Kinetic Conference Scheduled for Winter 2015
Kinetic is excited to announce plans for a two-day conference planned for January 18th and 19th. Distinguished professionals and Williams alumni in pertinent fields like social entrepreneurship and urban development have been invited to give hour-long “Spark Talks”. Further discussion concerning these talks will be led by members of Kinetic, using the Kinetic solution design process. In addition Kinetic plans to invite students in similar organizations at other colleges and recent graduates to lead workshops. Both professors and students are encouraged to attend!
Written by Chris Wayland
Since its inception in January 2013, Kinetic has expanded from 3 to 8 issue groups, with a 400% increase in membership. It is now the second largest student group after the Williams Outing Club. Kinetic seeks to form a new generation of problem-solvers to create large scale changes, both in their local communities and around the world. The organization’s overarching goal is to create a strong and replicable model that will expand to college campuses around the country.
Written by Alice Rossignol
Kinetic Adds Its Unique Voice to Claiming Williams
For this February’s Williams’ 2014 Claiming Williams Day, Kinetic hosted an event consistent with the day’s larger goal of sparking discussions to find solutions for student identified areas for campus improvement. While Kinetic does not usually focus on Williams-specific issues, this was an excellent opportunity to share the organization’s process with the rest of the campus. This year, the event’s theme was “Breaking Ground, Cultivating Change”. After a short introduction to the organization’s methods and values, students split into small groups to problem solve, Kinetic-style. Using creative brainstorming and innovative thinking, students discussed potential solutions for problems at that concern Williams students including a lack of political involvement, the social divide between athletes and non-athletes, economic hardships not covered by financial aid, and others. The idea-generating nature of Kinetic’s group-thinking approach allowed the groups to fill hundreds of bright sticky notes with exciting ideas, and encouraging the students who attended the event to take action for positive change, either within Kinetic or independently. The day also gave community members an inside look at Kinetic methods, recruiting students whose attitudes and aspirations fall in line with organization’s goals. Solution-oriented thinking proved a positive contribution to the days conversations, leaving students with a way of effectively changing the things that make them frustrated or concerned.
Written by Olivia Larsen
After Year One, Kinetic Refines Governance Model
Kinetic has made many adaptations to the organizational structure of its leadership in the past year in order to run more efficiently. The Co-Leadership Team meets bi-weekly to discuss strategies for improving group dynamics and effectiveness in issue groups. An executive team was instituted to train new leaders and ensure co-leaders adequate support in managing issue groups.The Executive Team tries to handle Kinetic’s organizational goals in order to let the co-leaders focus on subgroups, their design phases, and how they will implement these plans. The addition of this team and other essential organs to support the greater organizational structure have been very helpful for monitoring progress towards group goals.
Written by Kevin Hernandez
The dynamics of any successful organization depend on the synergy of the individual members, and Kinetic is no exception. On a chilly afternoon in spring, the various groups from Kinetic gathered together and performed various team building exercises that included icebreakers and a scavenger hunt that could only be described as “unconventional.” While not related to any of the projects currently in development, this event helped create intragroup and intergroup camaraderie, something Kinetic views as essential to stimulating productivity and creativity.
Written by Olivia Larsen
Photo by Meghana Vunnamadala