Throughout our class, we have a diverse group of students who grew up all around the region and world. And I would feel sure in saying that every person in our class has a hero. Although why we consider someone a hero is different from those around us, I feel as though there is a human need to look up to someone, be inspired by someone and so forth. Without hesitation I would say that my hero is my grandmother. I hold many of the characteristics that she does and see myself in her. She grew up dirt poor and ended up with a lovely family and financial security. I have always admired her tenacity and bubbly spirit that she carries through thick and thin.
After coming to the conclusion that most people, if not all, have a hero, my thought process extended to my own life. Do I want to become someone’s hero? Do I want to make a difference in this world? This is one of the reasons I chose the design field as my career. This is where the usefulness came into play for me: helping people combined with my passion for creativity should easily blend together. Once I can find that blend, my social entrepreneurship gauge is bound to go up. After much consideration and being true to myself, I know that I want to make a difference. Whether a large or small scale, I want to eventually be someone that people feel as though they could look up to. At the end of my “Heroes” quiz, I was labeled a “super social entrepreneur”. But what exactly does this label mean? Lets delve in.
After being labeled a “super social entrepreneur” I feel like I should be doing better in the entrepreneurial world than most, but I don’t feel like I am. How can I turn potential into action? The relevance of this week comes when Fuad-Luke describes design as “…the act of deliberately moving from an existing situation to a preferred one…” which shows that even someone (such as me!) might feel too far removed from life-changing potential. But design activism is all about a choice. We either choose to be vocal and action-oriented, or we choose to maintain the norm and stray away from pushing boundaries. Design activism includes the five capitols: natural, human, social, manufactured, and financial. These are all aspects we can look at to inspire ourselves; maybe only one facet is where we want to make our mark. I feel as though the best ideas in the world are those that have a specific focus and don’t branch too far from themselves, eventually losing sight of their original goal.
My epiphany came in the reading when Fuad-Luke mentions “all men are designers” which means anyone has the capacity to become a “life designer” as I would like to call it. I had never thought of it in the way that Fuad-Luke had, but he is right. Life is about design and everyone is involved in some way. Everything around us is designed in one way or another, and many people take part in these products. Design isn’t limited to just products though, as Fuad-Luke mentions that design is an “act of…moving”. If everyone is a designer, then everyone could be a design activist, if they so choose. Now I realize why I am labeled as a “super social entrepreneur”. I choose to act, but act wisely. I am financially conservative, yet still creative. I never intend to step out of my financial boundaries, although I want to jump as far out of the standard design boundaries as possible.
The week ended with the “Who Cares?” video, which had some very important points related to social entrepreneurship. The most important line I got from the movie described social entrepreneurship in the best light (my opinion, of course). An entrepreneur in the film said that a social entrepreneur is someone who sees hope when no one else sees hope. I can see now as why I have been labeled one because I love helping people and am a half-full glass kind of gal. It’s not that I try super hard to be hopeful, but somehow I am wired to where that is my default. I’m ready to be someone’s hero so they have someone to look up to, but I want to do this in an earth-friendly way. If we each did this…..what a difference the world would see!
After this week, I would maybe like to see a little more background on the social entrepreneurs that participated in the “Who Cares?” film. Maybe we see a relationship between their upbringing and their adult life choice to become a social entrepreneur. Seems like very interesting data to me.