This is my blog about the world.
This blog is for me. It is part of an intentional attempt to regain the hope I have lost. It’s evident that the world is going to shit. Environmental, social, econonomic problems are all adding up, and when problems add up they make a Problem - bigger and more incomprehensible than the sum of of all the individual problems. I believe we are at a serious, SERIOUS tipping point. I mean the hugest, most explosive climax you can imagine but on a global, nay, galactic scale. I believe things are going to get much much worse than they are now, but I also think this can be a good thing. We need big changes, ones that happen as a result of many small actions across different scales of time and space.
I believe these changes are happening. This blog is dedicated to the love of future, I am a futurephile, a lover of the future and the earth that will make a decent future possible. Futurephilia will highlight stories that give me a sense of optimism about the direction we are moving in.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
I think systems thinking will bring a stop to the vicious cycle that the world’s most fave genius was getting at there. I love the interconnectivity of, well, EVERYTHING, and so you will be seeing a lot of that on this blog. It might seem random that I include posts about crazy weather patterns, design, advancements in environmental technologies, feminist theory, economics, science, anti-science, art, love and my love, architecture, insects, businesses, cool people, politics, …. ETC. But this is not random because everything is connected. SYSTEMS YAH!
I am Maya. I live on the west coast of British Columbia and grew up with a strong appreciation and curiosity about the natural environment. I was that weird kid who was best friends with their dog and preferred to tend to an insect collection, build a castle in a decaying stump, or take a mouse up to the best tree house in the world (which, in retrospect, was just a platform but much loved by child-me and a family of raccoons for many years).
While completing a seven-year undergrad degree in environmental studies and geography I learned all sorts of crazy shit about the state of the world, but came out relatively hopeful for the future. It has only been in the last few years while working and observing and learning that I have noticed the optimism of my youth mutate into some weird combination of fear, pessimism and denial. There is still some hope in there though, I swear.