A "ready, fire, aim!" approach, Virajita Singh explained during her Frontiers in the Environment presentation last Wednesday, is integral to sustainable design. By seeking improvements throughout the design process, aiming after firing produces a more precise result. Instead of leaving the loose ends of a project to serve as a lesson for the future, projects are treated as flexible, ongoing processes where design fixes previous missteps.
From initial collaboration to final implementation, creativity and design are essential in turning communities toward sustainable alternatives. Noting the 200 documented uses of the paper clip noted at the end of her talk, Singh revealed that when it comes to making the right decisions, "creativity can solve almost any problem."
Watch Singh's talk on design thinking here - and make sure to check out upcoming Frontiers events.
Ben Lauer is a student at Macalester College in St. Paul and a communications intern with IonE. Photo by Molly Eagen.