Looking back on Project ReCharge, I think that freedom and power are related because whoever is in power, determines how much freedom you have. For example, when we were learning about forms of government at the beginning of this unit, we learned about the different types of government, and who has power in each type. For example, in a dictatorship, the dictator of the nation has all the power and can make any decision he/she wants to at any time, and the citizens of that country don’t have much power or voice. But for a democracy, although there is the executive branch and a president, the people of that country are able to vote for decisions that need to be made. So in this case, the citizens of a nation have some power as well, as they get a say in decisions that need to be made.
Connecting back to our final topic in this unit regrading child labor, the owner of child laborers that are forced to work in the Ivory Coast and Ghana have all the power over these children. The child laborers have very little to no power at all especially because they’re children, and therefore they have no freedom. So people with the power are able to determine who has freedom. I also learned that power can come in different forms. For example, when you have many people protesting for something, you have power, because power can come in numbers. You can also have power in the form of force, and an example of this are dictators. Dictators usually have their power from military force. Another example that power can come in is wealth, where some people have more power over things or others because they are rich and wealthy.
During this unit, I also learned that when you are learning about a new topic or problem, you should always define the problem first. Making notices and asking questions first, and then trying to find answers to these questions would help you know more about this topic. After this, you would start doing research, making connections, and looking through different viewpoints that people have on the topic, so that you can understand this topic in a more in-depth level.
Something I also learned in this unit is that if you look at an issue through multiple perspectives, you are able to better understand the topic. This is because when you try to understand different people’s opinions on something, you are able to learn more and be able to further develop your own ideas as well. In class, we watched a video that says when you have a hunch, or the “seed” of an idea, you are able to develop that hunch when you share ideas with other people, or as the video put it, combining two hunches together. This shows that when you look through different lenses on a topic, you might develop your original idea and improve it, or you might even completely change your opinion on the issue, because someone has given you a completely new idea.
When you share ideas with each other, you can also strengthen your own idea, because other people might have questions about your perspective that you may not have the answer to. By answering these questions, you have a stronger argument for your opinion. An example of this during the unit is that we had to interview someone in the ISB community about their opinion on child labor in the ISB supply chain, and what they think we should do about it. We would then write an avatar page about their perspective on this issue, and a proposal that states what our character thinks ISB should do about it. My peers would then pose questions they had for our proposal. By answering these questions, we would have a better argument for our proposal, and if someone asked us these questions in the board meeting, we would be prepared with an answer for it.
Before this project, I didn’t think that seeing a problem from multiple perspectives would be important, because I thought you would have one argument and one opinion on something, and you would be arguing against another opinion. Now, I think that even if you don’t agree with another opinion, you should still try to understand why people think that, so that you can fully understand the issue and then solve it with information from all sides of the story. Overall, this unit was really fun, and I was able to learn a lot. Working with my group, looking at an issue through different viewpoints, and being my avatar in a board meeting was all a great experience.