Dawn of a New Era

Idea to Propell Students to Meaningful Action Becomes a Reality

Kinetic started with a big bang, the idea that Williams College should a have think tank dedicated to moving beyond idea generation to meaningful action. Armed with research and the hope of making a real difference, a group of sixteen freshmen set the development of Kinetic in motion in the winter of 2013. Together, they created an action-based philosophy that values empathy, in-depth understanding, and creative problem solving. The result was a space where individuals’ formerly nebulous passions aligned into the original three issue groups; Water, Hunger, and Energy. Each group was tasked with designing solutions for problems posed their respective topics.

These three groups gained momentum during the following semester. Actionable ideas were molded from the void of outlandish imaginations as the group developed a penchant for devising rational strategies from imaginative claims. Refined methods of brainstorming and collaboration allowed the groups to achieve positive results and elevated their critical thinking skills.

Since the formation of its inaugural groups, the universe of Kinetic has been continually expanding. Three groups became eight, membership swelled, and an executive team was established to direct Kinetic’s long term goals. At the end of its first year, Kinetic became a part of the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College, a connection that will allow them to continue to promote the organizations goals while making a significant contribution to the Williams Community. The future of Kinetic is bright, and the team plans to continue it’s stellar work for many years to come.

Written by Reidar Riveland

Another Year Stronger

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