You can use this version of The Week at your university or high school!
Right now, it’s being used in classes, by student organizations, and sustainability offices all over the world to spark powerful conversations about the climate, and what we can do about it.
Organize your own session with friends, students, professors or staff!
The essence is: “Meet 3 times, with the same group, within a week”.
You meet for 90 minutes: 60 minutes of film + 30 minutes of conversations (or more if you want).
We hear you! Students & staff are some of the busiest people we know - so we’ve thought of several ways you can fit The Week into your schedule.
One way is to organize a hybrid experience. If it’s hard to meet in person three times throughout one week, you can organize some of the episodes online, and some in person! This is what Elizabeth Demacopoulos did at Fordham University, by organizing a potluck dinner with students for the first episode, and doing the next two online.
If you’re a teacher and you want to organize The Week with your students - you could also have students organize their own groups outside of class time. We’ve had several professors around the world do this.
There also have been groups that have done The Week one episode per week. But just keep in mind: it's coming together 3 times within a few days that turns The Week into a powerful experience. If the episodes are too spread out, the content of the movies won’t be as fresh, and it will be harder to remember the emotions felt, and what your group members shared in the previous conversation.
We promise, it’s super simple! Once you sign up to organize a group, we’ll send you an email right away with all the details, including sample invitations that you can use to invite others.
If you’re an organization putting together a more public screening and you want to share on your social media that you’re organizing The Week - we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a social media kit with ready-made graphics and captions to save you the time.
Many different ways! One of the beauties of the experience is being able to adapt it to your own context. And that’s true for students, staff, and teachers. Take Ursula Stenger at the University of Cologne, Germany, for example. As an optional assignment, she asked her class of 380 students to organize their own screening of The Week, which led to more than 90+ screenings!
Or there’s Tina Bessias at Durham Academy in North Carolina, who used The Week to get teachers, top-level administrators, parents, and students talking about how they can implement a school-wide focus on sustainability. If you’d like, you can hear directly from Tina and Ursula in this webinar we hosted in November.
There’s also student organizations, like the Environment Justice group at The New School in New York. They organized a screening of The Week with students and cafeteria staff, to jumpstart a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic in their college’s cafeteria. Along with the added benefit of getting more students involved in their future actions!
Sky’s the limit, and we’d be happy to hear your ideas of how you want to organize a screening! Feel free to contact John for this, or if you need any advice.
Don’t overthink it. You can get the first group together, say it’s a test and try it out, before potentially inviting more people. If you organize several groups in parallel, sign up each group separately. We'll send you unique links to the films for every group so your groups don’t get mixed up.