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

Earth-Rising

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.”

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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.

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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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