Simmons World Challenge: Poll

Do you donate your clothes? Do you know how much of your closet you use? Take our poll for Simmons World Challenge and give us some feedback for our project! Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MTSMCMG

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Simmons World Challenge: Day 3 Reflection

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So why am I recounting to you in detail the steps my new team took to reach this loosely-formed Big Idea? Because my big takeaway from today is the importance of the process.

Day 3 Blog! In its full glory! Click below to read:

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-3-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 2 Reflection

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Good Guide is a website which allows you to check the health, social, and environmental products you buy. Sustainability is not just about doing more with less, but being conscious of what we consume. 

Read more about my exploration with conscious consumption here: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-2-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 1 Reflection

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Okay, we have come to the close of the official first day of Simmons World Challenge. My reflections are below!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-1-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: New Sustainability World

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Diversity is important in biology, in the same way diversity in people and cultures needs to be valued.  And we don’t decide which cultures take precedent, in the same way we don’t tell ecological systems to “Scrap the snails this year!”

Here it is! The final blog for Simmons World Challenge before the program begins tomorrow! This is a brief discussion of James Gustave Speth’s The Bridge at the Edge of the World, in combination with some thoughts on Daniel Quinn’s (author of Ishmael) ideas, expressed in his books. More environmentalism, enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-sustainability-world.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #3

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It was interesting to see how Best Buy was having a particularly successful season. The shelves were pretty well-emptied, and it was only by chance my sister was able to find the two DVDs she did: it was like searching for needles in a haystack. Where the haystack is Best Buy. And instead of hay, there are hundreds of shelves where DVDs should be.

This is my third and final consumption scan! Scattered with a tad more humor than the last two I’ve written, I hope you enjoy it. The link can be followed here: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-3-best-buy.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #2

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Garbage is definitely taboo. It’s gross and no one likes to think about where it goes after it hits our Hefty bags.

This is the second of three consumption scans I am doing for SWC. It encourages us to look at our waste and recycling, and determine what we can do better in the future. Also explored in this blog is the importance of recycling education, and mobilizing a new generation of global citizens.

The link to read this blog is: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-2-where-oh-where-does.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #1

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I own 10 pairs of boots (including my horseback riding boots), 4 pairs of flats, 2 pairs of sneakers, and 3 pairs of what we’ll call “other.” What can be determined, aside from the fact I like boots? It’s too much. It really is too much for one person. It blatantly disregards the anatomically inevitable that I have just two feet, which lend themselves to one pair of shoes at a time. So why do I overbuy?

A simple scan of my closet at home and at Simmons showed some really scary results. At some point, everyone should do a “Consumption Scan” and truly look into what they need, versus what they want when it comes to purchasing power. What is it about consumer culture that draws us in? All that, and more, in my next blog post. Follow the link below to read!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-1-dreaded-closet.html

Simmons World Challenge: Visualization

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But the gist of the message is consistent: Much of the wealth gap in the world is to blame for the belief that we, as first world citizens, own the planet and its precious resources, in the same way big corporations “own” our representatives in government. This pompous nature may be mildly empowering, but it is mainly debilitating.

For the next section of Simmons World Challenge, I had to watch “The Story of Stuff” and “Doing Better with Less”. Read about the wealth gap, consumerism, and social efficiency. The link to the Blogspot on which my thoughts and analyses are posted is below. Enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/visualization-story-of-stuff-and-doing.html

Simmons World Challenge: Social Entrepreneurship

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It’s important in the weeks ahead to develop something sustainable, a word I may be behind in thinking of as not just a way to keep the environment clean and healthy, but a word that refers to the longevity of big ideas in social entrepreneurship.

In the too-hectic week between Christmas and New Year’s, I’ve been frantically reading and writing to prepare for the upcoming weeks of research and lectures for Simmons World Challenge. My next blog post on Blogger (which follows my growth on matters of sustainability, consumption, and social justice) is posted in the link below. It comes after I read Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis, both accomplished individuals in their respective fields.

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/12/social-entrepreneurship-art-of-meshing.html

I hope you’ll continue to follow my posts and ideas in the weeks ahead, and Happy New Year!