Paradigm Worker

"Paradigm Worker" is a place for monthly reflections on how we think about things, and why it matters.

Paradigm Workers Unite! ...Or Not


January 31, 2020

By: Jonee Kulman Brigham

I’ve been meaning to write this essay since about 2011, when I first coined the phrase “paradigm worker” as a way to describe how artists were part of systems change. I’d been reading an article by systems analyst and thought leader Donella Meadows called “Places to Intervene in a System.” In it, she describes “… places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.”


Interview: Reflections on Sustainable Design

Generations and Re-generations

December 29, 2019

By: Jonee Kulman Brigham

With Brayden Kirk

In mid-December I received an email from Brayden Kirk, a high school student about to enter the architecture field next year. He is interested in sustainable design and asked me some very good questions. By the time I was done answering his email, I realized that he’d given me an opportunity for a career-spanning reflection on sustainable design and how I have evolved alongside the evolving views in the design profession. I was glad to share hopeful news of increasing commitments from architecture organizations with someone just entering architecture, whose enthusiasm also gives me hope.


Names for Time

From Daylight Savings to the Anthropocene

November 1, 2019

By: Jonee Kulman Brigham

As daylight savings time approaches this weekend, I think of the elusive nature of time, and also how time has lost its innocence for me, and yet I trust it more. From minutes to millennia, the names we give time matter, both personally and collectively.


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