So, at what age did you lose your creativity?

5 09 2012

So, at what age did you lose your creativity?

Creativity is all that matters!

After bumping into this pic of my cousin Ivan in my laptop that I took  from a family gathering where we started playing around,  I just couldn´t resist on asking myself one question, that I ask you now:

at what age did you lose your creativity?


IUCN – Assessing payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Doi Mae Salong, northern Thailand

19 06 2012

This article is taken from IUCN and written by my wife Eliana Fischman so I wanted to share it with you!

The Relevance of Tenure and Forest Governance for Incentive Based Mechanisms

18 June 2012 |

The IUCN Thailand Programme has released a report on ‘The Relevance of Tenure and Forest Governance for Incentive-Based Mechanisms: Implementing Payments for Ecosystem Services in Doi Mae Salong’. Authored by Eliana Fischman, the report explores forest governance and the existing tenure framework at Doi Mae Salong, offering preliminary recommendations for implementing a PES scheme.  

The report aims to contribute to the establishment of a PES scheme that promotes sound environmental management, contributes to poverty reduction and tenure security, and taps into payments for carbon sequestration.

IUCN’s work on PES at Doi Mae Salong builds on the achievements of the Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS) between 2007 and 2010, and its successor, the Poverty Reduction in Doi Mae Salong initiative (PRDMS), launched in April 2010. The PRDMS recognizes that the population of the area lives in significant poverty and is extremely reliant on the health and productivity of the landscape. Hence it is highly susceptible to unpredictable risks such as economic shocks and climate variations.

The goal of PRDMS is to support poverty reduction through livelihood improvement in seven of the villages targeted by LLS, and to contribute to the improvement of watershed functions in northern Thailand. Although poverty is a multi-dimensional concept, the project aims to alleviate poverty in the DMS landscape by improving the economic situation at the village and household level through the promotion of income generation and household expenditure reduction options. These could potentially include PES schemes, though, as the report points outs, land and forest rights need to be clarified first, and the process of allocating land reform areas closely monitored. Thailand’s community forest scheme offers a possible vehicle for a PES scheme in the Doi Mae Salong landscape, provided the necessary support is in place for enhancing forest management regimes, embedding them within the wider landscape context, and ensuring that their benefits are shared equitably.

IUCN – Assessing payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Doi Mae Salong, northern Thailand.

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Attempt to understand the future in design

25 01 2012

This a small post about my thoughts and inspiring thoughts taking from others to be able to visualize my future design practice, what I have been reading and where do I get it from. Of course there is so much more out there that I haven’t seen yet even heard from but I am getting there.

In my attempt to soak up as much knowledge and information for my future initiative I have been reading a lot about all the related areas surrounding my four major concepts (SUSTAINABILTY, COMMUNITY, DESIGN and USER EXPERIENCE).  In this regard, my latest acquisition was Design Revolution by Emily Pilloton who has inspired me in some many ways. She argues that design can change the world which I believe it is true and I am decided to go for it. In addition to this, in her first sentence she states that design is a human instinct, that every man is a designer and that every problem can either be defined as a design problem or solved with a design solution (1). Furthermore, she says that in an ideal (design) world, there would be no need for her book because we as designers would be more responsible and socially productive citizens than we have become (2). In this regard, I personally believe that we are citizens before we are designers and many designers acknowledge that they are designing something terrible and they are being completely irresponsible as a designer. This is maybe because they don’t care at all or maybe they do not have any other choice because it would stop them from bringing food to the table. The problem is that this is the common trend and most designers are designing for the 10% of the population. Thus we can soon realize that our industrial design practice is getting obsolete and we need to evolve, we need to change the system. In this matter, Emily points out that as a whole, today’s world of design is severely deficient, crippled by consumerism and paralyzed by an unwillingness to financially and ethically prioritize social impact over the bottom line. Moreover, she even calls for substantial changes, and I am up for it, arguing that we need nothing short of an INDUSTRIAL DESIGN REVOLUTION to shake us from our consumption’s sake momentum. We need must elevate “design for the greater good” beyond charity and toward a socially sustainable and economically viable model (3).

The thing is that we need to change all this and we don’t need to do it tomorrow or the day after but we needed to do it yesterday and by yesterday I mean a long time ago. Now, I have almost a month to get back to my country Chile and start a design revolution there and until then I will keep reading, learning, and self-educating myself towards a better design practice through Design thinking and Sustainable Design. In this area there are several web pages to do that the best way possible. The UX Matters site is great for this with organized chapters by topic so you (and I) can learn quite easily. They have interesting topics such as Self-Education in UX and Working with User Research Data and How to Start a Career in UX Design.

Another web page is Infodesign, understanding by Design where they have different categories such as Research Design, Interaction Design, Personas and much more. The last site that I will recommend today (because there are a lot more than this without even mentioning many books) is where you can find the definition of UX Design, Books, Links, Information and all there is to know about UX Design.


(1)(2) (3)Design Revolution, Emily Pilloton, 2009

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Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

25 01 2012

Emily Pilloton is one of my inspirations to become a Social Designer. This TED talk is a great example of changing the world through design. I would love to bring and implement this in my country Chile which is a developing country with many different rural areas spread along the country. Well, we’ll keep talking about this to further develop similar systems and hopefully bring them into our communities. for now, read the 6 design directives and watch the TED talk.

The six Design directives of Project H Design

1. Design through action

2. Design with, not for

3. Design systems, not stuff

4. Document, share and measure

5. Start locally, and scale globally

6. Build

UX Design and Sustainable Design driven

24 01 2012


I have been an Industrial designer for many years now and at this point of my career I know where my filed of work should go to specifically, instead of firing all over the place and try to get as many opportunities as they come. In my work I have always followed my beliefs and chosen my own professional paths. Thankfully I haven’t had the chance to design a product that will be mass produced or is against my way of working. I have always been a green thinker who loves nature and hates environmentally unfriendly practices, waste, global warming and related topics.

As a designer I do not have an extensive Portfolio, super cool drawing skills or high proficiency in computer software, even though I have good experience in working in all design environments and I also have background in some areas of design such Interior, graphic and industrial. In this regard, I am a multi-skill and multidisciplinary person who has been working and had hands-on many different ventures.  This is either because of the environment that I grew up with, professional interest or personal enthusiasm.

I am a sailor and love boats, especially sailing boats. I am a beekeeper and loves bees and the work they do to/for the entire planet. I grew up between major urban centers and rural areas so I love the city and nature and a green thinking as well. I am aware of social consciousness and community development. My mother taught me about cooking from early stages of my life so started my own restaurant and been cooking ever since. Along with this I have embraced gardening as one of my passions too. In addition to this, the last two years of my life has been decisive in terms of knowing what to do when I get back to my home country Chile. Studying the Master of Design at UTS in Sydney was truly refreshing, inspiring and most of all educational. Subjects like User-Centred Design, Future Design Strategies and Technology workshops among other were enlightening and made me rethink my career path.

All this has helped me created the person that I am today, personally and professionally and has prepared me to realize where I should aim to become the designer of the new generation.  A generation that looks into the future to seek for better opportunities to transform this world into a healthier living organism (with us on it).

That is why I have decided to embrace all these ideas and bring them together as one great initiative.   A Design Company that will facilitate shaping the future through UX Design and Sustainable Design, connecting four major concepts: SUSTAINABILTY, COMMUNITY, DESIGN and USER EXPERIENCE.

SHAPED BY DESIGN is one of the names that are coming to my mind to start this company. This corporation will take a step further in bringing design to the table using a term I have come up with which is not very accurate but it works for the moment.  This term is CONTRIBUTORY DESIGN where the main idea is that the “User” designs the outcome but with a strong participation from the “Designer”. For me, the design process is shifting from the designer to the user. Obviously some users do not have any knowledge or education in design and this is where the designer comes in.

Although it uses these concepts and comes from them, it is not Co-Design, User-Centered Design or Participatory Design but a User-Based and User-Designed process where the designer guides, shares knowledge and contribute to develop the project into a specific design outcome. This is a first approach of the idea and I am shearing something that I have just made up so I don’t want to invalidate other approaches. On the contrary, User Experience design is the foundation for this and it might be similar or even more than that but any help on this is welcome. My mother language is not English but if you help me come up with a right name for this type or work it will be very much appreciated.

Chile will be the home for this initiative because it is my home country and also a developing country where much help is needed in these areas of expertise.

Any feedback, comments or opinions are welcome here or you can email me @

Chilean Gov’s Start-Up Chile

11 01 2012

Hey guys listen Chile is modestly attempting in become a Latin American HUB for innovation and in 2010 literally started Start-Up Chile which is a program of the Chilean Government to attract world-class early stage entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Chile.

What is a Kitchen Gardener?

6 01 2012

Text from kitchen Gardeners

“Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands, and the mouth.” -Lanza Del Vasto

First and foremost, Kitchen Gardeners love food, both product and process. They do not dream of eating a good tomato, but a true tomato, picked warm and juicy from the vine at the peak of its ripeness. Their enjoyment of the fruit is a complete one because it is inextricably entwined with the memory of the plant in its various stages of development. They taste not only the fruit, but the care and honest labor that went into making it.

In this sense, Kitchen Gardeners are gastronomes of the highest order. Unlike mere foodies who flit from one trendy spot to another in search of instant culinary gratification, Kitchen Gardeners set out roots in a place and begin planning their pleasure months in advance. Visions of pesto are not left for the heart of summer, but begin occupying their heads already in the spring with the purchase of basil seeds or plants.

Their love of food is a complete one that extends beyond the plate to the soil and the natural processes and cycles from which good food comes. Kitchen Gardeners are in tune with the natural world, the weather, and the seasons. They look for ways of working peacefully and harmoniously with nature, rather than fighting against her. They are stewards of the land, whether it be a farm or a window-box.

Kitchen Gardeners more often than not have a strong, independent streak. Rather than worship at the altar of celebrity chefs, they look for practical ways of bringing their own day-to-day cuisine into the realm of the divine by using the best ingredients their land, climate, and skills will allow. Their love of quality and freshness is reflected in the food they buy to supplement and complement their own production. Because Kitchen Gardeners understand where good food comes from and how it is produced, they tend to seek out food that is authentic, local, seasonal, and minimally-processed whenever possible.

Put simply, Kitchen Gardeners are a special breed. They are self-reliant seekers of “the Good Life” who have understood the central role that home-grown and home- cooked food plays in one’s well-being. By seeking an active role in their own sustenance, they are modern-day participants in humankind’s oldest and most basic activity, offering a critical link to our past and positive vision for our future.

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