I've been on eighteen trips around the Sun on a floating blue rock called Earth.
In my early years, I was fascinated by stars like the Sun and dinosaurs. In recent years, I've learned about how we can replicate stars with nuclear fusion and possibly bring back dinosaurs using genetic engineering.
On all my trips, I brought my curiosity and eagerness to learn. I'll be taking those with me as I embark on trip #19.
I wrote this article to record the biggest learnings on my journey so far.
Right now, you're reading an update about month one of my nineteenth trip around the Sun. Here's an overview of the contents of this newsletter:
1) I became a Watson Institute Scholar: I started in their Semester Accelerator.
2) A podcast episode, pitching to Volkswagen, and more.
3) Started a focus in fast fashion.
4) Gems (resources + recommendations) from January.
5) Focus areas for month two of year 19.
A Month One Watson Institute Update
I became a Watson Institute Scholar this month! I started my journey in the Semester Accelerator Spring 2021 cohort. My mission is the environment and I'm in the venture stream. It's been a thrilling first two weeks of building relationships and starting courses (transformative entrepreneurship + action, lab, and master courses). I'm grateful for a community of courageous and inclusive changemakers - all my new friends from around the world, alumni, and the Watson team for making the past two weeks a blast! 🥳Love moments to Marie Breuser for nominating me for Watson + Isabel Artemis DeJesus for support throughout the process. 💜
My team pitched our learnings on batteries to Volkswagen.
I've been sketching clothes. 👗
Started a design project reimagining Wychwood Barns Park to become more sustainable and inclusive. I met my team, we started phase one of the redesign, and visited the site for a better understanding of the park + more reference photos.
TKS Update: Fast Fashion Edition
Moving out of my piezoelectricity focus, I started early research into fast fashion and other negative impacts of fashion production. Fashion generates approximately 92 million tons of waste each year (more than e-waste), is responsible for nearly 20% of global wastewater, and creates 10% of global carbon emissions annually. My next steps are to reach more depth in my research and identify possible root causes of fashion-related environmental problems. I will also be having meetings with stakeholders across the fashion industry to better understand the problems and future of fashion.
If you're interested in the future of fashion, check out these gems.
Gems I Discovered Recently
1. Inside Pixar - on the creatives at Disney's Pixar Studios. 2. IDEO's Design Kit has been a useful design thinking tool.
Thank you for following my journey! 💜 Feel free to shoot me an email or sign up for a virtual coffee chat on my Calendly to catch up or if we haven't met.
Wishing you exciting trips around the Sun! 🌞
- Astro Girl
P.S. If you know anyone in the fashion industry interested in sustainability, I'd really appreciate if you could connect us or forward them this email.
Left: spring 2021 Watson Semester Accelerator cohort, Right: fashion sketches
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