“Do I need the new iPhone?”

Leyla’s TED talk hit exactly on everything we are doing wrong as consumers on our planet. She spoke into depth about the waste of cell phones here in the United States and Australia and it actually surprised me how many do not recycle their cell phones, specially since gold can be found in them. I am from Enid, Oklahoma and I have a cell phone through Pioneer, once I buy a new phone they take my old one to either be refurbished and used or recycled. After learning other people and companies do not do this, I was curious why you would just throw it away. Another shocking discovery I had was the idea that plastic can be better than paper. My mom always chose the paper bags at the grocery store when I was growing up and now thinking about the amount of paper it takes to make a bag compared to a plastic bag which many people do recycle as I use them as trash bags in my home. The talk about cell phones and Tesla vehicles crosses over into the Western Values introducing the thought of if we are helping our universe by advancing or if we are harming it. When I read that the richest people in the world are making up 50% of the carbon dioxide that is harming our world, I began question whether maybe our new technology is harming us an awful lot. But then I also began to think that those with money are also the ones that are paying to go to school to learn how to become more innovative to solve the wicked problems in our world.

Being in the DHM program in Human Sciences, I have gained many friends who are focusing and studying the world of fashion and to be honest I never really thought of how fashion could be sustainable. After I read the reading over Fashion & Sustainability, I thought back to my Problem-Solving class where a group came up for a solution of over consumption of clothing, which I never thought as an important issue. After they presented, I came to realize how I often buy clothes for what is in style now and then go on to only wear it once or twice then ditch it when no one is wearing it anymore. Thinking about how many other women and men do this, I am now aware of what I am buying and what I can wear no matter what the trend is. While discussing this in class, I also had thoughts of how making fashion more sustainable by designing with humility through only certain materials that can be recycled or are actually good for our environment. This is also a subject that can be tied into biophilia. We should be loving all forms of life not just people but animals, insects, and ecosystems. Understanding and seeing what other lives out there are doing can teach us maybe what we should be doing. By destroying them or using their fur as our fashion, we are listening to our world and its needs. These forms of life are a big part of our world and how it runs. Think about how much of them we use to consume to do our everyday tasks, we almost depend on them as fuel for our bodies but then we go and destroy their homes. I think if we need to start with any wicked problem in the world, it should be saving the other forms of life and ecosystems.

For my activity 3 and intensive report I originally started off with the problem of not designing for everyone, also known as universal design, but I changed my topic to subject I received after doing research, excess building demolition. I thought of how did universal design come about and after Cynthia Leibrock visited our classes I learned that many people are designing just for now and not the future which causes them to have demolish the old and have to build new. Instead of designing for a short period of time we need to design for what could happen in the future therefore we can avoid having to demolish. I am still learning about what exactly a wicked problem is. I will be honest it was difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what wicked meant. I kept thinking of issues around that are bad than rather wicked. But know I am understanding as I am writing my intensive report that what makes a problem so wicked and is not fully understanding what I can do to solve it because there is not a precise solution.

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