1. What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses as an intervener?
I like to think that I am a very good observer. I am very good at reading body language and things of the sort when I’m around others, which may come in handy in the future as I try to perform my own intervention. I think I have also improved my skills as a writer describing interventions over the course of the semester. Unfortunately, my knowledge of power interventions is still sub-par. I think this is because I just haven’t talked all that much about them over the course of the semester. In my final blog post I briefly talked about the power intervention taking place with Donald Sterling in the NBA and it was probably the hardest intervention I’ve talked about all semester. Hopefully with time I my knowledge of power interventions will continue to improve.
2. Which course assignments or experiences helped you the most to learn about interpersonal and social intervention? Which were the least helpful? Why?
Far and away the best assignment for me in this class was the main essay. The essay allowed me to look at a specific situation in detail and see all the different ways that Dave Grohl and others were intervening at Sound City. The essay was an amazing learning experience as I wrote both the rough copy and final draft. Honestly it was one of the coolest assignments I have ever done. My least favorite assignments were probably the in-class assignments. I felt our group was more focused on socializing than learning the material so I didn’t learn that much doing in-class assignments.
3. In what ways will the knowledge and skills learned in this course be useful or relevant (or not) to you in the future?
Well, as a concert promoter I will be acting as an intervener trying to shift the attention of my audience (concert goers) to my venue, but in terms of actually putting the concepts we’ve learned in class into action? It will never be practical, but it would definitely be fun. Until the Sound City paper, I figured I’d just forget everything I learned in this class once it was over. But now, I’ll probably still look at events in the music industry through the RSI lens on occasion. I guess you could say that there’s a symbolic need in me to use this material now because of the paper.
4. In what ways have your views of interpersonal and social intervention changed or not changed as a result of this course?
Well I had very limited views and beliefs on interpersonal and social interventions before this course, so in that sense you can say that they have changed quite a bit from the start of the semester. Now I have a way to interpret social interventions that I did not have previously because of this class.
5. What is your overall feeling about the RSI model? In other words, how relevant or useful is it to your own experience? How has learning about the model intervened (or not) in your life?
Well, writing about Sound City was definitely a need intervention in my own life as I realized just how interesting the act of looking at an intervention through the RSI model could be. Now I’m just wondering if there’s more. Can all the interpersonal and social interventions taking place in our world truly be summed up between three different kinds of interventions? What about something like love? I personally have very limited experience with it but would falling in love with someone be categorized as a need intervention? To me that seems too simple. Love is too complex a thing to just say that when we fall in love with someone we create a symbolic need to be with that person.There must be more in-depth explanation of it. Obviously I'm thinking out loud, but I am interested. Thanks to Sound City, I want to continue to use the RSI model because it is very interesting to do so.
Thank you for teaching me about the RSI model. I hope to continue to use it in the future!