• Decrease your footprint (decrease the negative impacts)
  • Increase your handprint (increase positive impacts)
  • Integration of the concepts regeneration and sustainability

    Permaculture Ethics:
    Does it promote fair distribution of resources?
    Is it good for the Earth?
    Is it good for the People?

Assignment for May, 2019
Positive Change Project (Waste Reduction Project)
Presentations in June, 2018
June 3 (1-6), June 4 (7-12), June 5 (13-18), June 6 (19-24), June 7 (25-29)

Pechakucha Checklist and Grading PDF

Part 1: Prewriting Visual Analysis
Project Poster using systems thinking tools and concepts to understand your project from a “whole systems” approach.

Ice-berg Model- The Big Picture

  • BOTG’s- change over time
  • Stock and Flow Model- sustainability
  • Connection Circle- interdependencies
  • Causal loops- reinforcing and balancing feedback
  • Ladder of Inference- mental models

Part 2: Written Analysis

  1. Introduction-
    Lead: question, fact, statistic, etc…
    Answer the following questions:
    What is my project, specifically?
    Why did I chose this project?
    What is my personal connection/interest to this project?
    How does my project promotes positive change?
    Why is this project is important to me? 
    Thesis statement (this will introduce the three body paragraphs)
  2. Current reality (The Problem) (What’s the problem and how does it affect people today?) When using statistics site the source, e.g. according to NewsELA Plastics in our Oceans, May 11, 2018.
  3. Mathematical Analysis (The Evidence): quantify or measure the problem and affect of possible solution.
    What stories do your BOTG’s Tell?
  4. Regeneration (The Action or Positive Change)– What is my leverage point (greatest change with least effort) to reverse degeneration first then regenerate. Explain why this is the best solution.
  5. Call to Action

Part 3: ペチャクチャpresentation
Pechakucha (20 x 20) 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, 6:40 total time (students may choose to shorten their presentation by up to five slides, focus on quality not quantity)

Outline for presentation:
This is a visual project, use words to label graphs, connection circles and other systems tools. You will describe each slide from your notecards. Think of a picture book without the words…

  1. Slide 1: Identify clearly the solution (what is to be increased and decreased)
  2. Slides 2-19: Roadmap to positive change- Use systems tools; Iceberg Models, T-Charts, BOTG’s, Stock and Flows, Connection Circles, Causal Loops (Balancing and Reinforcing), Ladder of Inference (mental models). Mathematical measurements and statistics are also required to show the measurement of change over time.
    -Duplicate slides when necessary (when you need more time on a slide)
    -Use photos/images sparingly in your presentation (2-3 images only)
  3. Slide 20: Call to action the proposed positive change. (You made need to use 2-3 slides here)

Slow and steady wins the race!
Student Positive Change Project Ideas: 
  • feedback loops and decision making
  • food and energy reduction
  • multiple use packaging
  • habitat restoration
  • renewable energy
  • more efficient meals, less meat more vegetables
  • striving for zero waste
  • water conservation
  • MSG and food additives
  • genetic engineering of our food
  • how pesticides increase the problems
  • eat for the earth
  • buy quality not quantity
  • consumption: vote with your dollar
  • organ donation awareness and impact
  • permaculture practice
  • food bank and leverage
  • CFL’s and LED’s
  • Conservation of resources
  • locavore lifestyle
  • chemical fertilizers and the death of soil, rivers and oceans
  • vegetarianism and environmental impact
  • the life of a can of coke or any product
  • reduce, reduce, reduce
  • refuse!, rethink! reuse, reduce, recycle
  • what is healthy soil?
  • obesity: cause and effect on our system
  • to be continued…

Mid-term presentation and reports:

  1. Personal connection essay- Topic selected and turned in with a 1-2 page  summary explaining your personal connection to the project, and the multiple ways (at least two) your project relates to positive change.
  2. Iceberg thinking poster presentations- can be made on poster-board or done electronically on google docs. Iceberg posters will include all of the systems thinking tools found in the iceberg model; BOTG’s, connection circles, causal loops, and ladder of inference to show mental models.  Our purpose is to make the most important elements within the system visible.
  3. Positive change written report  In your report you will identify and explain your problem, explain how your strategy  solves or improves the situation(increase positive, and decrease negative) tell how systems thinking tools and habits helped you with your project, and respond to the reinforcing and corrective feedback you received from your classmates.

    Outline for Positive Change Project written report                                 

    – Lead and Thesis statement, (tip of the ice-berg).

    Body 1– Whats key system elements have been changing over time?-  Identify and explain important patterns and trends from BOTG’s. 
    Body 2-  
    Show interdependence- How are system elements dependent on one another? (Connection Circles and Causal Loops)– look at and explain the complexity and synergy between the interdependent variables within the system.
    Body 3-
     Mental models- How has your thinking and understanding changed after using the ice-berg model (ladder of inference). What new perspectives do you understand?  Conclusion– Proposal; What is your corrective action goalto close the gap(causal loop)
  4. ペチャクチャ  Positive Change Project- Engineering/Designing a Solution using the tools, habits, and concepts:Identify a problem, its root causes, and explain why resolving this problem is important for positive change to occur. Use the iceberg model to guide your thinking. Do your research, talk to experts as well as friends and family, read books and articles, use your imagination to possibly redesign the system.  How will you change mental models?
    After gaining a deep understanding of your problem, i.e. the current reality, set a goal then design a strategy of corrective actions using systems habits, tools, and concepts that will close the gap between the current reality and your goal. (Leverage: greatest impact with the least effort)
    Discuss how the process of using Systems Thinking deepened your thinking and understanding of your problem, allowing you to engineer a strategy to promote positive change.