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  1. page Self Intervention edited ... Erika Rasmussen I have always had different opinions on things than my older sister, which ha…
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    Erika Rasmussen
    I have always had different opinions on things than my older sister, which has always caused problems between us. Most recently she was trying to given me advice on something I had already made my mind up on. The way she approached the topic made me feel like she was attacking me. It eventually lead to a larger argument and I was so upset with her. Looking back at it she really was trying to give me advice on something that she had so much more experience in than me in. She knew what it was like to be in the position that I am in now, and she has a sense of wanting to give me all of the information and advice she had. She probably felt a little worried for me. I know she only wants whats best for me and that she did not mean to come off as attacking, but she portrayed it to be differently.
    Kelly Lyons
    Being home for Mother's Day a few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. My Grandma and Grandpa are two of the most important people in my life and while I truly value their opinions, I don't see eye to eye with them on some social issues. I really try to avoid talking about politics with them, but per usual, they came up when they asked me about school because they had heard about the climate at Cal Poly recently. In my view, my grandparents can be extremely close-minded and unable to take any other opinions seriously besides their own. I had to take a step back and think about their ideologies and where they might have come from. They are part of the Baby Boomer generation, and I needed to understand that often this generation has a mindset that they are always right. They grew up in a very different America than I am currently living in, and this obviously affects the lens that they view the world through. Instead of becoming frustrated and defensive while talking to them, I listened to what they had to say and politely suggested that we could agree to disagree. Having discussions about sensitive social topics with people from other generations can often prove to be difficult because the social contexts from those generations are so difficult, but I found that it helped to come into the conversation with an open mind and genuinely work to understand the other person's point of view.

    Matthew Walker
    Recently I met my girlfriend's sister and I think she is great, but it really bugged me that she seemed so educated and informed on many environmental issues (she even cared about them a lot) yet was so wasteful and unconscious in her consumption. "Why does she insist on living her life this way? Why hasn't she made more changes?" I thought but did not say. But remembering our empathy intervention, I then thought "How is she thinking about this?" I came to the conclusion that she is probably thinking exactly what I was thinking when I was her age! Just 2 years ago (before I took my first class with Pete), I would get so frustrated about how the environment was being destroyed and then go drive to the beach and eat a burger to help me forget about it. I was waiting on big companies to make some changes, or waiting until I owned a company big enough to make the changes myself. I did not examine my consumption habits closely or bother making large changes in my life. I attempted to put myself in her shoes and imagine what she was thinking. After doing that, I talked about what I had recently learned in PSC 492. I told her that if she stopped supporting companies that engage in poor environmental practices (nearly every company), they would have one less customer, cut down one less tree, release one less ton of CO2, and so on. I told her about some of the changes I am making in my life and I think she was happy to hear about it. I'm not sure if she'll make any changes or not, but I hope so.
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    2nd self intervention, spring 2018: Empathy Self Intervention: Consider a time when you are dealing with another person and you recognize that you are regarding them as "the other"... whether it be in a conflict, or in amusement, contempt, lust or whatever. See if you can empathize with them - how are they seeing the world? Describe this process and how it might transform your interactions with them. This is not a theoretical perspective. I expect that you will communicate your experience and what it was like for you.
    Nathan Lubega
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    than you. VeteransThe truth is that veterans exhibit some
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    in Uganda have "real" pain andendure poverty daily as they
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    to the economical resources that we have
    Mariana Perez
    I am grateful we have to rewrite our responses, because the more I thought about this, there is one person that I haven’t really thought of putting myself in their shoes and that’s my mother. We don’t come eye to eye about most things, and it mostly has to do with my brother. My brother and I are very different and we are about seven years apart. And a small fact, that I usually don’t share is that he is biologically my mother’s but my dad adopted him when he was 1 or 2 years old, so basically my dad is his true father. We never really got a long, and I honestly blame him for a lot of the tension that was/is in my family. When he was in high school, he became dependent on drugs and alcohol. His substance abuse caused a lot of fighting between my parents, because neither one of them could agree on how to go about it. Because I was young at the time, no one really included me in the situation and I grew to despise my brother. My resentment continued to grow because I felt he wasn’t growing up and taking responsibility for his actions. Instead he became dependent on the people that were enabling him (grandparents and my mother). I tend to be on the side of my father of how to care for my brother and that usually causes problems between my mother and I.
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    2nd self intervention, spring 2018: Empathy Self Intervention: Consider a time when you are dealing with another person and you recognize that you are regarding them as "the other"... whether it be in a conflict, or in amusement, contempt, lust or whatever. See if you can empathize with them - how are they seeing the world? Describe this process and how it might transform your interactions with them. This is not a theoretical perspective. I expect that you will communicate your experience and what it was like for you.
    Nathan Lubega
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    been brushed aside and suppressed by the
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    in my life andlife. I've felt
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    can endure ithardships on my own, theywithout any assistance, then so can
    Mariana Perez
    I am grateful we have to rewrite our responses, because the more I thought about this, there is one person that I haven’t really thought of putting myself in their shoes and that’s my mother. We don’t come eye to eye about most things, and it mostly has to do with my brother. My brother and I are very different and we are about seven years apart. And a small fact, that I usually don’t share is that he is biologically my mother’s but my dad adopted him when he was 1 or 2 years old, so basically my dad is his true father. We never really got a long, and I honestly blame him for a lot of the tension that was/is in my family. When he was in high school, he became dependent on drugs and alcohol. His substance abuse caused a lot of fighting between my parents, because neither one of them could agree on how to go about it. Because I was young at the time, no one really included me in the situation and I grew to despise my brother. My resentment continued to grow because I felt he wasn’t growing up and taking responsibility for his actions. Instead he became dependent on the people that were enabling him (grandparents and my mother). I tend to be on the side of my father of how to care for my brother and that usually causes problems between my mother and I.
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  4. page Self Intervention edited ... I did my third intervention this week (week 7) since I was afraid it would be very involved an…
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    I did my third intervention this week (week 7) since I was afraid it would be very involved and I did not want to put it off until I was busy preparing for finals. I decided to buy groceries for the week before starting (I spent $100). I did not make any purchases and went a full week and found this was way too easy. I only made a few changes in my life. For example, I brought food in tupperware to campus instead of buying food. I sought out free food when I could. I cooked dinner instead of going out. I went to the bars with my friend for his birthday but did not buy any drinks. I found an aloe plant on the sidewalk when I was sunburned, instead of buying aloe at the store. My motorcycle is currently not running, so I did not buy any gas or drive anywhere either. I found it to be much more sustainable than living without a budget. The only downsides? I could not splurge on slodoco or go do frivolous activities with my friends. However, I usually never enjoy these activities, (like going to the bars or the movies) and it gave me an excuse not to go. Surprisingly, everyone offered to pay for me, but I explained that it would defeat the purpose of my intervention. I felt very productive this week and the time I did spend with my friends, I enjoyed more than usual. However, even though this was so easy, I would not consider it successful. Even though I bought my food before the week started, I realistically spent over $13/day on food (dividing $100/7days). I want to continue trying this intervention with a slowly decreasing weekly budget. Next I also want to attempt going a week without using headphones, as I have them in my ears for over 5 hours a day every day, and this cannot be good for my hearing or mental state.
    2nd self intervention, spring 2018: Empathy Self Intervention: Consider a time when you are dealing with another person and you recognize that you are regarding them as "the other"... whether it be in a conflict, or in amusement, contempt, lust or whatever. See if you can empathize with them - how are they seeing the world? Describe this process and how it might transform your interactions with them. This is not a theoretical perspective. I expect that you will communicate your experience and what it was like for you.
    Nathan Lubega
    As someone who has had a difficult past growing up in a 3rd world country, further increased by enlisting in the Marines at the age of 17, I have found it generally difficult to be empathetic to others as I feel that "I've had it worse". The military is very effective at teaching Marines to demonize your enemies in a conflict as it makes it easier to win the war. So essentially empathy has been brushed by the various experiences I've had in my life and I've felt that if I can endure it on my own, they so can everyone else. Whenever I am faced someone struggling through life, either through emotional and physical pain, homelessness, poverty, etc. I subconsciously enter a competition of sorts, with the mindset that I or people that I know, have had it worse than you. Veterans exhibit some of the highest homelessness rates in the country, friends of mine in Uganda have "real" pain and poverty as they don't have access to the resources we have here in the states. However, I am finding that comparing sufferrage between people is an ultimately flawed and wrong idea. Other people having "more suffering" doesn't stop those with "less suffering" from enduring hardships. It should be that fact that I can relate to the different types of hardships that enables me to be more empathetic in life. This is a rather humbling idea for me as it involves setting aside my pride to recall my experiences of being in similar shoes and trying to provide the assistance and/or understanding that I wish I had when I was in a similar situation.

    Mariana Perez
    I am grateful we have to rewrite our responses, because the more I thought about this, there is one person that I haven’t really thought of putting myself in their shoes and that’s my mother. We don’t come eye to eye about most things, and it mostly has to do with my brother. My brother and I are very different and we are about seven years apart. And a small fact, that I usually don’t share is that he is biologically my mother’s but my dad adopted him when he was 1 or 2 years old, so basically my dad is his true father. We never really got a long, and I honestly blame him for a lot of the tension that was/is in my family. When he was in high school, he became dependent on drugs and alcohol. His substance abuse caused a lot of fighting between my parents, because neither one of them could agree on how to go about it. Because I was young at the time, no one really included me in the situation and I grew to despise my brother. My resentment continued to grow because I felt he wasn’t growing up and taking responsibility for his actions. Instead he became dependent on the people that were enabling him (grandparents and my mother). I tend to be on the side of my father of how to care for my brother and that usually causes problems between my mother and I.
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  5. page Timeline Spring 2018 edited ... HEY! consider taking the other appropriate technology class, PSC-391/491where we study more ab…
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    HEY! consider taking the other appropriate technology class, PSC-391/491where we study more about how development efforts have (largely so far not) worked. It's a GE D5. {PSC 391,491.png}
    Week 8
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    Peter Keller Visits (Aid Africa)from Aid Africa (doesn't) visit.
    Please watch this video: EWB_Failure_restructuring
    Post improvement for second (Empathy) intervention before class on intervention page.
    Read: Peace, Security, Development and the Environment
    Please guess what % of the US national budget goes to foreign aid, then please read NPR's article about it
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    Van Buskirk Visits (Kuyere!)(Kuyere!), and Peter (Aid Africa) come to talk.
    Please have a look at the 3-page research proposal {EEG Solar Home Systems_as_submitted_April_30_2018.pdf} we sent EEG (Energy and Economic Growth - a British Organization) on April 30, 2018.
    Read an excellent (in my opinion) rant from Robert Van Buskirk. The beginning of the Email explains why his calculations don't consider all the details, BUT the rest of the Email describes a fundamental challenge to global development efforts. The Email is part of a discussion we had about whether we should go to the Solar Energy For All (SE4All) conference in Portugal. Here's the Email {Van Buskirk on SE4All.pdf} .
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  6. page Timeline Spring 2018 edited ... Week 8 Monday - Peter Keller Visits (Aid Africa) Please read through this website and see t…
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    Week 8
    Monday - Peter Keller Visits (Aid Africa)
    Please read through this website and see the video on this website: Gates Foundation Big Bet
    Please watch this video: EWB_Failure_restructuring
    Post improvement for second (Empathy) intervention before class on intervention page.
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    Please have a look at the 3-page research proposal {EEG Solar Home Systems_as_submitted_April_30_2018.pdf} we sent EEG (Energy and Economic Growth - a British Organization) on April 30, 2018.
    Read an excellent (in my opinion) rant from Robert Van Buskirk. The beginning of the Email explains why his calculations don't consider all the details, BUT the rest of the Email describes a fundamental challenge to global development efforts. The Email is part of a discussion we had about whether we should go to the Solar Energy For All (SE4All) conference in Portugal. Here's the Email {Van Buskirk on SE4All.pdf} .
    Read over the correspondence from Robert Van Buskirk, located on the main class website. It's pretty long, so it's OK if you just read some of it.
    Here is the improved Gates Foundation Big Bet website. Please see the video and read the statement.

    Optional: Read the report I wrote Roger about his visit {To Roger, May 14, 2018.pdf} , and Roger's response {From Roger May 16, 2018.pdf} .
    After class: We meet at 7:30 at Spanos for the Spring Dance Concert Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (optional).
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  1. page Timeline Spring 2018 edited ... Read an excellent (in my opinion) rant from Robert Van Buskirk. The beginning of the Email exp…
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    Read an excellent (in my opinion) rant from Robert Van Buskirk. The beginning of the Email explains why his calculations don't consider all the details, BUT the rest of the Email describes a fundamental challenge to global development efforts. The Email is part of a discussion we had about whether we should go to the Solar Energy For All (SE4All) conference in Portugal. Here's the Email {Van Buskirk on SE4All.pdf} .
    Optional: Read the report I wrote Roger about his visit {To Roger, May 14, 2018.pdf} , and Roger's response {From Roger May 16, 2018.pdf} .
    After class: We meet at 7:30 at Spanos for the Spring Dance Concert Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (optional).
    By Midnight, Saturday Night, Please update your website for feedback.
    Week 9
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  2. page Self Intervention edited ... I acknowledged this and apologized to her. I assured her that I was having a good time (which …
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    I acknowledged this and apologized to her. I assured her that I was having a good time (which I was) and that I would be fine going along with her plans. The rest of the night ended up to be very sweet and fun.
    Madison M.
    Almost everyday I am challengedI have noticed myself having to step back and self-intervene with conflict involving my significant other and my child, my education, my friends and more. Having a kid while going back to school full time has been one of the most challenging endurances I've had to facemany people in my life andwithin the last year.
    An example of a situation
    I find myself self-intervening constantly. I feel as though I'm always on a separate spectrum, always trying to findfound myself explainingin was just this past week while my situationfather was up visiting me and the reasoning behind my constant tired eyes. Being a parentdaughter. We have made the choice to live small to save money while I finish school. My dad is hard, and my significant otherbiggest supporter and I try veryworks hard to make things work because he doesn't live withhelp us at this time. He lives 4 hours away back at my hometown where he hasout with so much it's truly a great job and we both knewblessing. But sometimes I think he couldn't give it up just for me to finish schoollives in a semi-short time. We have a system and it works for us, but we have complete different parenting styles that often turn into heated arguments. This is where it gets even harder because I always try to see his perspective of any argument, I truly do, butown bubble and he never tries todoesn't understand mine. I ask him why he want's to dosome things that mean a certain way, or what drove himlot to me.
    I am currently figuring out which day I need to move home for the summer, and
    a certain decision, etc? Mostlot of the time he goes backthings come down to the saying, "it's justmoney, but we got into a discussion about how I was raised", but this is honestly overrated. Hewould love to stay where I am for at least one more night after finals so I can just shuts downde-stress and doesn't communicate with merelax and since we're both stubborn people, it doesn't helpenjoy the situation very much. A recent discussion that turned into an argument was that he keeps stating things that implybeach before I have it easyleave for the summer, and he just laughed in kind of a judgmental way and said, I don't do anything whilesee the point of you doing that if it's gonna cost more money. This just made me mad and I am here in SLO. Though this infuriates me,wanted to say, sometimes, it's just about enjoying life, but I trydidn't say anything and cut the conversation short so we wouldn't have to keep my cool every timetalk about it anymore. This conversation stayed with me for the whole day and tell him that I couldn't seem to understand why he has an actual full-time jobdidn't understand why I wanted one day to be with my baby and worksrelax while enjoying some fun beach time. But as a couple days went by, I really did put myself in his ass off for himself,shoes and for us, butthought to myself, what is it that my dad is thinking about for this situation? And I do too. I amcame to a full-time mothergreat understanding. As I reflected on my own about 85%our conversation, on his side of the time, as well asconversation I found his meaning was this....Maddie, I know you want to enjoy a full-time student. Sonice day with your daughter after the factstress that he thinksfinals brings on, but I'm doing nothing here really hurts.getting older, I feel like now,can't do a lot of the things I havewas once able to walk on eggshells around him to avoid this discussion from coming up becomes he never tries to see it from my point of view.do, so I empathize with him about socan't do many things, and am hopingjobs that with time, he willI used to do to help you out financially. I have some extra money to help you out, but why wouldn't you want to come aroundhome and finally see what goes on when he's notenjoy a day here with me. Until then,instead and save money. I can only continuewant you to self-intervene when these topics arisehave fun and hopeenjoy your time here, but it is a financial struggle for you and I both, so staying another night for no real reason but to have one last fun day doesn't seem financially logical to me. Can't you see that we can resolveit just isn't in the issuesbudget.
    Since then, I have decided to go home, save money,
    and eventually see eye-to-eyeenjoy a fun day with most thingsfamily and friends to destress and just come back for a visit over summer when I have the benefit of our child.extra cash to support it.
    Brenyn Bierbaum
    I had a conversation with my neighbor last week about what she was planning to do for the summer and after graduation since she is graduating this quarter. Her views are not necessarily the opposite of mine, but are rather much more extreme than mine, so extreme that I become anxious talking to her watching my every word so that I don't say anything that will set her off. She told me that after graduation she would like to either travel around and help the less fortunate, or go to grad school. I thought both were great options and asked her if she is considering Cal Poly's grad program. She said no because she does not think she could express her views here or further her agenda. She told me that Cal Poly is not a culturally diverse school and could not understand where the minority population is coming from. I thought about it and tried to empathize with what she was saying and where she was coming from. I think she was effected in a negative way by recent events which caused her to become upset and frustrated with the current Cal Poly. I wanted to say something to her that would have probably set her off but I decided not to and ended the conversation there. Our friendship remains the same.
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  3. page Timeline Spring 2018 edited ... Monday - Memorial Day Wednesday: Jim Keese presents about cookstoves in Peru. In my efforts…
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    Monday - Memorial Day
    Wednesday: Jim Keese presents about cookstoves in Peru.
    In my efforts to make a practice final exam, please see the Final Exam {Final Exam 392 W16.pdf} from last year's class. This year's exam will be a little more quantitative and will refer to readings and class conversations as well. I will choose a few classes/readings/discussions/visitors and ask your interpretation of what you learned in the process. An example might be, "what does happiness, resource use, and Jevon's Paradox, have to do with dropping a stuffed animal out of a helicopter in order to get a date?" You'll have a few of these questions and be invited to write on a few of them.
    Please read your webpages, as I've gone through them and listed comments. Please move all the red comments to the bottom and make the recommendations.

    Please look through the Ghana Irrigation Webpage. You don't have to be this good, but this may inspire ideas.
    Please read this NPR story and the accompanying video about toilets in India. How is the society going about the change process? Do you agree or disagree?
    In class, I'll finish the Guateca Failure Talk, and we'll work on the projects.
    Make sure you review
    Please read through the second intervention.interventions.
    Week 10
    Monday: Work on final presentations and discuss final exam.
    Enter your idea for your final (3rd) self-intervention on the intervention website (accessible from the main class website)
    (4) Please see Guateca Information Video and Guateca Music Video
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    in Guateca.
    Please bring in your Sustainability, Footprint {Carbon Footprint HW.pdf}
    1) Tom Kelly: on the art of being creative
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    For my third intervention I want to attempt to make no monetary transaction for a week. I'm not sure how extreme I want to take this for the first time I try it. For example, I cannot decide if I want to buy groceries before I start the week or not. I know I won't stock up on things I don't need. The purpose of this is to remove myself from capitalism as much as possible.
    Matthew Walker
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    it successful. Even though I bought my food before the week started, I realistically spent over $13/day on food.food (dividing $100/7days). I want
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    mental state.
    2nd self intervention, spring 2018: Empathy Self Intervention: Consider a time when you are dealing with another person and you recognize that you are regarding them as "the other"... whether it be in a conflict, or in amusement, contempt, lust or whatever. See if you can empathize with them - how are they seeing the world? Describe this process and how it might transform your interactions with them. This is not a theoretical perspective. I expect that you will communicate your experience and what it was like for you.
    Mariana Perez
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