Learning from Failure

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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.

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Team Meeting 3/23/14

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Tim, Vic, and I (MVT) met tonight on what we like to call an “interim meeting.” We have coined this meeting “interim” because our plans are coming along as we had hoped, and the intention of this meeting was to catch up on events/fundraisers, catch up as team members, plan ahead, and see where we can improve while we wait for answers from partner organizations. We are finalizing the plans for the fundraiser at Hanleys and look to be advertising within the next couple days. As for our final event, Vic, Tim, and I met with the “Social Justice Advocacy” who asked to partner with us for our final event on Slavin Lawn. This event will include a speaker from Crossroads (our partner organization), and then a sleep out on Slavin Lawn with food provided. It should be a great night providing the PC community with awareness about Homelessness and what they can do to help in the future regarding the Hidden America (Thanks Vic <3)! It was a great meeting and we are on our way to success!

Team Meeting 3/23/14

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Tim, Vic, and I (MVT) met tonight on what we like to call an “interim meeting.” We have coined this meeting “interim” because our plans are coming along as we had hoped, and the intention of this meeting was to catch up on events/fundraisers, catch up as team members, plan ahead, and see where we can improve while we wait for answers from partner organizations. We are finalizing the plans for the fundraiser at Hanleys and look to be advertising within the next couple days. As for our final event, Vic, Tim, and I met with the “Social Justice Advocacy” who asked to partner with us for our final event on Slavin Lawn. This event will include a speaker from Crossroads (our partner organization), and then a sleep out on Slavin Lawn with food provided. It should be a great night providing the PC community with awareness about Homelessness and what they can do to help in the future regarding the Hidden America (Thanks Vic <3)! It was a great meeting and we are on our way to success!

MVT As a Unit

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Reflecting on our (Vic, Tim, and I) performance today I just wanted to give you guys a shout out and say, “NICE WORK!” I thought today we really took a step forward, accomplished the task at hand, demonstrated team dynamics, and thought of a new way to post blogs. Hard work should never go unnoticed, so I just wanted to thank you guys for your time and efforts…I think today was a HUGE success. It is our hope that other teams view our video post and replicate/nuance it to how they see fit — this is a great way to use this “digital age” we live in to our advantage.

Great job you guys and il see you tomorrow!

 – ❤ Matthew