Promethean Community will be designing and implementing a series of workshops to support Serve DC- The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism - AmeriCorps Development Series. The first one was on January 29th on “Giving and Getting Support for a Lifetime of Service”. The second one will be in February and it will focus on supporting AmeriCorps members in thinking about life after their year of service. The last one will focus on mental health and wellness early in the Spring.
In Spring 2014, Promethean Community is partnering with Design Thinking Source, and Appleby & Associates to organize a Design Thinking bootcamp that will support OAR - Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc. in creating prototypes that will help OAR design programs aligned with the needs of community partners so that they can better serve returning citizens. The Design Thinking bootcamp will not only innovate around many difficult challenge that returning citizens face, but it will also serve as an awareness raising campaign.
Coming soon! Promethean Community has partnered with Net Map tool box, to help their already powerful "Influence Mapping of Social Networks" integrate experiential approaches in their mapping process. We have been creating and testing prototypes, and hope to be able to bring this powerful tool to the public in 2014. The tool can be used for stakeholder civic engagement, mapping and analysis, organizational change, organizing and creating strategies for social justice initiatives, as well as many other ways. Contact Andres Marquez-Lara or Dr. Eva Schiffer if you would like to learn more.
Recently Completed Projects
"Using Improv to enhance our empathic communication" (Completed Winter 2014). Promethean Community led an experiential workshop with a group of passionate and creative local DC Metro area residents where we used improv as a way to explore our empathy and how we communicate with each other. We used a combination of exercises from Boal's "Arsenal" of games from Theater of the Oppressed and other acting games.
"Supporting the creation of strength based perspectives through performance" (Completed Fall 2013) - Promethean Community led an experiential workshop for the Program in Excellence for Municipal Management (PEMM) for the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL). The workshop supported team building by having participants explore their individuals and collective strengths through performance. We used the strengths from the VIA Inventory of Strengths and had participants embody their strengths, and then as a team create a team logo and name that built on their collective strengths.
Communal Table Discussion at Eatonville Restaurant (Fall 2013) - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community spoke about the work that Promethean Community LLC does in a table discussion at Eatonville Restaurant with other local entrepreneurs and creative people.
How media can promote empathy and altruism - Media Rise Festival (Completed Fall 2013) Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community participated in a panel discussion on the potential for media to promote empathy and altruism at the Media Rise Festival. He shared the story of one of the workshops Promethean Community co-created with the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) and Stoddert Terrace-Fort Dupont residents. See the presentation here. Read more about the workshop here.
Interactive Performance to combat mental illness stigma (Completed Fall 2013) - Promethean Community designed an interactive performance at "A Call to Action for Parents, Caregivers, Youth and Children" an event organized by Total Family Care Coalition to engage in a conversation about creating mental health solutions. The improvisational performance was co-created by the participants to share their stories and feelings about the mental health system, and get a chance to see it enacted on stage by professional actors. The performance was a way to have a dialogue about how to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. Some of the words that the audienced used to describe the performance: "Empowering", "Insightful", and "Creative".
The social lab of applied improv - Radio Interview (Completed Summer 2013)- Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community, was interviewed in "Behind the Mind Radio". He talked about the relationship between performance and development, the use of applied improv in business settings, and the parallels between design thinking and improv. You can listen to the archived show here.
Improv games with Miriam's Kitchen's guests and staff (Completed Spring 2013) - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community, led an improv session with guests and staff at Miriam's Studio, a program that is part of Miriam's Kitchen. They are a wonderful non-profit in Washington, D.C. that is committed and working towards ending chronic homelessness. After a series of warm ups, the group was split into two smaller groups. Then, each group learned an improv game that they taught the other group. Everyone was engaged, and created some hilarious scenes. We'll be back to play with them for sure!