Working Groups

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." --Leonardo da Vinci
Working Groups are three (3) sessions, totalling about 3.5  hours, facilitated by you! Working Groups are focused on understanding a problem or theme, engaging with it through participatory activities and discussions, and collaboratively designing possible solutions or conclusions.
Themes for working groups are diverse, and don't have to be solely scholarship- or activism-based, though both are welcome. (Many students have used thesis and course projects as inspiration for their Working Groups, and gained valuable feedback from them.) 
To apply to run a Working Group, click here!
We don't expect a fully-fledged idea yet, and we're glad to help you develop it to make the best Working Group you can!
A few guidelines:
The first introduction session should introduce participants to each other and the topic. We recommend aiming for an ELI5-style intro, and asking participants to share what motivated them to choose your Working Group. 
The participatory second session should be a more in-depth and activity/discussion-based exploration, helping integrate conference content and participants' expertise/experiences around your topic/problem/question. Successful participatory activities have included large-scale mind mapping, a model UN simulation, and many more!
The third and final design session should involve you and participants collaboratively developing concrete possibilities for solutions/growth/implementable change. 


"Ideas Start Here" -University of Waterloo

Roundtables will link two sessions: the Info Blitz on Saturday, and the Breakout Discussions on Sunday.

If you're interested in being a part of something academic at C2C, but don't want to commit to facilitating a Working Group, Roundtables are right for you!

For the Info Blitz, you'll give a brief overview of the topic or problem you're interested in, why it's interesting, and how you'd like to go about solving it. From there, participants will choose what topics interest them the most, and be sorted into groups for Sunday's activity. 

During the Breakout Discussions, you'll facilitate a half-hour brainstorming and evaluation session, focused on exploring concrete possibilities surrounding your topic or problem. How you do so is up to you!

Think you want to run a Roundtable? Click here!

A few guidelines: 

Before presenting, make sure you understand the problem. This means you can explain the relevant information in a few short sentences, and ask meaningful questions that can spark productive and constructive discussion.

Make your problem/topic real and concrete! Explain how it's connected to the "real world", and what impacts potential solutions could have.

Skill Sessions

The creative act always requires a stepping back. It's called the incubation period. The incubation period -- one of the four phases of creativity -- is when you're not consciously thinking of a problem, and you're letting it marinate. -Eric Weiner

Skill Sessions are usually run by a mix of C2C attendees and interesting people from the host community.

During the 45-minute Skill Sessions, participants get to expose themselves to new skills and areas of interest; anything from juggling, to meditation, to beatboxing and beyond are welcome!

Have a skill you want to share? Click here!
A note on equipment:
Ideally, we'd prefer you bring anything you'd need to run the skill session with you, but we understand that it isn't always possible. If there is any special equipment you won't be able to bring, or space requirements, please let us know as soon as possible through the form above or email: ness.lamont [at] edu(dot)uwaterloo(dot)ca.