Let's Talk Sustainability

Let's Talk Sustainability was a youth development program that supported high school youth to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids Youth Leaders produced a talk show, featuring live interviews with STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and audience activities. This talk show was filmed before a live studio audience within the virtual world of Second Life, and was archived online with related educational resources for a broader audience. Let's Talk Sustainability was made possible with support from the American Honda Foundation.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Upcoming (and final) Shows! 

Let's Talk Sustainability is a youth-run talk show that supports teens to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids youth in New York City combined this expertise to produce talk shows that will feature interviews with STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and audience activities. Each show is designed to introduce audiences to what they can do to live in a more sustainable world.

Join us as audience members for our last two shows! Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Shows:
Climate Change - What is the science of climate change? Are there solutions to climate change that we can take action on now, or is it too late?

Electronic Waste - What is e-waste and why is it the United States' biggest export? What are the global consequences of e-waste, particularly for developing countries?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Climate Change: 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Electronic Waste: 5:30pm - 6:00pm EST

Second Life Location: New Media Consortium Convention Center http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NMC%20Conference%20Center/201/29/48

Global Kids Present in Second Life 

The New Media Consortium posted a synopsis of the first episode of Global Kids' Let's Talk Sustainability. Check it out below!

Recently a group called Global Kids met up in Second Life to produce and take part in a virtual world talk show called “Let’s Talk Sustainability.”

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In the first episode, Global Kids teen leaders gathered in Second Life to share a video clip from The Meatrix, as well as a slideshow describing the production of a fast food product. They discussed the video and slideshow and shared a game where audience members were able to participate and express their opinions on different food issues.

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The avatar Cicero Kit, a.k.a Jennifer Dolan, an adjunct instructor for communications at Rasmussen College, was the featured guest in Second Life. She shared with the audience how to eat healthily, how to locate organic and sustainable foods within their local communities, and how to stretch the grocery dollar during tough economic times. Some other topics Cicero spoke of were tap water vs.bottled water, and eating organically and healthily as a vegan.

LTS Food Justice Show - Full Video 

On October 28, 2011, Global Kids Youth Leaders in New York City ran a talk show about sustainability in the virtual world of Second Life. The program, called Let’s Talk Sustainability, supported high school youth to develop expertise in sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. You can read more about the program here.

Upcoming show dates will be posted on this blog.

The full video of the Food Justice talk show is below. We are also developing an Educator Site that will include three lesson plans for each topic the youth chose - food justice, climate change, and electronic waste - as well as the full videos of each shows with accompanying worksheets. The site link is: http://ltsglobalkids.org. Please check back as it is being continually updated.

Special thanks to Pooky Media, the American Museum of Natural History, Cicero Kit a.k.a Jennifer Dolan, and the New Media Consortium for making the show possible!

For additional posts about our show, you can check out the New Media Consortium’s Blog and Betterverse, a blog about non-profits in the virtual world.

Let's Talk Sustainability: Upcoming Show on Food Production! 

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Let's Talk Sustainability is a youth-run talk show that supports teens to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids youth in New York City combined this expertise to produce talk shows that will feature interviews with STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and audience activities. Each show is designed to introduce audiences to what they can do to live in a more sustainable world.

Join us as audience members as we test our first show! Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming Show:

Food Production - Youth will examine food justice issues as well as factory farming and its effect on our environment.

Friday, October 28, 2011
4:30pm EST

Location: New Media Consortium Convention Center http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NMC%20Conference%20Center/201/29/48

To participate as audience members, please fill out this simple form so we can get to know our audience better: http://tinyurl.com/68ozchq

Let's Talk Sustainability Wrap Up 

DSC00964.JPGTwo weeks ago was the conclusion of the first phase of Let’s Talk Sustainability, an intensive youth development program that supports high school youth to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids youth in New York City combined this expertise to produce talk shows that will feature live interviews with scientists and other STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and audience activities. This talk show will be a virtual talk show, filmed within the virtual world Second Life, and will be archived with downloadable materials that will be made available for a broader audience and classrooms around the world.

Let’s Talk Sustainability introduced Global Kids youth to a broad range of concepts related to the topic of sustainability including energy, urbanization, pollution, biodiversity, global warming, and food justice. Youth selected three subtopics to research and designed hour-long talk shows to address each one. Each show was designed to introduce youth audiences to what professionals are doing in these fields and showcase what youth can do to live in a more sustainable world.

Let's Talk Sustainability Video Reflections 

As we wrapped up Let's Talk Sustainability, our youth created short videos to reflect on their time spent in the five-week summer program. They were asked to introduce themselves, describe some of the highlights from the summer, and also mention what they want other teenagers to know about sustainability.

Below is Maria's video reflection and you can view the entire playlist here.

Final Day of Let's Talk Sustainability! 

Today was the final day of Let's Talk Sustainability! We started off the day with the group's favorite icebreaker: the Human Knot. Afterwards, students added their finishing touches to their talk show. To edit videos, they've learned how to use iMovie fairly quickly. Other youth finalized their scripts, created slideshows, and chose the music they want to use.

Afterwards, they finalized their outlines for the final two-minute video reflections to recap their five weeks in the program, and we recorded each student's reflection using a Flip camera. The youth had to not only recap their experience this summer, but also describe what they want other teenagers to know about sustainability.

After lunch, it was time for a closing activity in Second Life! The youth revisited a scavenger hunt game they placed in Week 3. They had to look for ten objects on Global Kids Island, which when clicked, would give them a question they had to answer. The questions they had to answer were based on the key terms and concepts they've learned throughout the program.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 19 

Participants in the program continued working in groups to complete the script for the talk show. Some groups were creating videos of their own that they will later use in their Second Life show. The Global Warming group started to film saving energy tips that will be inserted throughout their show. The E-waste group explored more ways to make the show engaging, and worked on putting the final touches to the script. The food production group went to the Farmer's Market in Union Square to film some of the footage that they needed to complete the script.

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In the afternoon they prepared a short summary for a final short two-minute video that they will record tomorrow and present to the rest of the program as a closing activity for the program.

In the afternoon, the Second Life activities continue by visiting a sim inspired around the theme of biodiversity. Then continued with practicing the talk show using voice and interviewing each other.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 18  

Students continued finalizing their scripts, interviewing people for their pre-produced videos, editing their videos, choosing music, and other details for their talk shows. The youth have each chosen elements of the talk show that they're the most interested in to work on (i.e. music, writing, Second Life set design, etc.) and are able to develop their expertise in that area of interest.

glimpses_2040_final_233_140.jpg In the afternoon, students went on a field trip to the Center for Architecture to visit their exhibit Glimpses, about New York and Amsterdam in the year 2040. The exhibit explores the long-term futures of both cities as they're affected by, "shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions and global economic patterns." The exhibit focused on each city's plan on creating sustainable urban environments.