The lectures this past week were very eye-opening and had a hint of a “call to action.” Like the previous week, we discuss that change begins with you, and that concept was further developed with the progression of how your self-narrative influences the paradigm. We are capable of bringing about a paradigm shift. I learned a lot of new knowledge during the lecture on biomimicry, that biomimicry isn’t the exact imitation of nature but rather uses nature’s processes to inspire our own processes. Overall this week presented a lot of new material that I was unfamiliar with at the time.
I think one key catalyst to bring about sustainability change is government policy, but our role in that is electing government officials whose policies reflect that of a sustainable nature. The Titantistad sings a similar tune, that our society and country cannot maintain this type of operation without major changes. The Futurist and Cartoonist readings present a different and unique perspective with less emotion and more facts. The readings bring forward the idea that the future is what we want it to be and perceive it to be, and the importance of keeping a relatively future oriented mindset.
Our Wild Things final stage consisted of a presented the concept of an educational program for elementary, middle, and high school students called “the Sustainability Train.” These kinds of programs would be very influential and important for young children so that they can be exposed to the concept of sustainability at an early age, so that it can become a part of their life for years to come.
Meditating in class was very interesting, Dr. Jaydas has an uncanny ability to paint a picture! Unfortunately, initially sustainability was not even on my radar as far as how my future looked. I first imagined technology and things to be similar how they are now, but it is very likely that will not be the case. Overall, the experience allowed me to open my eyes to new possibilities and to see where my priorities lie.
Biomimicry TED talk was very extensive, and showcased a lot of design possibilities that are even in the works. But for me the Biomimicry primer reading was more informative. The reading broke down the three different kinds of biomimicry: natural form, natural process, and natural ecosystems. I think I had a lot of preconceived notions about biomimicry, and I thought I knew what it was, but this video and reading were both very informative and shed light on the reality of biomimicry.