Mākarshop Examples

MĀKARSHOP EXAMPLES

Here are some Mākarshop samples that can engage and innovate your organization.


Grainger Inc is a Fortune 500 industrial supply company that serves more than 3 million customers worldwide.

Title: Atelophobia – How to Overcome the Fear of Not Being Good Enough to Maximize Our Full Potential Individually and as a Team.

Description: The session focused on workplace identity and how spoken word poetry can open up dialogue and empathy for others as a way to better understand one another’s challenges and how to work together more effectively as a team. Teams wrote group poems that addressed fear based thinking that prevents teams from performing at their best. We focused on re-writing the narratives of doubt into drafts of empowerment. Participants also wrote individual spoken word pieces that allowed them to open up about their identities outside the workplace and how they feel about having to suppress them once they clock-in.

Takeaways
Understanding Self and Co-Workers
Relieving Work Place Stress
Fostering Intentionality and Empathy
Curating Open Dialogue and Conversation Around Sensitive Topics 
Transforming Adversity and Vulnerability to Your Advantage


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries, with the purpose to elevate the HR profession. From its beginnings in 1948 with only 28 members, Chicago SHRM has grown into a thriving organization of over 800 members today.

Title: Your Emotions Are Your Employees (the remix)

Description: This Mākarshop focused on expressive communication skills to better manage workplace stress and using metaphors and personification to effectively communicate a message with precise language. Teams were given an assigned emotion that was personified in a workplace scenario and teams wrote their own spin on what the emotion did in the workplace as if it were a human being. This allowed participants to deeply reflect on how much control they have of their thoughts and emotions to better navigate sensitive workplace situations.

Takeaways
Strengthening Social and Emotional Intelligence
Activating Design Thinking and Meaning Interpretation Skills  
Exercising Conceptual Cognition and Imagination Skills
Understanding Self and Co-Workers
Simplifying and Reducing Your Message to Make It Memorable


Since its founding in 1945, the Roosevelt University mission has been to make higher education available to all students who qualify academically, regardless of their background.

Title: Teaching Is a Performance

Description: This Mākarshop focused on teaching educators how to incorporate spoken word performance techniques into teaching styles to engage students using a cross-interdisciplinary approach by treating the front of the classroom as a stage and students as the audience. Teachers wrote lesson plans in groups for math, history, and early childhood. Teachers then taught the class using spoken word poetry performance techniques such as metaphors, storytelling, and rap. Teachers also experimented with vocal techniques and body movements to convey their lesson plans in innovative fashion for students to better engage in the material.

Takeaways
Modernizing Communication To Engage Young and Diverse Audiences
Developing Engaging Public Speaking Skills
Simplifying and Reducing Your Message to Make It Memorable  
Learning Unique Storytelling Delivery Skills
Generating Creative Problem Solving Skills


College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) is an association for higher education HR professionals that provides resources to promote organizational and workforce excellence.

Title: Your Emotions Are Your Employees (original)

Description: This Mākarshop was the first of the Your Emotions Are Your Employees series. Focusing on three workplace scenarios, the session allowed teams to collaboratively express the changes they’d like to see in the workplace, how to effectively leverage skill sets to perform the best, and how to provide actionable feedback. This session ended with participants performing their spoken word pieces to relieve workplace stress. 30 of the pomes were published in the first ever human resource poetry zine, Mākarzine.

Takeaways
Creating Awareness of Team Culture Needs
Understanding Self and Co-Workers
Relieving Work Place Stress 
Curating Open Dialogue and Conversation Around Sensitive Topics
Sharpening Active Listening and Feedback Skills
Developing Engaging Public Speaking Skills


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