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Annie Leonard

It was amazing to get the chance to not only sit in one of her speeches but to actually get a picture with her with the my ENV classmates. In my ENV class we have to read the Story of Stuff and it is very interesting on where our garbage goes. It is amazing what she went through just to see where everything goes and what she has been through throughout her journey. It really has me limiting my resources and what I buy from now on. It was funny how some kid said that she is not contributing to become green because she didnt take another source of transportation and that she drove her car. She made a really good point when she said it would have took 120 minutes to get here on train and 20 minutes by car. She said since I took my car I could use the other 100 minutes to think about stuff productive like being green. It was really cool to get a picture of her even though she had a flight to catch withing a couple hours. Really nice lady and very glad I was able to go and encourage everyone to attend the next time she is at Cal Poly.

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Assignment #10

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Guns, Germs and Steel

Diamond was an astonishing professor, who explored the world of Papua New Guinea.  I thought that his description of the world and the creation and cause for inequality between countries and societies was very interesting.  He explains that the flora and fauna of the land would determine the chance for success for an abundant civilization.  I think that while this may not be the only reason, it is definitely worth exploring.  As he also points out, the only way to grow as a civilization is to have the ability of people learning different skills other than just hunting and gathering.  If the land does not support the production of food and domesticating plants then the society has no option but continue the everyday search for food.  I also thought that the information about the first food storage building was very interesting.  It shows the first steps of what we have today.

A New Story of the People

The talk by Charles Eisenstein was really interesting and revealing about the human society.  I was really intrigued when he was talking about our economics, and how we are a monetary based community.  I have often thought about what it would be like to live in a community that did not use paper money.  I think it would be much more fulfilling to live in a society that worked together to provide for each other.  Imagine a community where people didn’t have a huge surplus of goods that they didn’t need, but a plentiful amount that gave people a life of serenity and equality.  I think that this goes with his theory of acting from love.  I think his ideas of gifting and society changing into “A New Story of People” is an idea that could bring peace and join the people of the world.

Assignment #9

The video about the first Thanksgiving, was really interesting, and shed to a light many truths of Thanksgiving.  They went to the original location of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Every year they create a living history museum, with replicas of the original dwellings, tools, and lifestyles.  There are actors who help replicate the events that went on during that time period, cooking stews, and talking about what life back then was like, and their ideas and customs.  I think that this is  a really important aspect of american history, that not a lot of people know about, and should be educated on.  Having this sort of “museum” also makes it more engaging and entertaining for families and children.  They discussed the origin of the first Thanksgiving and what it meant to the Native Americans and the English Settlers.  It is believed that the meal was to give thanks to the Native Americans for helping the English settlers survive the winter.  It is unclear, however, if the Native Americans saw this as the reason for the feast, or if it was just a day for rejoicing.   The original origin of Thanksgiving is something that everybody should know, and after watching this, I don’t think that everyone knows this, especially about turkey not being the course.  Another interesting myth that is debunked is the meaning of “Indian giver” which is thought of as someone who gives a gift, but then wants it back.  The real meaning is someone who gives a gift and then gets a gift back in return for thanks.  I found this interesting because this is a term that I had heard as a child.  This video shows how there are many myths about a holiday that everybody thinks they know, it makes you wonder what other myths we are accepting for truth.  

Assignment 9

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In the video “truly sustainable economic development,” was very quite interesting.  Ernesto Sirolli tells a story from when he was in Africa from 1971-1977 helping them grow agriculture, but whatever they did something went wrong.   They planted tomatoes but the hippos went and ate them all, they said “why didn’t you tell us” and they replied “you never asked.”  It is a great lesson because many people will go into somewhere and try to change something, but they never wanted to hear what the other person had to say about their plan.  I am an Urban and Regional Planning major and that’s all we have to do is stop and hear what a resident, mayor or anyone has to say before we can do anything.  This applies through everyday life, if you stop for one second to hear what someone has to say it might very well be better information than what you have came up with.   So next time you want to help a person out, stop and ask what they want to happen, not just what you want. 

The video “The unstoppable rise of a collaborative economy,” . I agree with Shane Hughes that in order to change our environmental problems, we have to first look in changing the economy.  Lou Brown has a good solution to solving our agriculture problem which is called “landshare,” but what if communities grew their own crops.  Let’s say one house grew onions, their next door neighbor could not grow the same crop as someone else, and that household only had to focus on one kind of crop.  After it was then harvested you can come together as a community and distribute your crop to one another.  You not only know how your crop are grown because you can watch what others are doing, but you also grow as a community and get to know one another.  You may say, a lot of people don’t know how to start, or don’t want to start.  There is actually a company who will come out to your house and plant the crops for you and tell you how to maintain them.  There will always be disruptions, as time moves on you will always have competitors and also the technology is only going to get better and better.    

Assignment #8

In one of the videos about the Warsaw Climate Conference Todd Stern spoke about reparations for other countries due to climate damage.  Amy Goodman, from Democracy Now, asked Stern about this and he said that the U.S. has no intention of reparations, and that she misunderstood the findings that she had.  There are others who disagree with him, and feel that reparations and money is needed now.  The climate damage has proved to be catastrophic.  There is a major need for solutions to be made, and for the countries to come together and work towards a safer and healthier world. From the video it seems that only the under developed countries are taking action and contributing to the problems.  Developed countries are arguably some of the biggest contributors to the climate damage, so they should be contributing the most to the problems.  

 

The reading in the Voices of the Founders discussed what the founding fathers really wanted in their democracy.  There are many attributes that were expressed in the reading, but independence and freedom were some of which I thought were very important.  The reading goes into detail on how the founding fathers thought of these terms a little differently than they are seen today.  They also talked about the importance of having independent skills to carry the citizens through their lives, and support themselves. The founding fathers tried to lay a framework for a healthy democracy and successful country where future problems could be solved efficiently.

Assignment #7

n the movie Battle in Seattle, about the WTO conference in 1999 was very inspiring on how to get people’s voices heard without nonviolence which I thought was very smart.  It shows how much people have to go through in order to get what they want.  It’s amazing what people have to go through mentally and physically to get their voice heard.  I believe the police handled it the wrong way just like how the police handled the protest at UC Davis not too long ago.  This movie was a surprise on what you have to go through in order to change something throughout the world. 

The video RIP! A Remix Manifesto, it talks about a copyright laws.  When people remix other peoples music to create their “own music” and put it on social media like Youtube and many other sites.  There has to be a line to where people can copyright their other people’s music and make it their own with the same beat and so forth.  It is the same thing as if I wanted to tell a story and use the same information as someone who is on the internet.  It amazes me on where technology is going these day, and how it is so easy to get known just because of social media. 

Assignment number 6

In the reading ” Warren Harding error, why we fall for tall, dark and handsome men.”  They talk about thin-slicing and how the first thing we do is look at someone by their appearance, we don’t dig deeper in who they really are.  Like Warren Harding, they saw this tall, dark and handsome man who they thought would be the best fit for being the president, but when time went on he was the worst president ever, they didn’t dig deeper and see who he really was.  It was interesting that in the U.S. population there is 14.5 percent of men are six feet or taller, and for the CEO fortune 500 companies the number of six feet or taller men is 58 percent.  In the American population 3.9 percent of men are 6’2″ or taller in the CEO, almost one third were 6’2″ or taller and only 10 men 5’6″ were ever in the CEO business.  It was quite astonishing that for every inch a guy makes a little more than 700 dollars. In the example they said ” if a guy who is six feet will make 5,100 more than a guy who is 5’5.”  A guy named Bob Golomb who was a car salesman sells 20 cars in one month which is a lot more then the average salesman.  This is because he doesn’t judge a book by its cover, he treats everyone equally because the teenage can come back with his parents, the person who is dressed really bad might have the most cash.  It was also interesting to see how a guy named Ian Ayres did a study where he took white men and women, black men and women dressed them in the same outfit and told them to say the same lines when buying a car.  And just because of their race determined on if they were going to get a lower price for the car.  The sales person looks at someone and asks them if they are going to be a lay-down which is someone who doesn’t know anything and are going to try and sell them a car at the full price.  This reading was very interesting and makes you look at sales people in an entirely different way.  

The video ” The surprising truth about what motivates us” by Dan Pink.  He talks about two different theories which are, “if you reward something, do you get more of the behavior you want?” it was interesting that when you have a higher reward with mechanical skills you get better performance, but if you have more difficult tasks it is completely the opposite.  What is weird to me is that after eight our of you shift you get paid time and a half, when you performance level has dropped due to being tired and have no more energy to keep going.  This video was very interesting especially when they did the study in Atlassian where everyone did their own thing but still had to show what they accomplished within 24 hours and what they found was new ideas which has never been developed.