Culture Hacking Re-Visited

The topic of culture hacking has floated around in my thoughts and the blogosphere lately: I blogged previously about the E-Kudos Project Mr. B and I were interested in. Unfortunately, the screens are not up and running yet, so that must be jumpstarted first. Also, Ms. D has begun a culture hack on smiling to everyone. Now, I have another idea generated from something Mr. B was talking to me about.

What if an announcement was made that the lunchroom was going to be positively segregated? Before you freak out, let me explain. Students and teachers would be asked to sit at certain tables according to their shirt color, for example. This would force (for want of a better word) people who wouldn’t normally see each other, to talk together. It would provide an opportunity for teachers and students to get to know each other better, as well as foster convo between students from different grades. But, the randomization and inclusion of teachers will prevent it from becoming too much like a dating service! Who knows, you might just find that you and senior have a lot of similar interests, or that, contrary to some negative perceptions, a teacher you never knew is more than willing to lend you a helping hand.

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2 thoughts on “Culture Hacking Re-Visited

  1. Tara,
    Very interesting idea. My one thought is that it might be hard to get people to move right as they are getting lunch. You’ll need to get them to think about this in advance. Here’s a different twist—there’s a really nice dining room off of the main dining room that doesn’t see much use. What about trying organize some sort of “take a teacher to lunch” deal, and the incentive for students and teachers doing that would be getting to eat in the Pressly Dining Room, and maybe there could even be special desserts or something there. The key would be that students (or groups of students) would invite their teachers in advance to the lunch.

    • I agree, but I was trying to avoid a specific student to teacher deal to prevent any and all awkwardness :-). The idea of another incentive such as a special dessert sounds good, but kinda contradicts the thesis of books like Drive, so I’m not sure as to how effective that would be…

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