D3@PSP: Nearing the finish line

In light of the tragic events in Boston on Monday, our teens spent a fair amount of time reflecting on injustices this week. This conversation flourished into personal stories that seemed to fit right into the session’s therapeutic atmosphere. As we folded cranes and played our games, teens shared stories about their families, injustices in their own lives and what they hope for their future. We as facilitators were taken back by the sensitivity and empathy the teens shared not only towards Boston but toward each other. PSP is a really special place because it allows for the teens to all be on an even field, giving way for some really great support.

This week’s progress felt like it was on overdrive, 7-9 teens per session and we’ve come within about 30 cranes to the finish line! On Tuesday, the teens created our longest construction line yet, 8 people long, and powered through until we ran out of paper to fold! We spent Wednesday celebrating the many weeks of tedious folding by playing games, talking about future D3 projects/ideas and enjoying some music. Next week will bring installation talks with the maintenance staff and attaching the string to the cranes. PSP’s maintenance staff is taking reign of the physical installation due to policy, so we are just a few sessions away from handing this off!
Emily + Beau

Categories: do it, people serving people


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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