What am I interested in? What do I want to learn more about, make an impact for, design solutions for?
A variety of subjects that interest me:
Reducing Waste. Humans produce a lot of waste. Landfills are overflowing, natural resources are overused, and the environment, its animals, and the human population suffer because of it. Food waste in particular is something that I didn’t realize was such a big issue, especially in America. We throw away a lot of food, yet millions of people don’t have enough to eat. These issues are intertwined and can be the potential solution to each other. Aside from food, waste of any kind leads to opportunities for recycling and repurposing on a budget. Materials that are going to be thrown away anyways have the potential to be turned into something else for very cheap. It’s about giving things a second life and using what you have available.
Two companies that I am inspired by are Imperfect Produce and Clean The World.
Two articles I read on Food Waste:
Sex Education. Sex education in America is a “free-for-all” kind of situation, meaning that there are no national standards for what is taught in public schools. This is mainly because the education system in America is organized by state, meaning that the quality of education differs based on where you live. Some states do not require sex education be taught at all, while others have thorough, comprehensive programs set in place. Aside from the content of sex education varying from state to state, the age at which it is administered also varies. Some school districts have programs starting in grade 4 while other school districts only have a few days set aside during grade 12. Because of these inconsistencies, too many American students are left without proper sex education. They are left to their own devices, and in many cases, must take it upon themselves to learn if they so choose. I see this as a huge problem because most kids are unwilling or incapable of educating themselves with accurate material.
In addition to school age children and teens being confused about sex due to a lacking education, very young children (pre-kindergarten age) have a ton of questions. Most of these questions revolve around the concept of where babies come from. They also have questions about their body parts, relationships with others, and what is “normal”. I’d love to find a solution to help these kids (and their embarrassed/sometimes-shocked parents) openly communicate and learn from each other.
Redefining “Selfies”. I thought about what the word selfie means, and why it is so overused today. I thought about how people take so many pictures of themselves and questioned what value these photos have. I thought about other ways to interpret the word selfie, besides photos and iPhone pics. What is a selfie wasn’t capturing the way you look, but capturing how you smell? How you taste? How you think and dream? What if you were removed from the selfie and only your surroundings remains; would this still be considered a selfie and would it have the same value to you as a conventional selfie does?