Small Ideas, Big Change

This week I'm at the MERIT program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, helping to lead 50 teachers through one of the best PD experiences. Yesterday, Lisa Highfill came and shared with us about the power of video. Lisa is the one who got me started with video, and I always love learning from her. 

Yesterday inspired a new playlist and lesson idea for me: 

Small Ideas, Big Change

If we think about it, some of the smallest ideas are those that spread the most happiness or change the most lives. For example, Lisa shared this video about the power of "eyebombing":

Small Idea, Big Change. Even though these people just added some eyes to some objects, it made all the difference. 

As I work with middle schoolers, I find that they often feel like they can't make a difference because they don't have the finances or because they can't drive or because adults don't want to learn from them. This is one of the main reasons I love the idea of amplifying student voices. Kids have some of the best ideas. I want to empower them to use those ideas, no matter how small. 

Or look at this video about the "Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables":

Small Idea, Big Change. So cool, huh? Come to find out, there's actually a Bay Area CSA that does this same thing: Imperfect Fruits. I just signed up for it, and I can't wait to see my ugly fruits & veggies! (Mention my name if you sign up; we'll both get a discount!)

Thank you to Imperfect Fruits for this photo! 

Thank you to Imperfect Fruits for this photo! 

Now I've been thinking about how I might use this with students. I think this Small Ideas, Big Change would be an awesome project to do with my students. Maybe I'll make it as a design thinking project after analyzing The Hunger Games as a dystopian novel. Or maybe I'll just make it its own thing. 

What videos would you add to the playlist? What novels or articles would you pair with it? How might we continue to empower students to use their ideas, no matter how small, to create big change in the world?