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February 28, 2008

Blog Prompt #4

Well if I could I would love to be a genius and think of a sweet way to better the earth or make a somewhat "utopia" world where the earth is perfectly clean. But realistically I think i would want to educated everyone in the world about what changes need to be made so our earth can be wonderful! I just think so many people don't know or are misinformed about what the world is going through environmentally right now and so they don't take the effort to change their habits. I really like green green grass so for my "perfect" world I would have super green grass and I would have huge groups of people sitting on the wonderful green grass listening to different environmentalists educated them about making a difference. They would also be breathing in the cleanest air ever.
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Just add more people to this photo and there you have the scene of education.
I also think its important that we educated the world about water pollution. The world desperately needs clean drinkable water and pollution doesn't help. Wouldn't it be great if everyone could drink water this clean?!?!
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February 17, 2008

Blog Prompt #3

GOAL 1: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

"Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless." -- Norman Borlaug
"Hunger makes a thief of any man." -- Pearl S. Buck
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." -- Norman Vincent Peale
"The poor are poor because the rich are rich." -- Author Unknown

Better People - India Arie
There's Hope - India Arie
Upside Down - Trevor Morgan
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

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The photographs really tug at my heart and tell me that I really need to do something about the hunger and poverty going on in impoverished areas. The quotes kind of reflect my opinion on how selfish we are that we aren't taking bigger steps to overcome this world issue. Most of the songs I chose are taking an inspirational outlook on the situation and are saying that we need to wake up and help. By helping the hungry and the poor, we can turn their world's upside down.

GOAL 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

“AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing this country and we would have wished for something more specific and far-reaching.? -- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
“AIDS and malaria and TB are national security issues. A worldwide program to get a start on dealing with these issues would cost about $25 billion... It's, what, a few months in Iraq.? -- Jared Diamond
“They've lived through cholera, malaria and AIDS is a big problem. Everybody who goes on a mission is changed is in some way. You think you go to help others, but we grow and God changes our own hearts.? – Bruce Lowe

The News - Jack Johnson
Seasons of Love - Rent
I Choose - India Arie
Colored People - DC Talk

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I chose these pictures because they show how drastic Africa needs aid for AIDS and malaria. It is such a huge problem there compared to everywhere else. The songs I chose are just about coming together as a nation and helping everyone because we're all brothers and sisters, not matter what we look like. If we don't have enough money or enough food or anything...we can at least love. I chose these quotes because they show how terrible these diseases have gotten and how easy it is for us to help. We just have to be willing enough.

February 13, 2008

Blog Prompt #2

The social design issue that I found to be a big problem in Minneapolis is the bus system. Everyone I talked to hates the bus system and complains about it all the time. First of all, the buses are never on time. You always have to arrive 10 minutes early because you never know if it will show up early, on time, or late. They're so unpredictable and unreliable. Second, there are not enough of them. A lot of people are late to work or wherever they need to be because they miss a bus (probably because it showed up too early) and then they cant get on another one till at least 15 minutes later. Also, express buses are great but they only come about five times a day so that makes them useless. Another thing that is terrible about the bus system is that th routes are so small and for most places you go, you have to do at least one transfer. Maybe if the buses had larger routes, people wouldn't have to do so many transfers. Adding to that, the transfer tickets only last for two and a half hours unlike some other places in the world where it lasts for the whole day. This can be a problem for many people especially workers or people coming in from the suburbs. By the time they get into the city, they have to pay for another transfer ticket and they haven't even gotten to their destination. So as you can see, the bus system is a huge social design problem for Minneapolis and needs some adjustments to make a more efficient transportation system for the city.

February 3, 2008

Blog Prompt #1

When I consider the energy, flow, and transformation through a city, I think about the contrast between the different parts of the city. For instance, when going from the intercity to the outskirts, the transformation is huge. You're going from heavy traffic flow and tall skyscrapers to quiet neighborhood streets and small town homes.
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these pictures show what I mean between the difference in energy and flow and how the city transforms as you travel from the inside to the outside.
When I think of intercity, I imagine a buzz of sound and lights and a city full of energy. I'm always inspired by the city lights and how they create a flow of color at night. It's like a piece of artwork. A few times in my life when I have flown back home (Milwaukee) at night, I am amazed at how you can tell the transformation of the city through the flow of lights against the dark night from an aerial view.
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these are just some examples of the idea of energy, flow, and transformation through a city.