PROFILES

Parent.co
http://www.parent.co/30-questions-to-ask-your-kid-instead-of-how-was-your-day/
“A digital publication for people who are as curious about the world as they are committed to raising great kids.”
“Parenting is the most important thing I’ve ever done with my life” –Founder
“We’re building a voice here…speaking to parents but as people”
“Everything is tied up in parenting – we want to tackle the difficult subjects that all parents face… having a conversation about these things”
“For all parentkind”
Over 100 writers contributing

Let’s Talk
http://www.letstalksls.com/resource-library/autism/teaching-child-ask-questions-0 *
Raleigh, NC
Speech Language Therapy: kids with speech difficulty, specifically autism.
Matching therapists with kids with speech disabilities
Behavioral intervention
Training for parents and professionals
Online resources for parents/professionals: *blog

Sandbox Learning
http://www.sandbox-learning.com/Default.asp?Page=181
“Sandbox Learning is built around the philosophy of a traditional Sandbox; a fun, creative, community learning environment… We create cost effective tools that are easy to print and use.”
Resources for parents and professionals

Edutopia
https://www.edutopia.org/topic/inquiry-based-learning
“A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.”

Business Training Works
https://www.businesstrainingworks.com/course-outlines/communication-skills-training-course
Communications skills training for professionals: conferences, webinars, online courses, full, half, or multi-day training courses
Locations across the country, training available in almost every state, and around the world.

The Relationship Foundation
http://www.trf.net/?gclid=CjwKEAjwtNbABRCsqO7J0_uJxWYSJAAiVo5LeC6uqts7F9hyb6jQeJlmvoTW9b40QkWXfa3wImHCJRoC5hPw_wcB
Healthy Relationships 101
Resources: semester long curriculum for students, guidebook for organizations, book for anyone, semester long curriculum for students

Right Question Institute
http://rightquestion.org
non-profit
“Two-fold mission: To develop and disseminate innovative methods that all people – no matter their literacy or educational level – can use to advocate for themselves and participate more effectively in decision-making processes that affect them.
To promote the idea of Microdemocracy as a new starting point for democratic action.”
“RQI’s materials, trainings, web-based resources and consulting services provide a remarkably cost-effective way for organizations and public agencies to enhance and strengthen their on-going services and programs for people in their communities.”

 

MATRICES

 

CREATIVE BRIEF

What characteristics best describe your envisioned outcome?
I want my project to invite people to engage their curiosity and ask questions in a way that encourages the development of question-asking as skill

What makes your project unique?
I think I can create an interactive environment that gives people the rewarding experience of exploring something they find interesting for the sake of doing so.

Why do you believe your project will succeed?
I think my project can succeed because it will allow people to feel a little childlike again.

Who is your audience?
Although almost every one of the profiles I found targeted parents, teachers, and other professional adults, they did so in order to help them develop communication skills in young people. I would like to address caring for these skills as adults.

Elements my project must include:
Uncertainty – uncertainty breeds curiosity. The first step to asking a question is realizing there are things you do not know.
Choice – picking one of two curious objects to investigate is also an important step in engaging with my project.
Constraints – I like the idea that my project could force people to ask questions using other means besides speaking. I see my project being very interactive.

My project in a sentence:
Question-asking can be encouraged and developed by sparking curiosity and engaging the senses.

Main ideas my project needs to convey:
Question-asking is a valuable skill: gaining knowledge, trust/intimacy, likeability, etc.
This skill can be encouraged / discouraged based on the atmosphere: culture, time, and fear.
Developing your question-asking is worth overcoming social stigmas, busy-ness, and fear.

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