Toolkit for Adults

Goal of this project:

  • To cultivate awareness about, and appreciation for, individuals around the world who have contributed to meeting the physical, and spiritual needs of humanity through their work.
  • To develop a library of short biographies focusing on a person's work and the various paths that led to that individual's current chosen work.
  • To help students develop the desire and the ability to write their own biographies of people they encounter who have supported fundamental human needs.

You may contribute your own story, or interview others and contribute theirs.

What you will contribute:   

  • Answers to interview questions about your life and work;
  • Photographs of your childhood, significant life and work events, tools or equipment used, your work process, etc.

As you answer the questions, feel free to add anecdotes, your own reflections and insight to the facts. The biographies will be of interest to elementary-age children, who will gain a deeper awareness of, and appreciation for, working people from every region of the world. Although the primary audience will most likely be school-age children, consider this to be a general conversation; do not hold back from using specific professional language. Express yourself as you would to a friend. 

Privacy: On the final biography for the website, full names will not be used, only first name and first initial of last name. The location will be broad, e.g., California, USA. 

We are grateful for your time in collaborating and connecting with the children who will use this website. This, we hope, will encourage world community, and pave the way for greater understanding across borders and cultures.  

Steps in the process:

1.    Read through the Key Questions. Consider as well the following points:

Progression/regression.  Look for a steady refining of the person's character or work, an improvement over time, leading up to a defining event that shows how far the person has come

  • Cycles: there may be situations that repeat themselves in a person's life; this cycle may repeat itself throughout a significant portion of the person's life (maybe signifying a phase) and at some point, the person might "break the cycle." 
  • Turning points:  What are the moments in the subject's life when his/her direction changed dramatically? These moments may mark the point at which a pattern changes; a new phase begins, progression may become regression (or vice versa); a cycle ends, or a new one starts. 

2.    Read a few of the sample biographies on the website, noting the language used and how they are illustrated.  

3.    Collect photographs to go along with key elements of the story.

4.     Sign the online consent form, or have your subject do so.

5.    Complete the Key Questions and other information.

6.    Submit answers and photographs.

7.    Check back when we notify you that your story is up on the website and see how it turned out!

Key Questions