Blog 2


In class this week we talked about the sustainability challenge, how we all see just the top of the problem and usually fail to see everything that lies under the initial problem. There are the events and then underlying is patterns, structures, and paradigms. We discussed and learned about paradigms, they are the collective mental mode made up of our values, beliefs, and assumptions. We also made the conclusion that you can think of a paradigm as being the lens through which we perceive the world. We briefly discussed design thinking, which entails the use of empathy to define the problem within a context, the use of creativity and imagination to identify multiple solutions/possibilities, and developing solutions responsive to context. The key qualities of design thinking we learned are we do it together, we generate many options, we operate iteratively, and we are human-centered. In our next lecture we discussed biomimicry which is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies-new ways of living- that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. We also talked briefly about industrial ecology which is the study of material and energy flows through industrial systems.

My Role:

I believe my role in key catalysts to bring about change to sustainability problems is simply just realizing when it is appropriate to be sustainable. I think a key to being sustainable is knowing when it is needed and being aware of that, which I think is something everyone is lacking. I believe it can be my role to take the practices of sustainability into my future hope of work field because it’s a category of work I think needs it the most.


I think that the titanic article brought a lot of understanding on the setting of what our ecosystem and world at the time was actually looking like. The subject of how our natural resources are being used up faster than we can we can keep up with is something people are not understanding, and due to the lack of understanding we could be in a lot of trouble in the near future. The cartoonist article was very interesting to hear the author describe the ways in which he comes up with his ideas. I liked how he brought up drawing out his ideas because that was something that I personally could really relate to. In the last article I thought it was an interesting and very serial subject of goal making. He says that we need to make more long-term goals because our world needs to be thinking more about the future.

Wild Things:

My group for the wild things concept came up with a recycle bin, which we called the golden brick, which we designed to be put on campus around dorms, at apartment complexes, at business complexes, etc. that would be used to pick up the recyclable materials. We thought that in order to see the outcome we are wanting we would need some sort of incentive for the public to recycle, we thought that the population that uses the golden brick would receive in the mail weekly coupons and promo deals to eco and sustainably friendly groups.

Meditation Reflection:

During the meditation reflection I thought it was a good exercise to relax and picture where we would be in ten years. I hope what I saw works out, but I saw myself being a wedding planner and being able to make my own schedule to accommodate to my family. I saw myself applying sustainability to the wedding industry which I think is something that would be really neat to see in the near future.

TED talk:

I really enjoyed the TED talk because I found it interesting seeing biomimicry used and seeing how it will continue to be used in the future. I found this TED talk to be a very surface level on what biomimicry is and how it is used, which I think was a perfect way to introduce the concept to the class.

Biomimicry Discussion:

I like the discussions in class or with our problem solving communities because I am able to see points that I would have never thought of. Since everyone things so differently it is really neat to see others perception of biomimicry and see how it applies in their day-to-day lives. We thought that the reading was a lot more detailed than the video, we were able to see biomimicry broken down into three different categories: natural form, natural process, and natural ecosystems. I think this reading helped a lot of people understand biomimicry on a deeper level.


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