Next Vista Inspiring Videos
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Spring ’23 NVIV Videos and Prompts
What We Don’t See – How can what we don't know prompt us to be kind?
Love and Sacrifice – What do you do when those you love need help?
The Joy of Discovery – How do you make learning amazing?
The Angles of Art – When does how art is made change how we see things?
Learning from an Elder – Some people can explain how they see the world, and some tell the stories of those who do.
Third Thumb Research – What might your brain do if you added another thumb to your hand? How would you tell the story of what you learned?
Seeing Challenges Within – How do you think of challenges in different settings?
Letting an Idea Take Off – Would you want a car that could fly?
Light and Ruins – How many different ways are there to tell the stories of history that you can think of?
A Fed Bear – When do the things we think are nice hurt others?
Sensing a Sand Crisis – Could we run out of sand?
Kickstarting a Business – If you were to start a business, what would you choose as its focus?
Doughing Good – Why might making a difference make us better?
The Stories of Heroes – Heroes inspire us. How do you share stories of your heroes?
Symbols and Walking – If you could choose to walk a really long way, would you? Why?
Access to the Right Tool – Is there a missing piece that, if you had, you could launch something big?
The Silent Dance – A performance in which the dancers can't hear the music, and the musicians can't see the dancers or conductor, can still be a model of excellence.
Dancing with Trash – How might one combine trash and dance?
Standing Up to Injustice – What does it mean to stand up for your beliefs?
What People Need – Could a vertical farm make a difference in your community?
Reasons and Assumptions – How can we figure out where our assumptions and others' reasons do and don't match?
Fall ’22 NVIV Videos and Prompts
Enjoying a Challenge – Have you been part of a team that brought joy to others through challenges?
Calling Cows – What is it that attracts us to others?
Sweet Time – Do you spend time on what is most important to you? Should you?
Places and Creative Processes – How might we exercise our creativity muscles?
A Lot of Love – How might different people see a story?
Valuing a Memory – What connects us to our memories?
Believing in Others – What does it mean to look past something?
Expanding the Audience – What are creative ways to share a message? How do you talk with others about the things you care about?
Halfway between a Drone and a Plane – Have you ever looked at things in a totally different way?
One Thing Leads to Another – If you build a successful subway system, what might happen as a result?
Boats, Not Cars – What makes your town different?
Songs of Learning – What drives you to want to learn something?
The Nature of Design – Can you build a better train by studying birds? Or create a better paint by thinking about shark skin?
3D-Printing Homes – What does a home cost? What if there were a radically different way to build one?
Connections Crossing Cultures – What are the little ways we can bring joy to others? Would spending a little time talking to someone make a difference?
Crazy Cool Costumes – Can a Halloween costume teach us something about turning a challenge into an advantage?
Animals as Teachers – There are so many forms of life. What have people in your community learned from them?
Spoons and Opportunities – Why can't you eat your spoon? Would that be a good idea?
Doing with Data – What's the barrier that keeps you from an important success?
Being Outdoors – What are the restrictions of being in prison? What can you learn from prisoners?
Spring ’22 NVIV Videos and Prompts
Seeking a Scientist – What makes a scientist a scientist? Can 12-year-olds be scientists?
Filling a Need – What can you do that would be a big help to someone else? What might you learn about yourself by being someone who helps others?
The Art of Life – When you think of being devoted to something, what comes to mind? Do you know someone who has spent many decades devoted to something?
Designing Domes as Homes – Could you build your own home and have it last for centuries?
Taking Seizures in Stride – What gets in the way of living your life as you hope to?
A Reindeer Career – Do jobs have life spans?
Floods and Floating Schools – How can schools adapt to help students?
Taking Flight – Is there something that you hope for, but which seems impossible?
The Rules of the Game – Have you ever invented a game? Have you ever played a game invented by a computer?
A Lego Arm – What does it mean to be "normal"?
Weird Workouts – Would avoiding a dirty diaper help you exercise more?
Calling a Cave Home – What might living in a cave look like today?
The Way of the Warrior – Can one still become a samurai today?
Effective Design – What does it take to get a wild dog to be comfortable with you?
Seeing Through Another’s Eyes – If you knew what another person was dealing with, would it affect how you respond to them?
A Massive Mural – How can a massive image convey something personal?
Celebrating Street Food – Have you ever eaten street food?
Thinking Through Thankfulness – What does it mean to trace a trail of thanks?
A Farmer’s Son – Have you ever been intimidated by the people around you? What did you do about it?
If Everyone Is a Pilot – Which is more fascinating, the vehicle, or the story of the vehicle?
Gorgeous Gondolas – What is a symbol of your community, and who is responsible for that symbol?
A Triple Win – What is the extra possibility in addressing more than one problem in one project?
Risk and Reward – What risks are worth taking?
Fall ’21 NVIV Videos and Prompts
Build Your Strength – Why do you do the things you do? How do you pursue your goals?
Music, Nature, Art, and Cell Phone Company Commercials – How might two people see the same thing differently?
Acting on Your Heart – Has there been a moment when you knew you needed to act in order to do something important - right then and there?
A Pound(ing) of Mochi – Might the difference between wonderful and dangerous be a matter of trust?
Moments of Crazy Insight – What generates a moment of intellectual or artistic surprise for you?
A Mountain and a Board – What happens when you decide to make a change to something you like?
Art and Imagining Self – What does a costume allow you to imagine? What can art mean for how we think of ourselves?
The Power of the Paperfuge – What's possible when you ask, "What if?"
Let the Robot Drive – What does it take to get a car to drive by itself? What does it mean to totally rethink something?
A Blind Cyclist’s Superpower – What do you assume about someone who cannot see?
It Just Arrives – Have you ever received an unexpected gift? What does it mean to have a gift?
An Illusion for Good – What if people ignore something they are supposed to pay attention to? Could an optical illusion help?
Cleaning the Ocean – How do you feel when someone doesn't like an idea of yours? Is there power in criticism?
Major Change – What is it like to watch a major change happen?
Letting Ideas Take Flight – What allows you to get excited about ideas? Can drones launch your enthusiasm for brainstorming?
Challenges and Strengths – Is there something about you that you wish you could change to be more like everyone else?
What Communities Celebrate – What festival or event tells something of the story of your community?
Smart and Not So Smart – What gets in the way of making a smart decision? What does it mean to be smart?
Forcing Focus – Could a device strapped to your head help you focus better in class? If so, how would you want it to be used?