Intergenerational learning is often seen as a lofty goal of many programs that engage various communities. Sometimes the idea is to bring families together to work on a project, or to foster stronger relationships between elders and youth in a neighborhood.
Our launch event at West Oak Lane Library was a great example of jumping into intergenerational learning without fretting too much about how it was going to work or if we could create an intergenerational learning moment in the first place.
First, we got our gathered participants brainstorming to a prompt of "What do you want to tell Philly? The world?" on post-it notes. The prompt was broad enough that the younger children could share that they want the world to know about Minecraft and older member of the community to reflect on what they have to share as experts and professionals.
After a brief tutorial on our chosen video editing app, we got the larger group broken down into groups of about three or four just based on where people were sitting. Luckily, the groups ended up mixed by age and experience with video production. We had a great time interviewing each other, and making sense of the editing timeline.
It's always interesting to see where sparks of inspiration come up and how naturally brainstorming begins once the possibilities of making videos becomes tangible and accessible. Participants wanted to make screen captures of video games, take a long shots along Germantown Avenue to document how the neighborhoods shift, and interview immigrants from West Africa now in West Philadelphia.