What’s next after Design Thinking? Design Crits

People working outside the world of design, particularly those in business, have discovered the incredible power of Design Thinking. Harvard Business Review recognized the value of Design Thinking 10 years ago, and continues to explore why it works today. Forbes has come out with several articles on the benefits Design Thinking, including as a leadership

Spiralling in Control

It is easy to feel as though the world is spiralling out of control, that we’re caught in a downward spiral of our own making. This downward spiral is, curiously, caused by positive feedback loops. A positive feedback loop is when the result of an action tends to drive more of the same action. Positive feedback

Lifestyles and Lifecycles

The lifestyles of the rich and famous are notoriously consumptive and unsustainable. It’s so easy to point fingers and assign blame, but the lifestyles of us “eco-groovies” may not be that much better. We may ride bikes and take mass transit, but most of us still own and drive cars. We may recycle and compost,

Looking back, Looking ahead

Perhaps I’m just getting old, but I’m shocked at how few passionate and eager young people working in the worlds of design and sustainability are familiar with R. Buckminster Fuller [July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983]. This architect, philosopher, futurist, designer, systems theorist, author, and inventor defined, refined, or seemingly divined much of foundations

Your magic wand?

The students, faculty, and alumni of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program had the opportunity to interview leading thinkers and do-ers in the world of sustainability that were invited to speak at SB18. Each interview revolved around six questions, which led to engaging and inspiring discussions.  Of these six, I felt that one of the most

Congrats 2018 MASD grads!!

We are proud to announce our newest MA in Sustainable Design graduates:  Annika Bergen and Ellie Cotlar! These MASD students graduated Saturday, May 12, 2018. Annika Bergen’s thesis was titled: Wedding Venue Sustainability: Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Weddings Through the Creation of an Eco-Wedding Association and Venue Sustainability Certification (Advisor: Holly Robbins) Ellie Cotlar’s

8 Reasons You Need a Sustainable Designer

As Director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design, I can’t help but be biased about our amazing program, our incredible faculty, and our fantastic students.  So instead of reading my thoughts on why you might need a Sustainable Designer to help you solve your biggest challenges — as well as help all of us address

Are you Problem-Solving or Innovating?

“It would really help if you would just tell us what we are aiming for!” “Can you give us more examples and case studies?” “How will I know if I’m right?” “We need more time to understand the problem!” These are the comments and questions I often hear when teaching people how to use creative

Hubris or Humility?

The human brain is the pinnacle of evolution – or so we humans like to think. Our highly evolved brains provide us with the apparently unique capacity for self-awareness, to understand abstract concepts such as humanity, hubris, and humility.  This capacity also provides us with the ability — and awesome responsibility — to choose how

Sustainable Conspicuous Consumption?

The website Conspicuous Consumption leads off with a definition:   Conspicuous consumption is a term introduced by the Norwegian-American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in his book “The Theory of the Leisure Class” published in 1899. The term refers to consumers who buy expensive items to display wealth and income rather than to cover the

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