Blog 9

The Tim Brown reading was very insightful and interesting. Tim Brown spoke about the need for an expansion of design, in a global standpoint. Sporadically giving an underprivileged country money won’t help the country become financially stable. One of my favorite quotes is “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.” I immediately thought of this quote when reading this article because it fits so well. We need to help these countries flourish in terms of jobs to create an appropriate economy, and that all starts with design activists wanting to create a change and make a difference in these places. Design activism is centered around creating a change. In order to do so, we need to get people involved and interested. We need to understand the impact that this design will have and shed that in a positive light.

I am going to reflect on the company Herman Miller, a very well-known furniture manufacturer. I actually got the idea to talk about this store from a LOLA Show that happened a couple of weeks ago. Herman Miller can relate to both natural and human capital. Their natural capital is shown through their products made with natural elements and repurposed items. In terms of human capital, Herman Miller provides very in depth explanations of their products and how they are environmentally friendly so that their consumers understand their products. This company has a great relationship with a lot of interior design firms. They are easy to work with and have great understanding of what they need to do to satisfy their market.

Being that I am from Dallas, I have seen my fair share of homeless people and families. After Hurricane Katrina, many people fled to the North Texas metroplex in order to start a new life, however, many were unable to start over due to their losses. This has created a large sum of people living in poverty in both Forth Worth and Dallas. There are so many things I wish I could do to help-out. One idea that I think would help, would be some type of business circle from various small businesses in the area such as a clothing store, a grocery store, a barber shop, and a shelter. This business circle would aim to provide basic preparedness for homeless people wanting to get a job. The clothing store would provide a free outfit for job interviews. The barber shop would help create a makeover to be interview ready. The grocery store would provide a small kit equipped with basic hygienic needs. And finally, the shelter would provide classes and info sessions on how to prepare for an interview. I think if people had the resources to get a job, whatever that may be, they would be more inclined to leave the streets and try and get an income and help them beat poverty.

Unfortunately, I was not in class on Halloween to actually take part in this activity. However, I had time to think about how I would want to make a Halloween party more sustainable. I actually did attend a Halloween party that night and realized that there was way more food then there was people. I ended up throwing away half of the entrée I brought because I had so much leftover and knew I wouldn’t eat it. I feel like this is a common theme with a lot of parties that take place. There will always be a surplus of food once the event is over. I would like there to be a donation center afterwords that we could take leftover food that hasn’t been touched or eaten that could be given to those who may not be able to afford a meal. I know there are food banks for packaged food, but not for leftover food that would just be thrown away if it wasn’t eaten.

Before this class, I had already heard of AATCC. However, I always immediately associated it with just the apparel industry. I don’t know why I’m so quick to write it off, but I am very glad that we had Maria Thiry come in and talk. She opened my eyes that AATCC is much more than just the apparel industry and that it plays an enormous role in the world of interior design as well. In fact, Maria mentioned that commercial carpet industry is the farthest along in terms of sustainability, which is something I would have never guessed. It was nice to hear that my industry is one of the most sustainable in terms of design. It gives me hope that other industries will follow in their footsteps to help make the world a better place.

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