February 24, 2014
When we first started this project, our group was mainly thinking about Women’s voting rights. We didn’t think about going in any further detail or expanding out research. As we started doing this, I found that we couldn’t be as creative or passionate about it as we could be. I wanted to go outside of the box on thinking about Women’s rights or just rights in general. For me, talking about peoples rights, equality, inequality etc. is something that I get very passionate about and something that is very important to address. As our team discussed how we could change things up, we found ourselves making post after post. When before we didn’t quite know what to do. We still talked about Women’s rights but then went into education rights, sex trafficking, racism, Gay rights, etc. Once we got a little creative we found that there were endless possibilities to what we could talk about, and we could not stop making posts!
As we dug further into research, we were finding different events and situations that happened in the past. When we read further into it, we started making connections to all of the current events that were going on during modern day, in the United States and overseas. We tend to think that all those terrible things that happened our just a part of our history and are over with, but when you really get to know your facts and think about it, a majority of those situations are still around and possibly getting worse. We made connections from women’s voting right’s into education rights. From Women’s rights in general to sexism/slavery. And from that we made connections into Gay rights. We made a great amount of connections from past events into modern day events in the United States and in 3rd world countries.
I believe that one of our biggest realizations was that we could expand on our research. That we could get extremely creative and passionate and not be bored with sticking to one topic. At first we all thought that we had to stick to our one specific topic and not move in any other direction with it. Which was limiting us on getting passionate and excited, which is a huge reason why we are doing this is to use that passion to inform and inspire others. Once we got creative and started digging further in research we found that passion and figured out how many topics we could actually cover that were related to it. We came up with post after post!
For me, I find a huge passion and heart for helping people in general. To be more specific, I am very interested bullying, education rights, sex trafficking and on the line of people being completely treated unfairly. To where people don’t even know who they are anymore and think that they have no purpose other than to follow what other people say or because they don’t know how to get help. I would go further in research on different modern day events that are going on that most people (mostly in the United States) know nothing about. Using my resources and using the passion that I have, I believe I could write so much and inform many people on these types of situations.
There are many differences between curating and collecting research. Curating you are using heart. You use emotion and find passion to do that certain job or write about that certain topic in this case. Using all of that passion, emotion, and excitement you use that in your work. When people look at it, or read it you want them to feel the passion that you have for it and know that you put your heart and creativity into it. On the other hand, when you are collecting research…you are just collection research. There is not really anything extremely special about it. Basically, you are just finding facts, or seeing what other people say about, using someone else’s passion and heart to just collect information to get what your doing good enough. You can collect information and still have passion for what your doing. But, for me curating is really digging deep and thinking about it, and collecting information is just sticking to the guide lines.
Our group did a great job with this project. We definitely dug deep in our information and came up with some really interesting topics. I do not see a lot of things that we did wrong, but at the very beginning of our project we definitely struggled with what to research and create a post about. We didn’t know what to do, we had this block in front of us that we didn’t know how to push away. From the very beginning we could have just opened up our minds and thoughts to go beyond instead of sticking to exactly what our topic was. We should have been more like curators and have been less on collecting information. Although, after we pushed that block away we began to think outside of the box and really think about all the things that we could do and we began to think more like curators and be curators.
I really wouldn’t change much on what we did. Like in the question above, I would just automatically start thinking outside of the box and not think that we had to stick to the exact same thing. Using your creativity, passion, and background knowledge can sometimes be the best thing that you can do. When people see that and notice it they are going to be blown away by all of your knowledge and heart for it. You always are going to want to follow what your doing, because you don’t want to go completely off topic, but you can always have fun with it and be creative.