My name is Tripti Mehta, and I am a Biology teacher with Sanskriti School, India. I teach Middle and Senior School students.
I want to share my experience from Skillshare with you, from my perspective as one of the 11 participants from India.
We were made to appreciate that as educators we can play a vital role in conveying the information regarding the means to slow down the impact of climate change.
Our work place and the immediate communities give us the comfort of structure and routine. I think that we limit ourselves to function only in specific ways, not realising that there are even simpler methods which can be adopted to put our views across to people.
I think the most interesting and effective way to put our views across is by telling our story – the story of how we got to this point, and what we want to achieve in the future. The flow and connectivity of storytelling makes it interesting for the listener. It compels people to align with our thought process - a process we normally do most of the time. A story that has a clear objective and vision of what we want to achieve has most impact.
At my community level, there are several people of different age groups, who are involved in multiple activities such as spiritual talks, prayer groups and yoga sessions. Story telling in such groups can easily be implemented, where people come with an open mind and are likely to benefit and also spread the information further on.
I encourage everybody to start telling their story, to as many people as they can.
The Skillshare included workshops on Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us and Now. This work was originally adapted from the works of Marshall Ganz of Harvard University.