Building Cities and Nations

Thank you for sharing your term project topics with us last week! As you know, our course participants chose the following issues for review:

> African Wild Dogs, an endangered species
> Animal Testing by cosmetics firms
> Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society
> Chicago Public Schools, its mission and challenges
> College Costs and the affordability of education
> College Energy, its sources and uses
> Company Assessment, an entity-based review
> Electric Cars and their impact on society
> Electronic Waste with a focus on Apple products
> Fast Fashion, a retail industry innovation
> Gender Inequality in the workplace
> Healthcare Financing in the pharmaceutical sector
> Hurricane Maria and its impact on Puerto Rico
> Luminaid, a light source during natural disasters
> My Brother's Keeper, a nonprofit furniture service
> NFL Players and Managing CTE Brain Injuries
> Olympics, the viability of a global sporting event
> Opioid Crisis in northern New England
> Poverty, its root causes and effects
> School Shootings and access to firearms
> Transportation Emissions and greenhouse gas
> Wildfires in California
> Wind Farms and marine life
> Women’s Hockey and wage equality

That’s a pretty impressive list, isn’t it? The sheer breadth of the topics reflects the broad manner in which we are studying the field of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

So where do we go from here? To find the requirements of the first of three term project submissions, please click on the Documents link of our blog web page and download the Handout entitled Project 1. We will review this information in class on Wednesday, and will tentatively target the week before Spring Break (i.e. the week of February 26th) for Project 1 submissions and presentations.

To help you prepare for your Project 1 submission, we will review the writings and speeches of very pragmatic results-oriented authors. In advance of our class on Wednesday, please read (for a second time) the two speeches of George Washington that we originally assigned for last week.

As you do so, please keep in mind that Washington was very concerned about the sustainability of the fledgling nation. During your second reading of the speeches, please focus in particular on the passages that reflect his sustainability concerns, and consider their relevance to the term projects of your team and other teams.

Then, in advance of our class on Thursday, please read a chapter from Jane Jacobs’ classic book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Chapter 5 is entitled The Uses Of Neighborhood Parks.

As you now know, in advance of reading new content, it is always helpful to review Wikipedia or some other light source of historical information about the author and the text. As we mentioned above, you should always focus on references to sustainability and their implications for your term projects while reading the content.

Chapter 5 is one of twenty two chapters, encompassing 30 of 448 pages. Because it represents much less than 10% of the text, and it is not relatively more important than any other text content, we are distributing it to you under the fair use laws. Please click on the Documents link of our blog web page and download the four Handouts entitled Jane Jacobs (Part 1 of 4) through Jane Jacobs (Part 4 of 4).

Finally, please bring your electronic device to class on Wednesday and Thursday, and then throughout the semester, as we resume our use of Top Hat and its “full screen” testing function. Hopefully, this time around, we’ll continue to utilize it throughout the semester.

Most importantly, as you begin to grapple with the content of our term project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors for advice and feedback. We’ve designed our approach to be reflective of an entrepreneurial perspective, and we acknowledge that this approach can be challenging in a traditional college course.

Nevertheless, we are confident that the results will be strikingly worthwhile. We look forward to helping you achieve your potential.