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Cultivating a Designer’s Mind

Design and Decision Making

A person who takes part in using an active process, or intends to make decisions is a designer. Anyone involved with a project is an inferred decision maker, project manager, and designer by default. However, an actual design requires conscious choices and mastery of being in the present moment. Working on an assembly line in a factory might not include design choices, however, preparing a meal in your kitchen comes closer to a design endeavor. Whether or not the designer is conscious of the tools and processes or explicit about them, affects the degree of engagement, and the outcomes. A person who intentionally implements designs, especially one who consciously creates forms, structures, and patterns is a conscious designer. To me, it seems that all our most basic decision-making processes include some level of design.

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Auguste Rodin “The Thinker,” often used historically as an image to reflect our human capacity to be conscious, philosophize and take action. © Pixabay
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What are needs? © Pixabay

Undoing Harmful Social Conditioning

If we want to be more efficient and less influenced by enculturated and conditioned worldviews that aren’t serving us, evolving our design skills certainly gives us an opportunity to practice the kind of reflection and observation that’s required.

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Those in control so often drive the news. © Pixabay
  1. Reconnecting to a sense of self-empowerment and confidence
  2. Increasing your ability to meet your own needs
  3. Liberating the skillful creator of your personal experience
  4. Reconnecting with community and nature
  5. Making decisions that are authentically in your best interest, rather than conditioned responses.
  6. Learning and affirming healthy and authentic patterns of behavior
  7. Generating more world-centric awareness
  8. Skilling up in conscious engagement and mindfulness practices
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Design is not just about thinking. © Pixabay

Types of Design Thinking

Designers use thought and feeling to generate interventions in life and find desirable outcomes or solutions. Design thinking is said to utilize a combination of logic and reasoning with imagination and intuition, to explore possibilities and create desired results. Design thinking as a field refers to the cognitive activities that designers apply while designing. Cognition isn’t just thinking as it includes our perception, insight, learning, and discernment.

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Hierarchy of Competence
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Design Field

The origins of design as a field were birthed from analytical reasoning to serve the fashion, graphics, industry, architecture, and product development fields. Its roots, some would say, are a response to material culture. However, philosophers have been postulating theories in publicly shared writing on design and designers of nature, and the speculation or identification of free will since at least Cicero’s book De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of Gods) in 45 BC.

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Healer, facilitator, designer, project manager, and life coach. Planetary and cultural change agent. jennifer@gaiauniversity.org

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Jennifer English Morgan

Written by

Healer, facilitator, designer, project manager, and life coach. Planetary and cultural change agent. jennifer@gaiauniversity.org

PermacultureWomen

Permaculture design, organic gardening advice, wellness, decolonization, online education, Eco-Heroines profiles, and personal essays from ecofeminist writers around the world. Brought to you by Heather Jo Flores and www.PermacultureWomen.com

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