Filed under: Justice + Outreach, Society + Media | Tags: blue collar, communication, Community, constituency, engagement, labor, nobody's perfect, point-of-entry, resonate
Have you ever heard of air rights? It’s the ownership of the air above a property… (so you can or cannot build on top of it). Strange concept, huh? Owning the thin air above a house or building?
Now I don’t know if, all of a sudden, a lot of people were talking about air rights or if suddenly, my eyes and ears were open to the phrase and I just began to hear it where I didn’t, or couldn’t before.
Since this course began, I’m finding I’m having a lot of “air rights moments.” I’m seeing and hearing things that I didn’t, and things are resonating with me in an entirely new way.
Having the opportunity to work on the CEP service-learning project, I’ve been able to explore the challenges and the excitement of trying to find the (just) right point-of-entry to engage our assigned constituency, the labor community. While this isn’t an easy task, my group and I have developed, what I think, are some great ways to start a conversation with members of the blue-collar community.
While I don’t assume that anyone in our constituency needs to have their own “air rights moment,” I do think that some people might feel disconnected from the current discourse and finding the right point-of-entry is a great way to start communicating.
My point-of-entry happened to be “nobody’s perfect.” For me, realizing this means that I don’t have to try to be flawless; I can do what I can do. And you know what? I am.
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