My youngest son attends a really special little school - like a dozen kids per class kind of little. The play area for the school is one of the things that ultimately sold us on the place - There's a creek running through it, giant trees, an outdoor "theater" - up top there's a new basketball court bordered by a "poetry fence" (kids hang/rearrange wooden plaques with words painted on them) - it's unique. However, a plan is afoot to introduce a synthetic turf field for the kids to play safely on a uniform, softer, sanitized surface. (Gah!)
I organized my data on how microplastics from such a field will make their way to the creek, as well as the latest information about the bio-accumulation of toxic chemicals in our bodies over time. I put it all in my awesome paper-board binder (guidedproducts.com) - beautifully highlighted with my new pencil highlighters, and biked on over to the school's Focus Group Meeting.
I had this.
I spoke with the other parents, the board members, and the School Director about a range of school issues - it was all going so well.
Then it came time for me to weigh in on the astro-turf proposal. It did not go anything like version I had rehearsed in my head.
Instead, I played the part (rather convincingly) of the hysterical environmentalist. I went from rational and informed, to rattled and inflamed.
My take away is the need to recognize when a person, or a group of people want something, they're not going to be keen on "highlighted data" that is contrary to what they want and believe
What I SHOULD have done, is have the beautifully highlighted data as backup - I could have done a cursory mention of the risks, and then put my enthusiasm and can-do attitude into presenting an alternative.
Duh. Time to reset, and work on the positive, attractive alternatives.
I've got this.