Design for Peace and ReGeneration Assignments

Alison Malisa
2021-2022 School Year
Social Sciences- High School
Designing for Peace Prosperity, Regeneration, and Wellbeing for All The Regenerative Design Challenge What skills do we need to design and co-create the world we want to live in? This is the question we will explore and attempt to answer together in a prosocial design process. Prosocial (the opposite of antisocial), focuses on the importance of diversity and divergent thinking to optimize our collective intelligence. The goals of the class include: addressing issues you care about, designing solutions toward measurable peace, prosperity, regeneration, and wellbeing for all, cultivating the life-affirming human qualities that describe well-being, learning the skills required to create the world our hearts know is possible.

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EXTRA CREDIT/ Make up for class on 10/18 in Google Classroom

EXTRA CREDIT/ Make up for class on 10/18

Dear students, 

For those who missed class on Monday morning, you are excused. For students who would like extra points, you can respond to these questions below. 

In the future, for those students who miss class, please be prepared to complete a short reading/writing assignment to make up points.  THANK YOU! 

In class, we discussed the interconnectedness and complexity.  We looked at the economic growth goal of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and discussed some of the main ways that economic growth is measured, and the limitations and complexities in those measures. 

We differentiated between complex and complicated, GNP and GDP, average vs. median per capita income, and mentioned briefly the emerging world of cryptocurrencies. 

For those who were absent, please read the Thich Nhat Hanh's essay on What is Interbeing? (Linked below.) 
-Respond in the chat:

*Why might adding the verb "to inter be" to our lexicon matter to our economy and culture going forward? 
How does economics reflect interbeing? How doesn't it (think of the interbeingness that is represented in a loaf of bread. What is included in the costs? What isn't included in the cost?) 

*Define and differentiate between:
- complex and complicated
-GNP vs. GDP
-Average vs. median per capita income


Week 8- Economic Measures in Google Classroom

Week 8- Economic Measures

Deep dive into Economic Measures and Alternatives

Hi team, this came out late AND is a super deep dive. This is not due until class on November 1.

Please post a discussion/your assessment about what you chose for both the traditional economic measure and the alternative one. Thank you!!  

Past Assignments


Week 7 in Google Classroom

Week 7

1.) Choose to explore 1 of the following: 
- Listen to the Indigeneity Conversations
-Read "Land Back" article, or
-Read one section of your choice from "Original Instructions" 
-What Western Society Can Learn from Indigenous Communities

Answer the following questions in the discussion thread below the assignment. Be prepared to discuss your topic in class. 

A. Summarize the value of what you learned. 
a. What problem is this addressing? 
b. What solutions is being proposed?
c. Who would be involved in the solution? 
d. Are there measures that can be implemented to know if the solution is working?
B. Does your topic mostly apply to Ecosystem Regeneration, Social Harmony, Community Prosperity, or Individual Wellbeing?  

2.) Check the Native-Land website and find where your home is. Explore another relative. Talk about it with someone in your family. Report back to the group how that goes.


Week 6: Economic Assumptions  in Google Classroom

Week 6: Economic Assumptions

Read and respond to the article. What are the economic assumptions being made here that you agree or disagree with? Support your response with evidence you've observed in the world. 
Consider how assumptions influence the actions we take. How do these assumptions influence economic design? 


Week 5- Scarcity and the Serviceberry in Google Classroom

Week 5- Scarcity and the Serviceberry

Read the essay: The Serviceberry, by Indigenous author and botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass. 

Answer the questions. 

*Note- the questions only pertain to the first part of the essay. We will read the second portion more in depth later.


Week 3 & 4- Nature Noticing, Noticing Self, and Envisioning a Shared Future in Google Classroom

Week 3 & 4- Nature Noticing, Noticing Self, and Envisioning a Shared Future

Noticing Nature, Noticing Our Best Selves, Envisioning the Future We Want

The importance of Noticing Nature as a Mindfulness PracticeThe importance of Self-Compassion and how to strengthen that skill
What is your vision for the school of the future!
How do we align on our economic purpose. If the purpose of the economy is to support the flourishing of all life, how can we design systems to be accountable toward those goals? 

Once complete, share in the chat for this assignment: 
1.) Did you find a sit spot?
2.) How would you describe wellbeing? What are measures of wellbeing that could be used in schools?


Week 2-Sense of Purpose in Google Classroom

Week 2-Sense of Purpose

I.  What is Forest Medicine? Review the article in order to answer:
The Japanese characters translate to Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Bathing in English. What are people actually bathing in? 
What meaning is left of the English that is communicated through the Japanese characters?
What are some of the benefits of forest bathing?
What implications does this have for public health? Other thoughts? 

II. What is the point? What is the purpose? Each question below is linked to a Google “Jamboard”. Click on the link to open a Jamboard, write a sticky note with your best short answer.

*You do not need to add your name to the post its. However, please message me privately that you did complete the assignment. (Links to the Jamboards are in the document linked below, open the doc to access Jamboard and post your responses!)
What is the purpose of Economics?   
What is the purpose of Government? 
What is the purpose of an Economics Class?
What is our class purpose? 
What is your personal purpose in this class? 
What is your personal sense of purpose right now in life?

*What does it mean to have a “sense of purpose” anyway? If you are struggling with some or all of these questions, wondering what purpose means, you may want to look at and perhaps even expand upon the definition of “purpose”.  (purpose: the reason for which something is done or creating or for which something exists.)  How then does that fit with the assessment of our ‘personal purpose’? Invite creativity. There are many factors that determine the simple decision to take this class, and perhaps it seems a bit much to ask about your purpose in life!! If you can simply agree to do your best. Describing a set of goals that you want to fulfill might be enough.


Week 1- The Four Agreements in Google Classroom

Week 1- The Four Agreements

1.) Please read the article summarizing the book The Four Agreements (11 min. read), reflect and answer the questions as best as you can.  

2.) Share your reflections on question #8 in the classroom discussion. Make at least one comment of support or compassionate curiosity on someone else's comment.

*What is compassionate curiosity? If you see something that you wonder about, it is great to ask! Asking with compassionate curiosity is acknowledging the innate intelligence and goodness of the other person with the goal of seeking to expand your own thinking, rather than attempting to "correct" the other person.