Moment of Significance – What
Looking back, we have come to experience uncertainty in different stages of the project. At first, we were confused about what we had to do. After the orientation organized by Teya Stephens, our supervisor from Vancouver Coastal Health, we started to gradually understand how to work with the map and were given clearer directions. As shown on our moments of significant change workshop in our previous blogpost, while some of us gained confidence over the course of the project, there were some of us who felt lost and needed some more guidance. One moment of significant change that boosted our confidence as a group was the arrangement of 2 map trialling sessions after most of the updates of the Food Asset Map were complete.
During the map trialling stage, we initially visited Bridge Community Health Clinic in Vancouver and conducted surveys regarding whether the map was easy to understand and use, as well as to obtain feedback to further improve the map. Only 3 visitors completed the survey and we were recommended by our TA to obtain a larger sample of responses for a more meaningful statistical analysis. During our second trial at the UBC Nest, we obtained an additional of 10 responses.
Moment of Significance – So what
The implications of the 2 trials were significant for our project. Not only were the trial results extremely valuable for providing the foundation for our work later on, it also increased our understanding and confidence as a group collectively. The findings solidify the content of our final presentation, including our infographic, showcase and report, and directs us toward a proper project closure. When we were educating the public about our project goals, methods, and purpose, we were in fact educating ourselves and enhancing our own understanding towards the project. We felt a sense of satisfaction seeing our work pay off and seen by the community. Since the second trial was unexpected, we managed to increase our communication and collaboration through the generation of a to-do list, delegated tasks to each group member, familiarized ourselves with upcoming deadlines. We were more creative, exchanged our ideas more freely and frequently, and felt more comfortable reaching out for help when we need clarification. In a way, those disadvantageous moments actually benefited us.
Moment of Significance – Now what?
We have come to realize Tim Harford’s words that there are “unexpected advantages of having to cope with a little mess” (2016). With the upcoming development of our elevator pitch for the upcoming showcase presentation, infographics and final report before us, we are now better equipped for successful completion as a group. But a very good question to ask this point in time is will we “gain appreciation” for all the uncertainty we have experienced up to this point and in the future (Harford, 2016)? We need a change in attitude to see that, instead of viewing uncertainty as a barrier to success, it is a stepping stone offering many critical reflection and learning moments that help make our project better. Though uncertainty is unavoidable, we can strive for better communication and exchange of knowledge and concerns earlier on in the project. As the project draws to conclusion, we are thankful for the unique learning experience in LFS 350.
Harford, T.(2016). Tim Harford How Messy Problems Can Inspire Creativity. (Video file). Retrieved from https://youtu.be/aLoXx8qnb14