the awareness of homelessness to the PC campus.