The first relevant example that comes to my mind to relate to our reading that just recently happened in our society is the release of the new iPhone 5’s. They come in gold, pink, turquoise, etc, and are “so much better than the first iPhone 5”, (or so they say). In our reading from Tuesday, social resilience is discussed. Everyone wants the newest and coolest thing. Many people in our world today associate happiness and satisfaction with materialistic possessions. True, things can make us happy. But are we truly happy and internally satisfied and are our needs really being met by obtaining whatever it may be that is the “must have” item at any one given time? Back to the iPhones, does someone really need to go out and pay 200+ dollars for the next big advancement in the Apple iPhone simply because it’s the new thing, even though the current iPhone she may possess functions perfectly? Of course not, but that is what will make her “happy”.
The reading from Tuesday focused on what ways human needs can be satisfied based on how people view their needs. Max Neef’s taxonomy of human needs is a way to assist the design process towards creating products, spaces, activities, and the like in order to truly meet the internal needs and desires of people and in order to really make them happy for a significant and lasting amount of time, and not just until the next new thing is on the market.
I hope all of what I am mentioning is making sense. I feel like I’m rambling, but I’m just trying to get the point across that social resilience is a real battle that our society faces. Though we may not want to admit it, we all want to be in with the latest fashion and technology and we want to “keep up with the Joneses”. Children in middle school, and maybe even younger, are suffering from social resilience. To me, this is shocking. I guess I had never really thought about the issue much until I read about it, for a fact, in the article.
I look forward to hearing from Learning Communities 3 and 4 this week because I am interested to see if any of my classmates have discovered any articles that discuss examples of using Max Neef’s taxonomy of human needs. I would love to learn about an actual business or organization that has put this into practice and successfully created a design(s) that can meet people’s true internal and lasting needs.