The Green Idea: Phase One

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The Green Idea: Phase One

  1. 1. THE GREEN IDEA: Phase One “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced,” so said the Hindi teacher Swami Vivekananda. There is some truth to what this Guru was saying. All things great started from one simple and sometimes ridiculous idea. The best inventions, the most revolutionizing innovations, all of them started from one thought. Some were accidental. Others were intentional. Either way, all the comforts we enjoy in the 21st century was built upon a single idea. That is the challenge of your project for this semester. However, you are required to do more than just thinking of an idea. You have to think of an idea that would propose a solution to an existing problem. This problem can either be environmental or related to public health. Thus, it is not just an idea…it is a Green Idea. At the end of this project, you are expected to develop the values of critical thinking, creativity and teamwork. You are expected to gain skills such as foresight, community-building, networking, public speaking and basically just thinking out of the box. The Green Idea Project will come in three phases: Phase One is the presentation/proposal of your Green Idea. Phase Two is the Actualization of your Green Idea. Phase Three is the Final Exhibition of your Green Idea. To help you prepare for Phase One, here are guidelines for your Green Idea Presentation.I. Proposal a. VISION – “Begin with the end in mind” according to Stephen Covey. What does your group expect to have as an outcome of your Green Idea? What do you intend to accomplish? b. SITUATION – From a more broad perspective, what are the details of your problem/situation? Is your Green Idea to be applied on a particular community or school? Cite the current situation. Details such as location, population, number of students, etc. must be presented in a concise and clear manner. Remember to include the pertinent details and information. Focus on what is relevant. In a sense, this portion of your proposal will be your “proofs” to the critics the need why your Green Idea is relevant in the first place. Take pictures if needed. Interview locals or people in authorities if you must. Focus only on one Problem. c. ACTION – Now that you have your vision and the realities that hinder you from getting to your vision, what is your action plan? This is where you will describe in detail your Green Idea. To judge whether or not your Green Idea is a “good idea”, remember to play it SMART. i. Is it SPECIFIC? – does your Green Idea address the Problem you cited? ii. Is it MEASURABLE? – can your green Idea produce outcomes that can be objectively measured? iii. Is it ATTAINABLE? – is it feasible? iv. Is it REALISTIC? – do you have the resources on hand that can help make it possible? v. Is it TIME-BOUND? – can you accomplish it within a reasonable period of time? The proposal must be typewritten in a short-sized bond paper and placed inside the folder with a cover page bearing the name of the Green Idea and the members of the group.
  2. 2. II. Presentation a. There is no specific format on how you will make your presentation. The use of powerpoint however is highly encouraged. b. Time allotted for actual presentation is only 10-minutes. It will be followed by a 15-minute questioning from a panel of critics. c. Presentation must be done in English and/or Filipino. The use of Hiligaynon will be allowed but only to the minimum and when necessary such as presentation of an interview of a local done in the dialect. d. The Presentation will be 40% of the grade, the written proposal will be 60% of the group grade. The panel will review the proposal and the presentation and rate it according to the following criteria: i. PROPOSAL 1. Clarity of the Problem ------ 20 points 2. Coherent and Logical Presentation of Situational Analysis ---- 30 points 3. Coherent and Logical Presentation of Action Plan ------ 30 points 4. Innovativeness of the Green Idea ------ 20 points ii. PRESENTATION 1. Clarity in the use of Visuals ------ 20 points 2. Ability to Communicate Idea ---------- 30 points 3. Mastery of the Language and Ability to Respond to Questions ---- 30 points 4. Ability to Maximize Time ---- 10% Perhaps the most difficult part is what “Idea” to have. This requires a keen observation of your environment, your community, your school and your neighborhood. Start with your interests. Begin with your own concern. Remember though that “ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. (Jim Rohn)” Should you need advice, visit the Natural Sciences Faculty Room every Friday starting 10:30am to 12 noon. Good luck.

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