Blog 6

The Business Canvas Model was an interesting exercise. I enjoyed doing it only because I felt like my learning community came up with a great idea. We decided to make a furniture company called ‘Furnishings for a Better Tomorrow.’ This company was to be paired with two local non-profit companies including Habitat for Humanity, and Dwell with Dignity. Although most people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, not everyone is familiar with Dwell with Dignity. Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit organization located in Dallas, Texas. This company has always been close to my heart, and I’ve even volunteered for them in the past. They take families in poverty and homelessness and give them a completely decorated and furnished apartment to live in until they are able to get back on their feet. I think it is such an amazing organization and we felt it was a perfect non-profit to work with. Our company would build furniture out of recycled and sustainable materials and sell them to Dwell with Dignity’s various projects.  I think this could help me in the future by keeping me aware of the products being used in my projects, and look for pieces of furniture that are sustainable and eco-friendly.

From the TED talks we watched, I think the one that I took away from the most was Paul Bennett’s. About a year ago from this time, my dad was admitted into the hospital for internal bleeding from an unknown cause. During his stay, I visited him every day but always seemed to find myself critiquing the way the hospital was designed. I appreciated Paul Bennett’s desire to better the design of healthcare facilities in order to be more empathetic towards patients and their families. Had the construction and design of the hospital my dad stayed at, be better, then it may have helped ease the many emotions my family and I faced during that time.

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