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Weekly Lecture Takeaways

During the past couple of lectures we discussed the “top of the iceberg” scenario that started with paradigm at the bottom followed by structure, patterns, and events on the top. This flow chart helped me analyze the process of repeated structures that our society used to get us to where we are today. The way that we see the world and what we value is one of, if not the main leading factor that determines how we treat the earth. Paradigm  was a new term that I had not yet heard of before but helped me understand the importance of personal values. Where our priorities lie and what we repeatedly buy or do are the factors that drive the sales of unsustainable products, furthermore destroying our earth. I believe it forms the structure of the marketing business and creates the patterns in which our industry’s failure lies. However I cannot envision Americans giving up their most valued assets too easily, which is why future consciousness and educating people about sustainable design is essential.

Visualization Technique 

Being someone who tries to do yoga on a daily basis, I was pretty excited to participate in this meditating class activity. When Dr. Jayadas began by asking us to imagine what our personal futures held I imagined a sustainable future, obviously being that I was in my Sustainable Design class. But as I sat there completely still with my eyes closed I wondered how different my answers would be if I was attempting this anywhere else. Would I still imagine a healthier lifestyle? Would I actually dream about sustainable houses, jobs and cars? This seemed to stump me more than I thought it would. I loved the idea of creating an economic and social environment that was eco-friendly but what did I have to do in order to engrave it into my head? It was then that I realized I was progressing on my sustainable journey and searching for a way to partake in sustainability within my every day choices. This moment of realization helped me understand that I needed to change my own personal life patterns in order to fully adapt to becoming a futurist.


Ever since taking Problem Solving Strategies I was always intrigued with Biomimicry. I do not second guess that nature itself is the wisest, smartest, happiest living organism’s on earth. To take ideas and strategies from nature’s interactions almost seems like common sense from my viewpoint. During Janine’s Ted Talk she stated, “there are organisms out there that have solved problems that human’s spend their whole careers trying to solve.” I believe her quote just about sums up the cockiness and confidence that man kind holds today. Designers such as Ying Gao are perfect examples of mocking natural behaviors to manufacture in a smart and sustainable way. To believe that we control the earth and consider ourselves in charge of it is ignorance at its best. We must think in a way that ties humans and nature together as one, otherwise I believe the earth will eventually outsmart us.

Cartoonist Article

I particularly enjoyed this article more so than the others because Steven Johnson’s inspirational story proves that you can contribute to sustainable design in many ways. Personally I love to draw out in my sketchbook whatever is going on in my life that day. My inner peace comes out most when I am alone and sketching, as Johnson also stated. During his cartoonist drawing sessions he thought up products and scenarios that were relevant to his life. Without attempt his ideas inspired so many people that they wanted to bring them to life. I believe that any person has the capability to do the same thing today to help design and envision a future with sustainable products. Even if some say it is almost impossible, Johnson had thought the same but his ideas came to life.


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