Waste: Taking a moment to sort
During breakfast at OUR Ecovillage, a lady shared her dilemma. She’s coordinating the waste stations at a local festival. She has a few volunteers that would be stationed to help guide festival attendees on how to sort between waste, recycling and compost. She notes that in the past the signage has not been effective. Even with station guides, the attendees does not take a moment to sort their waste.
The station guide holds a green and red flag. Each time an individual throws something a way, the guide can indicate if they are throwing away correctly. Public shaming is an effective way of encouraging a behavior. Moreover, it about connecting the individual’s actions to the general public. Too often we do not see the whole system response to our individual and isolated actions. With their actions being broadcasted, the individuals are highly encouraged to follow the suggested waste guidelines.
09/28/2014: Good, the Bad, the Ugly
These photos were inspired by a quote yinfriendly friendly posted, it said:
“If we only photograph the good, our entire documentation of the human condition would be missing half the story. -Benjamin Lowy”
I couldn’t agree more. These were taken around Seattle.
Say Hello Project - Rejection
I started #SayHelloProject a month ago as I did not want to follow the social norm of not acknowledging human beings passing by on the streets and the awkward silence while waiting for the bus. My fear of strangers has been ingrained since childhood as an immigrant from Taiwan and strengthen with Lifetime Television stories of creepy male stalkers. This is my journey to undo lifelong habits, to explore my curiosity and to be brave.
As personal accountability, I started counting my daily or weekly hellos and good mornings on Twitter. Throughout this month, I laughed at myself often for I became a bit creepy as I intensionally catch stranger’s eyes just to say hello. This week, my greetings transitioned into conversations. It’s been quite a surprise all that I have learned from these strangers. The wealth of knowledge amongst the community is quite amazing and tragically untapped.
Lately, I have been thinking about the many rejections I’d received when I offered to share fruits with a table neighbor at a local coffee shop or when I offered assistance to a stranger unloading their car. Our independent culture of not relaying on others only creates more isolation. I am not so easily discouraged but I still wonder how can best engage with strangers. Any tips and recommendations are appreciated.