Dr Dominique Hes is a Senior LecturerÂ Â Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning.Â She is director of the Thrive Research Hub and co-author ofÂ Designing for Hope: pathways to Regenerative sustainability.Â Â We talk about enriching relationships and designing for possibility.
Happiness not wealth
We’re not trained to think of ourselves as nature
Designing for possibility
Aim for potential – not just solving a problem
The machine doesn’t know how to break the rules
We’re just aiming for sustaining when we need to be aiming for thriving
Identifying the irresistible narrative – the capacity to develop with positive ripples.
Sustainable: Sustainability is a part of the mechanistic worldview of us saying â€œhow can we manage the system better?â€ I am critical about the definition of Sustainability, I align much closer to the definition for regenerative development which is to work on projects which increase the vitality, the viability to constructively adapt to change.
Success: Seeing the lights go on in my students eyes, seeing them change from passive consumers to active participants.
Superpower: My superpower is networking, remembering who I have met so that I can connect to them.
Activist: No, to be an activist it means if you donâ€™t agree with me Iâ€™ve failed, instead Iâ€™m a educator. Itâ€™s up to you whether this story fits within your life, your narrative and your way of thinking, Iâ€™m not going to enforce it upon you.
Motivation: Curiosity, Iâ€™m curious about everything and its potential.
Challenges: Iâ€™m looking forward to learning how to slow down, as much as I am taking a time cut instead of a payrise, I still donâ€™t really feel like I have the time to really read or reflect. So, Iâ€™ll be going back to two days a week as soon as I can to create that time.
Miracle: That people saw their potential in creating a thriving future, that people switched from passive consumption to active participation, being alert and present with the issues at hand.
Advice: Slow down, Itâ€™s as much about finding how you can thrive in the system as how you can help the system thrive!
This conversation was supported by Wintec‘sÂ Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation.