MiddCORE

MiddCORE Workshops: Building CORE Strengths

MiddCORE Workshops are designed for students who want to build skills and make connections, and who want to get a taste of the MiddCORE Program.

During MiddCORE’s fall and spring workshop series, students can sign up to spend an afternoon with MiddCORE mentors to develop skills in areas such as leadership, collaboration, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, empathy, negotiation, idea creation, and crisis management.

**This semester we will be running a series of 5 workshops to help tackle this fall’s OpenIDEO challenge: “How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Students can attend any or all of these 5 workshops.  The workshops will teach students the tools of design thinking, and they will allow for collaboration with a community of more than 40,000 people in over 170 countries – people who are all trying to help solve this authentic OpenIDEO social challenge.  All of the OpenIDEO workshops will be held in the MiddCORE House at 20 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

Fall 2014 Workshops:

 

SEPT 11 | 7:00-9:00pm | Persuasive Speaking
No new idea ever travels any further than the innovator’s ability to tell its story. This workshop uses techniques and insights from the worlds of theater, movement and neuroscience to tame and train the voice and body we use every day. SIGN UP HERE 

SEPT 22 | 7:00-9:00pm | OpenIDEO Team Challenge**
Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship 
How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Insight Gathering 1: In this session, the team will be introduced to the OpenIDEO challenge as well as the tools of human-centered design thinking. Team members will learn how to unpack and reframe the problem and gather insights through stakeholder interviews. SIGN UP HERE

OCT 4 | 10:00-Noon | OpenIDEO Team Challenge**
Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship 
How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Insight Gathering 2: In this session, the team will be introduced to the OpenIDEO challenge as well as the tools of human-centered design thinking. Team members will learn how to unpack and reframe the problem and gather insights through stakeholder interviews. SIGN UP HERE

OCT 6 | 4:30-6:30pm | Strategic Thinking with Google
Co-Sponsored by CCI
A handful of Middlebury Alums (who now work for Google) will join us to workshop a Google/YouTube strategic thinking case. We’ll also save time to talk about what the experience of working at Google is all about and the path/process for applying for roles. SIGN UP HERE

OCT 9 | 7:00-9:00pm | Persuasive Speaking
No new idea ever travels any further than the innovator’s ability to tell its story. This workshop uses techniques and insights from the worlds of theater, movement and neuroscience to tame and train the voice and body we use every day.   SIGN UP HERE

OCT 16 | 7:00-9:00pm | Persuasive Speaking
No new idea ever travels any further than the innovator’s ability to tell its story. This workshop uses techniques and insights from the worlds of theater, movement and neuroscience to tame and train the voice and body we use every day. SIGN UP HERE

OCT 20 | 7:00-9:00pm | OpenIDEO Team Challenge**
Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship 
How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Idea Generation 1: In this session, the team will build on the insights gathered to design conceptual solutions. Team members will learn creative brainstorming techniques to generate the most innovative ideas. During this workshop, the Middlebury proposals will be added to the online forum for global feedback and evaluation. SIGN UP HERE

OCT 24 | 7:00-9:00pm | Fall Family Weekend Design Thinking Challenge
“Design Thinking” is popping up everywhere. This workshop will explore the design thinking approach in an exercise that engages our empathy and creativity to generate innovative solutions to a challenge in our immediate vicinity. Our hope is that participants will find the design thinking approach has broad applicability to future challenges and opportunities in many areas of life.  This workshop is open to students and their parents. LOCATION: AXINN 229  SIGN UP HERE

OCT 31 | 7:00-9:00pm | Storymaking
Nothing transforms our lives like a story. In this workshop, students will join in an exercise that explores the powerful and pervasive art of story-making. SIGN UP HERE

NOV 1 | 10:00-Noon | OpenIDEO Team Challenge**
Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship 
How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Idea Generation 2: In this session, the team will build on the insights gathered to design conceptual solutions. Team members will learn creative brainstorming techniques to generate the most innovative ideas. During this workshop, the Middlebury proposals will be added to the online forum for global feedback and evaluation. SIGN UP HERE

NOV 10 | 7:00-9:00pm | OpenIDEO Team Challenge**
Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship 
How might parents in low-resource communities give their children the best possible start in life?” Refinement Workshop: During the refinement phase of the OpenIDEO challenge, 20 concepts will be selected by the global community and the OpenIDEO partner. Team members will help refine, iterate and test the chosen concepts. Team members will learn and participate in the prototyping process. SIGN UP HERE

NOV 13 | 7:00-9:00pm | Persuasive Speaking
No new idea ever travels any further than the innovator’s ability to tell its story. This workshop uses techniques and insights from the worlds of theater, movement and neuroscience to tame and train the voice and body we use every day. SIGN UP HERE

NOV 14 | 4:30-6:00pm | Financial Literacy Tools: Budgets with Don Bramley
Co-Sponsored by CCI

Please note the new date (this workshop will no longer be offered on the 21st)
Don Bramley is a Managing Director for Audax Private Equity. Previously, Don was a Partner with The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm. Don will walk students through an active and fun workshop in budgets and financial literacy designed for the novice as well as the enthusiast. Everyone needs this skill! No finance background needed. SIGN UP HERE

MiddCORE was awarded The 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.

 

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