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A Third Look into the Future of Education My Dream Job Winners’ Interview

by Hayley Lapalme on 20th November, 2013 at 8:05 PM CEST

Welcome CF readers, to the final interview in the series with the My Dream Job winners.  In this series we’ve heard about the roles our winners’ see for volunteerism, apprenticeship, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and technology in the future of education.  Now is the moment for the design-eyes from an international  team from Bosnia-Herzegovina and India to chime in with their perspective on ways to think and learn from nature using biomimicry.  Team Good Riddance is a three-person team lead by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Anida Cmanjcanin, and her teammates Shibam Sarbswa and Gayathri Kamarajan of India.

Good Riddance’s Vision Biomimicry is an approach to design that calls people to reconnect with the natural world.  Sustainability, innovation, and emulation of the natural world are the three core values behind biomimicry.  It’s an approach that uses nature`s best design strategies and patterns that are time tested to solve a problem  to create a sustainable future.   In the future imagined by Good Riddance, future school student “Emma” will learn to seek nature`s advice with the help of a mentor and use cloud technology to get information. She tests her design in the virtual design lab and after completing her course establishes her own business firm.

CF: Hello Good Riddance!  We’re curious, what was the genesis of your team and its idea?  How did you all come together on this topic?

Anida: Being a team leader, I was looking for partners who had interests in creative and alternative thinking. The team formation just happened. We never knew each other, C:F bought us together. Firstly we were working on different ideas about own unique dream job focusing on the employees’ needs that we can witness today (flexibility, input, communication, freedom), as Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” After evaluation of ideas we decided to work with one we liked the most, biomimicry. By using million-years-known model of biomimicry and modifying the process with the newest technology and possibilities we succeeded in imagining our Dream job.

CF: How did you manage your international collaboration across two countries, between team members in India and Bosnia-Herzegovina?  Was it challenging?

Anida: It was quite challenging. Our opinions were discussed in group chats and final drafts were e-mailed. Because of the difference in time and space we usually end up discussing late nights. The team was made up of individuals with different national heterogeneity, skill sets, creative thoughts and different ways of doing things. So we were relying heavily on effective communication and collaboration to stay connected to develop our idea with specifying details.

CF: The outcome of this committed collaboration paid off in the competition - congratulations again on the win!  This provides a real example of collaboration for your fellow Cfers.  Turning now to the substance of your idea, why do you believe in this idea of biomimicry?

Anida: It was Gayathri who threw light upon biomimicry, Shibam and I were relatively new to this concept. The whole concept of sustainability and nature's design pattern impressed us so much and TED videos inspired us to a great extent. We are all aware of issues facing the world today. Biomimicry helps us find ways to solve these issues, applying it to so many things, like environment, architecture (as in our idea), business, science and so on. It’s all around us, we just have to learn how to observe, study and imitate it.

CF: Very fascinating to hear that your idea evolved organically as the team came together!  What is the most inspiring thing you have learned from nature and its designs?

Anida: Life on earth is interconnected and interdependent. By learning the deep about the design lessons from nature, one can come up with innovative strategies and measure them up with sustainable benchmarks. Though we have grown in number, our strategies are still same, it is long time that we have to look into it. One of the best thing about biomimicry is that we can apply this concept on our daily lives, nature is all around us with amazing designs and process. You just ask the question, "What would nature do here?"

CF: What did you learn from the competition experience that you would like to share with other participants?

Anida: Try to begin with a clear concept of what each team member wants and hopes for. Also try to focus on idea with which you can contribute to a more balanced and better world. While we were studying about this particular topic we eventually came to know that when we use nature as a mentor and model, sustainability is a sure thing to be achieved. Organisms never stop innovating to excel. And last but not least do network with those who have different skills, background, imagination and/or thoughts.

CF: What is next for you - any exciting plans for the future?

There are many plans for each of us; however, the question is the realization of these plans in the current circumstances. One of the main is getting a job in our profession. Also some of us plan to go on a student exchange that can certainly enrich us in a professional, but also in the private sense. In the distant future we hope starting some of our own projects that we think are essential for the world today.

CF: Thank you Anida and team for sharing your thinking - we've got something to learn from your team's ideas about your lens on the world and how you use it to inspire good design!

This is the final interview in the three-part series with the winners of the My Dream Job competition.  Congratulations again to the teams Good Riddance, I.G.N.I.T.E., and Achievement 2022 for their visions for the future of education.  We're excited to see how you all contribute to the evolution of the educational systems around the world!

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tilen  mueller

tilen mueller

very interesting and provoking to our current education system. As Joel Barker wrote in Five Regions of The Future learning from nature is essential part of our future innovations. And human innovation in education is the most important!

great idea and congratulation on such interesting collaboration!

15th December, 2013 @ 7:40 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

1st congratulation on such interesting collaboration!

2nd Thanks Hayley Lapalme to explore such a nice interview for the youth. U always prove yourself the real and great source of motivation.

Hayley Lapalme ! we prouf of you!!!

24th December, 2013 @ 11:47 AM CEST

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