Working Groups and Skill Sessions

Working Groups
Those attending the 2014 C2C Conference will participate in one of ten working groups.

Biomimicry: Inspire, Innovate, Initiate
Led by Victoria Woodhouse and Hollie McGee 

Biomimicry is the design and production of materials, structures, and systems modelled on biological entities and processes.  This group would like to explore the concept of biomimicry and its presence within science and nature, and foster critical and collaborative thinking that looks to nature and natural systems in order to create innovative solutions to current challenges across disciplines.


Ground Control to Major Tom: The Struggles of Scientific Communication and How the Arts Can Help
Led by Veronika Kratz and Nathalie Evans

There are many issues surrounding communication in the sciences and a potential solution to these issues is to look to the arts.  This group would like to discuss methods by which disciplines in the arts may improve scientific communication through the use of narrative conflicts as a framework.  Some examples include the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach, increased public engagement, and open discourse between science researchers.

Edward Snowden, the NSA and Anonymous: the truth behind surveillance in today’s technologically savvy society
Led by Payal Patel, Desiree D’Souza, Saurin Shah, Jessica Drozd, Victor Tang, Melissa Wells, and Matthew Satterthwaite

What’s the real deal behind Snowden’s revelations about the NSA? What is the NSA really up to and how are groups like WikiLeaks and Anonymous fighting back? This group will discuss how their surveillance program affects today’s international, globalized society and most importantly, you.


Communication and Bias
Led by Marina Orde  

Personal biases can affect communication in interdisciplinary problem solving; what we perceive as being irreconcilable differences from generalized experiences can be detrimental to creative problem solving.  This group will explore the origin and perpetuation of biases commonly found amongst students and apply divergent thinking to a task: how someone with very specialized knowledge in a particular field can communicate and collaborate with a technology specialist to develop an app.


Roots of Personality Disorders
Led by Jamie Vinken  

Personality disorders and mental illnesses stem from both hereditary and genetic differences, and environmental factors.  This group would like to explore how both of these factors contribute to the development of personality disorders and mental illnesses through discussion, activities, and viewing of a related documentary.


Led by Robert Gooding-Townsend  

Being observant is not innate and immutable, but rather a skill that can be learned and practiced.  In this working group, we will practice making observations, discuss theory and concepts related to observation, and explore a case study.  The goal of this group will be to develop more accurate small-scale beliefs about the world of observation.


Ending the War in the Classroom: How to Solve the Evolution Debate
Led by Chad Serels 

The way some people view the origin of life on earth and the evidence for evolution is shaped by their environment, by their community, and by their religious upbringing. This group will try to disentangle public debate over evolution from the “God debate” and try to approach this not in the (often ineffective) polemical, inflammatory presentation, to which we’ve grown accustom.  Emphasis will be placed on why this is an important issue, and exploring possible solutions to this enigma.


Planet of the Needy Greedy – Effective Communication and Co-operation
Led by Arianne Cohen, Esha Sharma, and Jocelyn Lynett

On a mysterious planet, which team will ultimately prevail?  How will YOU use effective communication and co-operation to survive on the Planet of the Needy Greedy?  Join this group the find out! Be prepared to get involved in a highly interactive game over the course of the weekend!


Cause-related Marketing: How Good Deeds May be Destroying the World
Led by Jessica Adams and Elizabeth Ratcliffe

Cause-related marketing is all around us; Tom’s Shoes, the “Red” campaign, and Ethos water are all examples of situations where the consumer believes that they are bettering the world, but in reality do more damage than good. This group will examine some NGOs that have made big promises (and whether or not they have followed through), and the implications of this interference. We will discuss the impact of these marketing strategies on aid development using a variety of well known case studies.  

 Views on the Origin of Poverty: How They Stop Us from Getting to the Root of the Problem
Led by Rashan Edwards and Jessica Furtado

The first definition you will find when you google poverty is: the state of being extremely poor. This is a poignant example of how oversimplified the issue of poverty is in our society. Poverty is relative and complex and therefore must be examined from a variety of different angles. Our working group will explore the numerous views on the origins of poverty and how it is necessary to look at all of these causes when working to eliminate the problem. A focus will be placed on the idea that everywhere an individual goes, they bring with them the hidden rules of the class in which they were raised which leads to both assumptions and elitist values.



Skill Sessions

Those attending the 2014 C2C Conference will participate in two skill sessions – one on Saturday, and another on Sunday.

Drawing – Bring a creative mind and a full heart to our drawing Skill Session, no prior experience necessary!

Improv – No one knows what could happen at Improv… Not even us!

Juggling – Ever wanted to run away to the circus?  Now’s your chance!

Origami – Think paper is only for writing on?  We beg to differ!  Come fold some neat paper things in the Origami Skill Session!

Quidditch – For all of you Harry Potter fans out there! If only Oliver Wood could join us.  Now THAT would be magic!

Music – Come jam with us!  Bring an instrument (or a few!) or even your voice! If not, we’ll have some available for you to try too!

Yoga – Zen out in yoga after a long day in your working group!