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The New York Times has an incredible collection of photos from the past 10 years. What makes them most astonishing, is that they are submissions from everyday readers, their memories of the decades’ most significant events. Sept 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Recession, Asian Tsunami…not many good news stories I am afraid. Well…except for Obama maybe.

What a decade it was. Here’s to the next 10.

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This is a beautiful book, “100 Places to Remember Before they Disappear”, is a collection of 100 photos, by some of the best photographers, of places around the world at risk of disappearing or threatened by climate change. These are based on reports from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Photograph: Jim Richardson/Getty

Some are surprising, scary even – Chicago could experience a significant increase in flooding and heatwaves due to global warming.

Photograph: Norbert Rosing/Getty

The images are striking. In Western Hudson Bay, Canada, the Polar Bear population is expected to decline by 30% in the next 30-50 years, and there is already a reduction in the survival rate of the bears.

Photograph: Sakis Papadopoulos/Getty

Climate change also poses a serious threat to the Maldives, 80% of the country is less than 1m above sea level. In the last 15 years, the sea level in the ocean surrounding the Maldives has risen by 4.5cm.  And with almost all of the human settlements, vital infrastructure and industries located close to the coast, this is a serious threat.

The book is available  for purchase online, and the images were a part of a large outdoor exhibit recently in Copenhagen.

I was keeping up the momentum for a while…then I started school….and teaching….and working….and I still had Mom duties during all this.

During the break I plan on getting back at it, and keeping it up.  That’s the plan anyway!

I thought I would post about the Graduate program I am enrolled in having just completed my first semester. I am working towards a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, at Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, a 2 year program.

We are the first Cohort, a class of guinea pigs, an experiment. It’s an interesting position to be in. We are a group of extremely diverse learners – who are in a sense helping to design the program. Here is a description of the program:

MDES IN STRATEGIC FORESIGHT AND INNOVATION

“The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation integrates knowledge and methodology from a number of disciplines: design, business, science and technology, and the social sciences. Design provides the crucial link between these areas, drawing on its essential competencies of design thinking, strategic and iterative methodology, and a deep commitment to understanding human needs, wants and behaviour. Through holistic thinking in a co-creative environment, the designer, the business person, the social scientist and the engineer will develop together the skills required for true socio-technological innovation.”

So far I love it. My brain is being stretched in ways I didn’t think was possible, the people are amazing, the classes interesting, the work challenging, and the professors inspiring.

What will I do when I finish? Not sure yet…but I do know that there are a lot of options!

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