Week 8 Reflection
After watching the talks of Kahane, Schwartz, and McDonough, I was given concrete strategies in order to form my project for campus. I believe that these talks essentially give me a lens through which I should view the deficiencies that the campus has. For example, Kahane pushes us to generate and create stories for potential futures of campus while analyzing the obstacles of people and location to pursue a solution. McDonough demonstrated that problems often have solutions that are beneficial even to the environment, without simply cutting down are harmful impacts. Lastly, Schwartz emphasized that problems should be solved through human character, not that of rules and incentives. If we can shape students’ morals, the solutions will multiply rather than digress.
In applying it to my own life, I think the ideas brought up by these speakers give a good checklist in solving problems in everyday life. As McDonough said, solutions should be regenerative. Like if you are stressing week to week about work, and your temporary solution is to simply complete it and then start the next, it's a never-ending cycle and slowly you will get burnt out. Instead, one should be looking for more helpful sustainable solutions like perhaps meditating during the week, reframing your work mindset, or to take more enjoyable classes would create a cycle that is sustainable and even beneficial.
Additionally, Schwartz’s ideas are very practical for parenting or self-discipline, and Kahane’s in planning your own future. These ideas all have vast life applications and if I can adopt this checklist, my progress, and everyday life, could be much more productive or beneficial. As Kahane said, we often get into this rut of trying to solve our problems with the same solution, but through listening to talks like these, it's finding pathways out of this damaging cycle.