posted on June 10, 2008 14:18
On Tuesday, April 8, 24 community members of all ages met to discuss how to make the Black Hills State University more intergenerational. Participants ranged from age 18 - 80+, and, by the end of the session, people were asking for more time to keep their discussions going.
These community members were taking part in an intergenerational dialogue, an information gathering technique that is being used across the country to come up with solutions to tough questions such as: how to make communities safer, how to increase sensitivity towards diversity and how can changes in the neighborhood be appreciated by all.
BSHU held this intergenerational dialogue to gather ideas and suggestions about programming and activities to bring as many generations together as possible.
By the end of the session, everyone had contributed a suggestion or two to the discussion. Here are some of the highlights:
-Host an intergenerational Dance
-Youth interview elders/oral history project
-Have groups of students accompany senior citizens to on-campus activities, like concerts and sporting events
Why An Intergenerational Dialogue?
The Intergenerational Dialogue approach is based on two simple, but very powerful, concepts:
- Each generation has a unique and valuable perspective—exclusive of race, culture, ethnicity or gender—that must be included in discussing any issue or opportunity.
- All generations need to be involved in solving community problems or creating community opportunities.
Could your organization make use of the Intergenerational Dialogue framework to answer a question or come up with a solution to a problem?