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May 5, 2008

Reflection for MDG Presentations

First of all, this project really opened my eyes up to a lot of things that are wrong with the current state of living from a global standpoint. The MDG's really lay out a lot of the issues and open up opportunties for people to be aware and proactive about helping to improve standards and quality of living. It is also a big eyeopener for humanity as a whole. By doing research and discussing with each other these goals and issues, it really does help in a sense. It forced us to recognize what is going on and come up with ways to make things better.

I thought that the presentation about goal 8 was very interesting. I was not aware of the current status of Somalia on the communication forefront. I think that they had a very reasonable and realistic way to help with goal 8. I like that they made it into a very focused and concentrated solution instead of trying to solve everything at once and not getting anywhere. I think what sold me the most was their part about the one laptop per child organization. That would be a great way to get the younger generations started with technology early in their lives and therefore increasing their chances of continuing with communication at an older age.

The other presentation that i like the best was the one about goal 7. I liked that they showed examples of places within the twin cities that need work. I also liked their examples of existing buildings that incorporate sustainable techniques in their development. The Riverside Plaza is definitely a good place to start with. It is obviously in bad condition and a if the put some of their proposals into action, the place would improve dramatically. The Plaza is also a bit of a symbol for the area that surrounds it and it needs to be changed for the betterment of the community and Minneapolis as a whole.