It’s time we acted to help change some unfair situations, and this will be our challenge. We will take part in the campaign ‘What our mobile hides’ run by the Alboan NGO to help the DR Congo collective. In this campaign, we have the challenge of collecting at least one phone per student using the feel-think-act methodology. This methodology has the following steps:
FEEL: The first step towards making change happen is to try to understand how people feel.
In class we have watched the video ‘what your phone hides’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOAwhgU52NY ) created by the Alboan NGO. The video has two parts, in the first one, the journalist Vanessa Sanchez talks about the conflict of the DR Congo where there are already 5 million people dead, and where the sexual violence rate is the highest in the world.
It talks about the millions that the armed groups earn by selling the minerals and that they use this money to buy arms. These groups control the mines, collect revolutionary taxes, dominate the smuggling routes to take the minerals to Asia, where they are blended with others to make different products.
At the end of their useful service lives, these devices are sent back to Africa as technology trash and end up in illegal dumping sites, causing high contamination and environmental damage that affects the life quality and the livelihood of the citizens.
The video also says that in 2013 alone, 1 million people fled from their houses trying to run away from war and violence.
In the second part, Vanessa talks about the possibilities we have as consumers of goods made with these minerals.
After watching the video we wrote our feelings in a sentence. This is an example: “to live comfortably, consciously or unconsciously, we often trample on our neighbor.”
THINK: visualize and plan the road map… During this process we have to make and organise some proposals to tackle the issue.
We are actually in this phase in which we have to start thinking about activities we could organise in order to collect as many devices as possible. In plenary we will write down all the ideas and choose (or vote for) the best two.
ACT: the last step is to put into practice what we planned. Make change happen !
We will have to draw a thermometer on which we are going to mark how many devices we are collecting. In theory, the challenge will be to collect at least one phone per student, but we will probably collect many more than that.
We will share the campaign with you in the blog of Connecting worlds to communicate what we are doing.
See you …