7 Capacities You Need to Change the World

Move into new domains, ask the right questions, observe. Bennington students and fellows share seven capacities that will help individuals shape a better world.

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How is building a chair like working in government? Where does a movement in music intersect with a social movement? Why does solving climate change involve more than the study of the environment? Bennington students describe the intersections.

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Field Work

During an annual seven-week internship period, called Field Work Term, Bennington students are able to bring their studies to the world, confronting the challenges of implementation firsthand and refining their questions to further shape their on-campus experiences.

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The First Fellows

  • An Internet pioneer.
  • A global health policy analyst.
  • The chief medical officer for the state of Tennessee.
  • A communications strategist.
  • The technology advisor to the mayor of Boston.
  • What brings them all to Bennington?

The College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action: CAPA.

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At Bennington, advancing public action means addressing three fundamental questions: What kind of world are we making? What kind of world should we be making? What kind of world can we be making?

That’s the idea behind CAPA. Through the Plan Process you draw on the full breadth of the Bennington curriculum as well as a range of interdisciplinary public action courses to examine the complex variables that define critical social issues, unpack key cross-cutting concepts, and hone the capacities needed to effect positive and lasting change. In the short term, the aim is to develop frameworks that can generate the most effective solutions to consequential problems; in the long term, it is to become capable of designing and implementing systemic change.

During Field Work Term, you bring your work to the world, confronting the challenges of implementation firsthand and refining your questions to further shape your on-campus experience.

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