In our final assignment for Understanding Context class at the IIT Institute of Design, we had to develop a point of view on the notion of "Sustainability". Due to its somewhat ambiguous nature, and ability to be interpreted differently, I decided to interview people on the streets of Chicago to hear and record their opinions on what they thought it meant. I approached random people (15 in total) throughout the city, and asked them two questions only:
1. What does sustainability mean to you?
2. How can we design for a better future with sustainability in mind?
I found the feedback to be ironically congruent. Many stated that the idea that sustainability is about improving, maintaining, adopting, and stability; all on the long-term, without adverse effects, and for future generations to come. Their answers to the second question largely correlated around education, a new state of mind, being proactive, and ensuring the resources that we have today are available for future generations to enjoy.
I would like to personally thank all interviewees for being kind and giving a few moments of your time to contribute to my video. Your generosity is extremely appreciated.