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"What do we need to flourish?"

Anne Dalke's picture

I meant to ask you to leave w/ me what you wrote--and read--in class today;
I would like to post this as another collectively written "poem," if you are willing.
If you are, please add your answers to the questions--
"What do I need to flourish here?"
"What might we need to flourish here?"--
as comments to this post, and I'll collate them all.
Thank you all, again--



sdane's picture

I am on my way out.  These

I am on my way out.  These 360 classes are my last as an undergrad, and in some ways I care less about "flourishing," or even getting good grades, than I do about soaking them in.  Right now, I'm much more focused and worried about flourishing in the world beyond Bryn Mawr.

I think we all need honesty, lack of judgement, and the willingness to learn from all people, things, and experiences.

jhunter's picture

To Flourish

What I need to flourish: the space in which to speak and knowledge that I will not be judged

What we need to flourish: everyone's voice in the conversation, taking the risk to be wrong

Erin's picture

Understanding and honesty

I need to push myself more out of my comfort zone and speak more.

I need more time to articulate and elaborate what I want to say.

We all need to be support and construct a safe space for everyone in it.  

Sharaai's picture

I need to figure out what I

I need to figure out what I need.

I need to speak less and kisten more.

We need to give each other the space to flourish.

ishin's picture

Critical Friendships

a space for critical friendships--a space where we are attentive, critical, and together with/for one another.

Chandrea's picture

I need the space and time to

I need the space and time to speak up and I need to realize my potential and be confident about the person I am now and who I aim to be. What I have to say is valid and I shouldn't think otherwise.

We need to realize that what we say or think now is not set in stone.

couldntthinkofanoriginalname's picture

I need to leave the class

I need to leave the class with a lighter heart

I need the quieter students to speak more because I want to hear them--they add to my 360 experience

Dan's picture

To flourish, I need...

alternative (artistic?) ways to process what we're taking in together (outside the Academic space).

Hummingbird's picture

In order to flourish...

I need to come to terms with and also fully understand my position of privilege, but I also need to not be so hard on myself that I don't acknowlege the places in which I am not privileged.
It sounds like what we need to flourish here might be allowing for uncomfortability. 

medi's picture

Need to flourish

I need others to challenge my ideas.

Michaela's picture

I wonder, though, what sort

I wonder, though, what sort of privilege accompanies needing things (and getting them), or my prideful sense of being self sufficient.

more communication, less guilt, less fear.

Uninhibited's picture

I need others to challenge my

I need others to challenge my ideas. 

Sarah's picture

I need people to be honest

I need people to be honest because even if we disagree, we're all still learning.

Without maybe talking more, as there is a need for silence too, we need to be more upfront with what we say if what's stopping us is fear of offending others.

sara.gladwin's picture

what I/we need to flourish

what I need to flourish: more time to think about the complexities behind this question.

what I think we need to flourish: a way to reconcile equal desires for silence and voice; a class that can be fluid in movement, ideas and content but will still remember to stop, pause and observe.

Owl's picture

What I need to flourish/What might we need to flourish here:

I need to be seen as an adult in every sense of the word/ We need to create an atmosphere where dialogue with anger, frustration, happiness, and curiosity flourish, and mystery ceases to exist. 

HSBurke's picture

the knowledge that sometimes,

the knowledge that sometimes, the fear that comes with not flourishing is a powerful form of self awareness and growth.

I think we all said "I" because we are afraid to impose our needs on others. We need to know how overlapped our individual needs are. 

jo's picture

openness and honesty from

openness and honesty from myself and others.

Anne Dalke's picture

What I need to flourish here.... more silence,
more space between my words,
more space between your words and my reactions.