Becoming a Futurist

The articles discussed this week revolve around a key element required in the journey to sustainability, thinking as a futurist. For some, this concept may come more naturally and little bit more “soul searching” for others. Whether ideas flow quicker or slower, it is important to know that any ideas that involve the sustainability of our future is a step in the right direction. I enjoyed the Looking into the future through a cartoonist eyes article the most because it described Steven Johnson’s process and a unique way of how he interprets the future. Even though some of Johnson’s ideas looked somewhat extreme and incredibly silly, they still hold great value because he’s working outside the box.

Titanistad offered a more realistic and gruesome view of the challenges we have been facing in sustaining our way of life. It does coincide with the concepts of future consciousness and looking into the future as it concludes with a bold statement, “We have a paradise to build.” This statement spurs energetic thinking and motivation to arrive at that foreseeable paradise. How we get there is, initially, all up to our exploratory thinking.

Personally,  I know that I have had struggles opening up my mind to different options or exploring on a another level unfamiliar to me. In most cases, these struggles tend to happen during my design process. I tend to hit a bit of a roadblock and cannot wrap myself around any other ideas. I always do my best to involve others and get different opinions to get the ball rolling again. Sometimes, these ideas evolve a project into something much greater than I hoped for.

I believe being able to “recycle” small and worthy ideas into bigger and brighter functional concepts is capturing the essence of sustainability itself, and that kind of progress should always be noteworthy.

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