This Sunday, March 6 the DO School brought together NYC university students participating in our Innovate NYC program for Gathering #3. The agenda for the day emphasized the development of the students’ social innovation and changemaking skills – working their way through the DO School Method to ensure they are fully prepared for the Shared Resource Challenge being given by New York City Economic Development Corporation coming this June.
The emphasis of the day made the opportunities for engaging 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival unmistakable. The #thatsgenius ethos of the 7 Days festival enabled us to bring in special guests like Shana Dressler, Director at Google’s 30 Weeks, to share lessons and insights with the students, as they worked their way through a “NewWater” challenge – getting NYC community members to think differently about where their water is sourced.
As New York City’s first experiential education program bringing together students from across such a broad range of schools,[i] Innovate NYC will build upon the strength of the diverse backgrounds of its students to both deliver on the Shared Resource Challenge while also teaching them universally valuable skills in a truly tangible way. Special thanks to Conscious Company Magazine for providing support by making a year’s worth of issues available to the students at our gathering.
After a great day at 30 Weeks and working towards our #thatsgenius result the DO School is excited to look to next Monday, when our Berlin campus opening & pitch night will be one of the final events for the 7 Days of Genius festival. Our Innovate NYC students meanwhile will enjoy their spring breaks before reconvening in April for our next chapter.
[i]  Students are participating from the following NYC universities: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, The New School, & New York University.