Week Three – Decide and Explore

Well, we are moving right along, aren’t we? The purpose of your work this week is to make some decisions about how you will participate in the final three weeks by choosing a sector to work in and exploring that sector while thinking about what you would want to see come into reality in your NYCIDY. Our thinking is that if you can imagine it here, you can go out into the world and realize it for all of us!

Let’s find our way together.

Land Acknowledgment

In New York, we are on the ancestral land of the Lenape people.

We say this to acknowledge that, no matter when or how we personally arrived on this land, we each have a relationship to the life and the pain that this ground has been witness to.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the responsibility of that relationship.

Let us be stewards of this land and make a connection to it that allows us to leave it better off than when we arrived.

If you’d like to learn more you can go to these links to get a deeper understanding.

Tool ~ Mindfulness Check-in

Setting the Container – 

In our sessions together – we will always “Set the Container” and that means we will make commitments to each other on how we will work together.

Click the Group Commitments below to read through what to expect in our sessions together.

-You are here ~ Be present ~ Be Kind ~ Treat others how you want to be treated

-Embrace “The Circle Process” – As shared the way we work at NYCID is using the Restorative Circle – We will never force you to speak so understand you can pass and we expect that you will participate as you become more familiar with the how we work together.

-Let perfection go and share your experiences – We must work together and learn from one another in order for our process to be fulfilling.

-Remember impact over intention – As shared we often have the best intentions and we do not always realize the impact our actions have on others. When you get a reaction you were not expecting say “ops” and if you are on the receiving end say “ouch.”

-Notice our own biases and judgments – We all have them. Let’s not ignore them!

-Realize our privilege – It exists and is based on different seen and unseen identities we hold – we deepen our connections to one another when we acknowledge as much.

-Practice self-care and community care – Take care of yourself – when done right – you will take care of others!

Circle Up – How are MWe?

What has been your most interesting discovery so far this summer?

Be prepared to share your answer to the from above in the circle.

Mayoral Candidate Presentations

During your Week Three sessions, the candidates for Mayor of your NYCIDY District will make a short presentation to share “WHY” they are running for this important office. Once they present to the district, you will be tasked with submitting a digital ballot to decide who will be your Mayor. This ballot will be submitted by Monday, July 25th.

Early voting will start on Friday, July 22nd.

What Do You really Need?

Take a minute to consider how many times a day you are thinking about everything you need in your life. Note – not want. Consider the things you need. We all know that there is a difference because we’re pretty sure that while we want expensive things – we don’t necessarily need them.

Consider this – the things you want are usually informed by a “need” you are trying to fill. So if you want a fancy car, it might be because you are trying to fulfill the need to feel like you have achieved some status. Wild right?

Please spend some time with the videos below and better understand why we spend so much time trying to fulfill our needs as human beings.

Pro-Action Plan Step Week 3 (1 of 5):

What do you REALLY need?

Consider all you now know about your emotions and list the TWO needs that you find yourself most focused on in your life right now. Share these needs and why you feel you have them on your “My Intentions” Page.

Remember: you can choose any write your answers, or record an audio or video file to express your ideas.

Note: You will need to discuss your answers in our circles during our sessions together.

Tool ~ Systems Thinking Iceberg

For people to survive and thrive in world, we know how to understand the systems that we exist in. We all know that these systems do not work for everyone. We can improve and change much to create more equitable, fair, and just systems. If we want to feel inspired to live meaningful lives, we must find ways to reimagine the systems we live in.

Systems thinking is looking at the big picture of how different parts of a system interact with and influence one another. Systems thinking is also about defining a problem, forming a hypothesis, and building a model to enact a change regarding the problem.

Pro-Action Plan Step Week 3 (2 of 5):

What are your Mental Models? What are you seeing in the world?

Here are some example:

  • Event – people are being overtly rude on the buses and trains.
  • Event – Teens are painting graffiti on walls (stigma attached)
  • Event – younger folks are only using technology for social media/older folks are not tech savvy – (both are missing out on opportunities)
  • Event – the price of gas is going through the roof and so are bus/train fares – Engineering sector or public services sector

Then on the “My Tools” Page in your Pro-Action plan use the space provided to share how you move through down the iceberg.

Note: You will need to discuss your answers in our circles during our sessions together.

What’s Our Story? 

New Year – New NYCIDY – New Story!

So far, you and your fellow NYCID-izens have talked a lot about life and your personal stories. As we shift to exploring the sectors that make up our micro-society, we will begin to think about our collective story.

Your efforts in this section will ensure that the rubber meets the road. Each of you will have a lot of space this week to begin deciding how the city will be organized and what your mission will be.

You’ve already done your Mission or Why Statement, and now it’s time to ask yourself: what do you want to bring to the table to present to your team about your collective WHY?

Reminder – in order to make meaningful contributions to this team effort, you are going to need to be ready to do three things:

  • Consider Core Values
  • Consider a Mission
  • Consider a Slogan

If you recall how we did this last year, you can skip down to the Pro-Action Plan step and get right to the work. If you need a reminder – review the sites above, and then you’ll have everything you need to make your contributions.

Pro-Action Plan Step Week Three (3 of 5):

On Your NYCIDY Contributions Page – Complete all of the “Making Contributions” Steps.

Review each of the websites above and on your Pro-Action plan, catalogue the beliefs, statements, and slogans that stand out for you.

Note: You will need to discuss your answers in our circles during our sessions together.

Remember to Connect

As you move through the material and return to the site each time and as you move through your group sessions, remember to always begin with your check-in.

NYCID-Y Mission, Values, and Slogan

In your sessions this week, you will work together to decide on the language of your city. If you recall, this activity showed you have to interact with others and make decisions as a group.

We will use that same process to decide on the Mission, Beliefs and Values of our NYCID-Ys.

Remember on your Pro-Action plan you were asked to write down your ideas for your society’s mission, slogan, and values. You’ll need to make those contributions to the group for this exercise to be successful.

For Group Session

Career Zone – Explore More 

Time to do a bit more exploring on Career Zone to nail down the sector you will be focusing on.

Note – if you need to use the Ladder of Inference, consider the choice you will make!

Pro-Action Plan Step Week Three (4 of 5):

What is required is that you complete the following steps on Career Zone.

  • Complete Life Skills Task
  • Complete Abilities Task

Then on your “Career Journey” page on your Pro-Action Plan – Complete the steps!

Tool ~ Evocation Interviewing

Now that you have enough information to make a decision on the sector you will be exploring for the rest of the summer, you and your team are going to connect for another round of Evocation interviewing.

Pro-Action Plan Step Week Three (5 of 5):

Consider a time when you felt uncertain about a choice.

On your “Thought Experiment Page.”

As you begin to think about what you might share in your interview take some notes or write a small statement about you this time in your life and how you would describe it using your senses.

During your Group Sessions – you and your team will break out into small circles and conduct interviews. Take a peek at the task below to prepare for the interview!



What was Evocation Interviewing like for you?

Getting Into Focus

It is time to start putting it all together. In one of your sessions this week, each team member will let your instructor know which Sector you want to proceed with the the final three week.

Sector Focus

NYCID-Y Sector Focus Choices

First Sector of Interest(Required)
Second Sector of Interest(Required)

Circle Up – Sector Focus Choices

During this circle process, you will discuss make your contribution to the group by stating the sector you wish to explore.

Be prepared to have to make a few decisions to ensure that we have enough people in each of the sectors.

Sector Focused Budget Projects Explained

As you complete your research and exploration as an individual, let’s also take some time to look at what we will do next week as a team.

Here are copies of the Sector Focused Planning Document and the Sector Focus Presentation Rubric, which your instructor will review at the end of this week. You will use these documents in Week Four to make decisions and in week Five to execute your presentation.

The NYCID-Y Games Explained

In the final week, your NYCID-Y will produce a presentation that highlights all the fantastic work you all have done this summer. Your instructor will go over the NYCID-Y Games Event for Week Six in detail. Click below to see the steps you will follow to be ready for the event!