Blog #2

Reflecting on week three, we briefed on the paradigm change, and how it relates to a self-narrative change. I think the millennial generation is definitely guilty of the ‘The Titanic Syndrome’ even based off of my direct friends especially. Our self-narratives connect to our future consciousness and leads to the paradigm (collective pattern). “We’re all going down anyway, so I might as well go first class!” I think this stems from our societies lack of knowledge for the importance of sustainability, also the lack of caring about global warming… The paradigm shift states and gives examples of our society only caring about an issue if they are personally affected. I believe this would be the bottom of the iceberg.

In the mapping exercise my learning community and I just brainstormed and built off of each other. We all started just bouncing ideas off of each other and it lead to new discussion.

Think ahead: Futurist

This article briefed on the idea of future consciousness and our set of psychological abilities and what their outcome is, the consciousness of time and how we perceive it. “Few of us develop our foresight capacity as much as we can and should. We may envision only very short-term goals, or we may routinely direct our lives toward long standing goals that are rarely questions or altered.”

I loved the in class meditation. It made me realize that I, and everyone should try to meditate at least once a week. It was extremely calming and interesting. It was also slightly scary and intimidating to think about my life so far in the future… In a sustainable sense, I wished for a more understanding society that connects to our environment. As quick and busy as our lives can become, we need to sit idle and let these traumatic thoughts of our diminishing world engulf us.

I also enjoyed our Thursday lecture learning about biomimicry, which is innovation inspired by nature. I began personally brainstorming what I am going to challenge myself with for my LOLA presentation. When relating biomimcry to the apparel industry, it was fascinating to see how creative designers have become. The key here to their success is relating to our environment and biology. When watching the Janine Ted Talk, it made me realize that even skilled and professional biologists and engineers are not even on the same page as the environment. They thought that biomimcry and bio assisting were the same things. Which also clarifies and represents the iceberg paradigm is extremely real. It was cool to hear her story and how she made a positive impact.

I am so thankful I learned about the apparel designer Ying Gao. Her interactive and unique pieces are so beautiful and sustainable it is truly inspiring. When researching this designer a little more, I enjoyed reading about a number of her pieces and their experimentation. It leads me to realize that her entire company is nearly experimentation, which is kind of how we need to think when it comes to sustainability. We need to be aware that we will fail at times when coming to a solution and can always continue to brainstorm new and unique ideas, like Ying Gao did.

The Living Product Challenge enlightens the idea as if all products we used were designed and made to function as nicely as our natural world, like biomimicry. It brought to attention that we could do this by reducing water, energy, and facilities we can produce more sustainable products.




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