What Happened at HELIO in 9 Days?
Participants cultivated skills that accelerate their ability to bring social impact ideas to life by exploring the environmental, economic, social and educational contours of Osakimijima, Japan.
During the field experience participants worked in cross cultural teams to co-design and develop ideas connected to re-imagining the future of global and local education and ecological systems. Field participants also had the option to continue learning in the 2016 DSIL Virtual Classroom and qualify for a certificate granted by the CEE at the UN University for Peace and Conflict Studies.
POWERFUL WORKSHOPS + TRAINING
Sharpen transferable skills that matter
Within the span of 9 field immersion days participants were trained on the principals of Human-Centered Design, innovation, facilitation, and project design. The week culminated with a with a final 'pitch' in teams that could be implemented in the real world.
DYNAMIC CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Share experience, passion and stories
Participants were considered both students and teachers across the week- they had the opportunity to speak at 'Stories Night', share aspects of their home culture and skills during 'Pop Up Workshops'. Visits out included exploring one of the oldest Zen Temples in Japan and trips to the shore.
HANDS ON FIELD IMMERSIONS
Get to know the grassroots
Participants discovered first hand various Seto Inland Sea development challenges while investigating sustainable development opportunities on the ground. Contextual Understanding was expedited by interactions with partners from the local community, academia, and social impact leaders.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL INNOVATION
Dig deep into systems of 'self' and the world
Mornings opened with a daily practice of intention setting, and intentional community building emerged through out the week. Participants had moments dedicated to reflection and the chance to re-imagine the complexities of the world by reframing challenge as opportunity.