Week 3 in has been all about thinking how we can change from being unsustainable to sustainable. I have been challenged to think what patterns, structures or paradigms I can modify or alter ate in my everyday life. A paradigm is the lens through which we see the world – it’s made up of our values and beliefs. We are what we repeatedly do! I tend to get in a routine each semester, where my days are typically the same. Even down to the groceries I buy, I feel like I always eat the same foods… In my learning community, we have talked about several ways we can bring change to sustainable living and I am wanting to challenge myself to see the world in a different light and maybe switch up the way I get to and from school by riding a bike or even try and remember to take my own bags when I go grocery shopping so I don’t use the plastic bags anymore and have them pile up in my house or even the way I wash my clothes – maybe not dry them in the dryer and just hang dry them instead. What if everyone shifted their ways just a little bit each day – a self narrative change – and thought about future consciousness? It is important we visualize what can happen in the future if we don’t start changing now.
The Titanic Syndrome and the article of Titanistad both propose very good points on how the mindset we tend to have is that everybody’s going down and that we are all in it together so why not just keep doing what we are doing?… This is NOT the way our minds should work. We should want to change the way we live before something bad happens. This means investing in human justice and sustainability, think positively and challenge ourselves to aim for reform not for replace. Our world is sinking fast and we can’t abandon ship – we are all in this together!
I really enjoyed the meditation exercise in class. It was both relaxing and rewarding to be able to have that much energy in one room and for everyone to take it seriously and really engage your thinking and focus on breathing and change. As I was meditating, I was thinking about the future and how our cars, homes and the way we live life would be different and hopefully for the better. I thought about having a family and teaching them ways to be sustainable and having us all practice better, healthy living in our home life. It is important to me that our world is clean and healthy for my future children and grandchildren.
Biomimicry 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. I have been intrigued by biomimicry after learning about it in Problem Solving Strategies. I feel as if it’s creating something that’s more natural in the world rather than man made or made by machines. Janine Benyus’ TED TALK shows us that biomimicry mimics and learns nature. Seasons happen every year and life can teach us something. We can learn an idea from organisms and apply it to design. She explained that when she went deep sea diving with those engineers, they did not realize the answer or solution for which they’ve been searching for was already solved – going back to paradigms and how we perceive the world or what lens we look through – they were not looking through the right lens because the answer to their problem was there all along. It’s important to get the right people to combine their knowledge together to substitute the many ways we create and build things. Nature = solutions in my opinion. Why not create ALL things based upon nature? It is predictable, it is sound, it’s the same four seasons every year, it is stable – most of the time. Our whole world could be sound and stable.
When meditating in class, one of the thoughts in my mind were the clothing we would be wearing 20-30 years from now and how it would look/feel/be made of. After learning about Ying Gao, I thought that this may be the way future clothing will be. Her sensory technologies allow the garments to become more poetic and interactive with emotions and environments around them. I think that kind of transformation is inspiring and amazing. What if we could use these clothes to predict the way someone is feeling or maybe use this kind of technique for individuals who need help expressing their feelings or what they are going through. It’s absolutely crazy to think something can be made to express these types of things.
I enjoyed looking and reading through the Living Building Challenge slides. A lot of the designs are based on using biomimicry. Our houses and buildings could actually be alive. What if all of our buildings in big cities were actually doing something good for our environment? It would be amazing for them to be able to put off oxygen like a tree does or be completely solar powered even. Thinking about this could potentially be an important step in evolution for our world we live in.