Author Archives: Lakin
As decided by those who filled out the Doodle Poll, the time for this meeting is 16:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 4th in CEMUS Library.
Everyone present and discuss in a group the Spaceship Earth Assignments using the structure and instructions from Seminar 1, which will be provided at the meeting. Bring your Spaceship Earth in physical copy!
Those who did not do not attend the meeting will recieve a (second) written make up task for the Spaceship Earth component of Seminar 1.
See you there,Alejandro and Lakin
A quick reminder,
The Make Up Task for Seminar 1 Is now posted under 'Assignments and Instructions'. This has also been emailed to all who unfortunately missed the Seminar. As part of the task you must organise a time to meet as soon as possible, and the way to do this is in the instructions. Deadline for the task this Friday, 27th February.
See you all Wednesday for Camillo Calderon on Participatory Design, with some case studies and urban experiments he's been involved in.
Alejandro and Lakin
Three important points:
1. We look forward to next week's session with Sille Krakow, on design for behaviour change. She is joining us by video from Denmark, and we will have a chance to discuss with her quite a lot on this topic, with a substantial amount of the session given over to you for question time and dialogue with her. It's important to go through the reading material (and video) for this week so we can get a discussion going at a high level.
2. Also a reminder to start reading the first course book Design for The Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek now. We look forward to some lively discussion around this later in the course: it's often said it's one of, if not the major books in the last half century advocating for a change in design practice towards sustainability and we wonder if you agree. It will also be highly useful input for Assignment 2: Analysis of Design.
3. Remember to keep the mini challenge sketches you have made in class, as you will submit these at the end of the semester. Simple instructions on this task will be posted shortly in the 'Assignments and Instructions' section.
Enjoy your weekend.
Alejandro & Lakin
Your journey into design has begun, and we now head into spring with a series of exciting guest lecturers and design-focused assignments.
You can now find the course information booklet, literature list (course reader table of contents), and instructions for the Design Hunt here on the course portal. You will also find lecture slides from Wednesday 21st, in which you can access the Assessment Timeline and other material (what we could not show you due to problems with the projector).
See you for our guest lecture next week with Josefin Wangel. Remember, to submit a photograph of design (see Design Hunt instructions) related to the lecture topic and literature. Next week's topic is broad: 'Sustainability and Design' so this gives you a lot of options.
Enjoy the snow,
Lakin and Alejandro
Linn Spross, who will talk with us tomorrow about 'The Future of Work' has a foot in both the academic writing world (PhD candidate in economic history at UU) and in fiction writing. Her first book Grundläggande studier i hoppfullhet och hopplöshet (Fundamental Studies in Hopefulness and Hopelessness) was released in 2013 (it's in Swedish and I haven't read it). This is a rare mix in the university environment, I believe.
As you have just been handed the major piece of assessment in this course, and it's an individual written piece of written work, I mentioned to Linn that you as fellow writers may have a few questions about how to write in an academic context while keeping and even using your voice and your own ideas. She may be a rare resource on this topic. Tomorrow's session will be focused on the topic of Work, but it's up to you where the discussion goes at the end.
Hi everyone! A quick update: Philip Ware of the Institute of Swedish Safety & Security will not be joining us for our lecture today as planned, as he double booked his time, it seems.
"....Thank you for your kind invitation for me to speak at CEMUS, Uppsala University next week. Unfortunately, I have a Crisis Management meeting on the same day at a conflicting time.... Once again, my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. Best Regards// Philip"
We will instead join a different lecture, on the topic of 'Money' which is to be given today at the same time (17:15-19:30) for the Swedish course Man & Nature (Människan och naturen). The lecturer is someone we are all familiar with, Tim Parrique. As our group is considerably bigger than theirs, they have agreed to switch rooms to Hambergsalen. So, we as a combined class will be there together, and we will be guests of the students in Man & Nature.
See you all there!
Our moment in the UN spotlight has come to a close, and glorious Module 3 is about to begin. To prepare for our session tomorrow with a special international guest, two small tasks are required from each of you.
First, read over Assignment 3 instructions now available on the course portal. The first part of the session tomorrow (Wednesday 12) will be a creative look at the assignment, so this is essential.
Second, read the 'Degrowth' literature in the course reader for tomorrow and prepare a question for the second part of our session, which will be a Q&A session via Skype with Giorgos Kallis of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, one of the world's leading experts on Degrowth. Preparing questions beforehand is absolutely essential to help us to lift the discussion and create a great dialogue between us and Giorgos for the short time we have.
See you then, Lakin
An important request from the UN Rio+20 conference:
We need 2 people from any of the 5 person groups to switch to representing Brazil at the Rio+20 (Conference A). We ask this because group now representing Brazil has only two members at the moment.
If you switch, this means you and your previous group will be 4 person groups, which is is a better number or people when it comes to preparation and lobbying at the conference anyway.
Those who switch, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
And email group Brazil:
Generally you all did a great job on the exams! Again, the exam is meant more for you to get signal of how you are doing in the course so far, rather than as a large part of the overall assessment.
However, you still need to have passed the exam to pass the course. A passing grade is 50% (8 correct out of 16 questions total). Those who did not pass must complete the following: answer correctly all the questions you did not get right, and send them in an email to email@example.com by this Sunday, 12th at Midnight.
The correct answers will be posted to the course portal on next Monday, 13th. Good luck and now let's dive into Module 2: Understanding Economies...
Tim and Lakin
Check under 'Assignments and Instructions' for your debate teams, and the email addresses of your team members. Also take a look at the 'Debate Series - rules of the game', which outlines the instructions for the debates. Start meeting as soon as you can to prepare, and get ready for one of the most fun parts of the global economy course!
Tim and Lakin