4 lessons I learned about minimalism after being forced to live out of backpack for 8 weeks

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Right before the European outbreak of coronavirus in February, I was happily staying in my Milan apartment preparing to start my second semester of classes. I decided to take a quick weekend trip to Switzerland so I packed my backpack and caught a bus north.

The day after I arrived, I got a message from my university saying that the classes would be temporarily online due concerns over coronavirus, where an outbreak was starting in a small town outside of Milan. …


A scenario about a future with climate change

The following story was written as part of an innovation class focused on a future living with climate change. It takes into consideration major themes around health, sustainability, death, and family. To formulate these themes, research was done about current macro trends and New York City’s future development plans. Qualitative research was used to understand individuals who are immersed in these themes in today’s environment in order to discover their mindsets and problem solving approaches. …


Plastic Free Challenge: Entry 3

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For a week I have been challenging myself to live without any single use plastics. I’m failing. Let’s just be honest here. I feel like a fish trying to swim up a waterfall. Technically, it’s possible. Realistically, this all-consuming effort takes up so much of my time and energy that I have become completely exhausted. This lifestyle requires a whole new infrastructure for the way we live life.

It Takes a Village…

Eliminating plastic from your life requires the support of your family and friends. Beyond that, it requires the support of all of your professional connections and other weak ties.

I was out…


Plastic Free Challenge: Entry 2

I have been (mostly) successfully following a plastic free lifestyle for the last 3 days. Though that may not seem like a long time, it has had a huge impact on my personal definitions of “need” and “want”. Refusing the use of all single use plastics isn’t just about asking for paper bags at the grocery store. It impacts all of the little choices that I make everyday.

  • I have become a reluctant vegetarian. Meat is not necessary to live, and it almost always comes in plastic, so I don’t make extra efforts to seek it out.
  • I’m eating mostly…


Plastic Free Challenge: Entry 1

Ubiquitous: existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered; widespread. -Merriam Webster Dictionary

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Name one thing that is everywhere. It’s visible or invisible, structural or fluid, tactile or toxic, enabler or destroyer. Synonymous simultaneously with functionality, accessibility, equality, and obstruction; a paradoxical existence. Plastic has become an integral component to our lives, businesses, and communities. Though a relatively new addition to society, it has managed to infiltrate almost everything.

As countries around the world deal with a growing concern about sustainability, many communities and organizations are exploring ways to minimize plastic use or eliminate it all together.

Plastic to save the elephants!

Though…


Designers and innovators hold powerful tools to help organizations through change

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Change management is a business centric process highly analyzed by consultants, psychologists, and corporations that aims to help organizations through any type of structural or systemic changes. Processes differ by industry and thought school but all of the models resemble a fairly basic interpretation of:

  • Figuring out the problem
  • Figuring out how to change it
  • Figuring out how to make the changes stick

In theory this is simple, in reality it is hard. Every change scenario is different, resulting in unique plans, models, activities, timelines, etc. But likely the most difficult part is managing, aligning, and motivating the stakeholders of…


How designers can work with expert stakeholders to redefine the misconceptions impeding innovation

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When leading a creative project it can be heartbreaking when a headstrong business partner refuses to try a new idea at some point during the design process because they “just have a feeling” that it won’t work out. This type of vague reasoning behind the unwillingness to make commitments is extremely common, especially in businesses that develop physical products.

When the investment to launch something new is high, change can be risky. This is true; but unfortunately, this kind of thinking completely deters innovation. These challenges can be major roadblocks for designers. Sometimes intuition points decision makers down the right…

Angela Corrado

Designer and strategist. American in Milan. Integrating design and emotional intelligence, facilitating innovation.

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