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September 25, 2006

Design Issue

Design Problem: Social Status

The Design Problem I have chosen is a very general and old issue that has been bothering human civilization since the beginning. I am talking about the differences between social status in our society.
Why are some people born into rich families and given everything they ask for without doing any major work, and others have to slave themselves for hours on end to receive almost nothing in return?
This question has always haunted my thoughts on our societies structure. The unfairness of this question is the main issue that I would like to abolish once and for all!
When you look at the world and about half of it ( that's apprx. 3 billion people) lives on less than two dollars a day, you begin to take into account how much we take for granted. Considering our average tall spice pumkin frappucino ( my favorite) from Starbucks costs $3.17, you start to imagine what a poor family in asia could do with the three dollars and change you just wasted on a drink that will be gone in 5 minutes.
The facts that I have researched in the internet have motivated me into helping make the world a more peacefull and fair place.

*Children in China start working at 5 years old. They are wanted for their small hands!

*The GDP( Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations is less than the wealth of the worlds richest people combined

*Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one percent of what the world spent on weapons was needed to put every child in school in the year 2000.

*The wealthiest nation on Earth has the widest gap between rich and poor of any indutrialized nation.

*Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.

*48 of the poorest nations account for less than 0.4 % of global exports.

I will help out with this issue by going to a soup kitchen in MInneapolis, and helping out with the distribution of food. I will update my blog wth some pictures.

September 18, 2006

Midtown Market

When I went to the Midtown Market this weekend, I was amazed by the different cultures in such a small place. The Mexicans next to the Greeks, and the Chinese next to the americans. This place made me think about how this small market is the blueprint for a better world. If we all come together and share our cultures with everyone, maybe we wouldn't be out there killing and destroying other communities just because they don't agree with us.
I found the energy in this place to be quite vibrant. I went at lunch time so there we lots of people everywhere. I decided to have mexican food, because since i've tasted real mexican food before, I wanted to experience the authenticity. It was as close as they could get with the ingredients they had, but over all it definetly hit he spot!
After lunch I decided to take a stroll throught the whole market and notice details I hadn't when I came in. The lighting in this place is very "sun-like". I think they wanted to get a sense of an outdoor market, indoors. I love the exposed ceiling, it's very industrial, and clashes very well with the old-town plaza vibe the place emits. All of the stands are colorful in their own right. The mexican candy stand succeeds in their goal of atracting as many children as possible. It is filled with different types of mexican and no-mexican candy that catch your eye as you walk by.
I absolutely enjoyed all that this market had to offer, the food, the people, the different cultures. I would definetly go there again, but maybe not right at luch time!