Lynne Bemis and Linda B, Native American Cancer Research, from the University of Minnesota spoke about how they present the topics of cancer to the various native American groups they serve. They seek to energize people during their talks to get them moving their blood when people become bored.
The class participated in several of their techniques used during their discussions on cancer including: That’s Me, Warrior-Princess-Bear and an activity required the participants to engage the help of a group such as canoeing, looking for a horse.
Lynne discussed what makes us more creative and it requires working with someone you trust. Taking walks to get in fitness and talk think through a problem. Carry a pencil and paper pad. One needs to be in balance since working when angry or frustrated makes work difficult.
When teaching, focus on the learner not the self. Ask what can be done hands on and have no fear in trying things. Avoid anything that may be received as distasteful or disrespectful. Some idea bomb, just try something else or revise the original idea. Best to do an activity to get people involved.
Funding can be obtained from many of the SBIR or STTR offering at various Federal agencies. Phase 1 is the hardest hurdle to overcome of which only 17% of those proposals put forth are accepted and funded with $100k. Phase 2 are usually funded about 100% after a successful Phase 1. Obtaining information using the Freedom Of Information avenue (FOI) may take 3 months or more. Developing business plans appears to be the limiting factor in an application to these agencies.
Things that make people more creative:
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