The second element of my final design will be an app to be downloaded on any smart phone. Yes, my thesis is about anti-consumerism and trying to steer away from technology, but technology exists and I’m not expecting people to throw out their $200 phones after attending these centers. The purpose of this app is for teenagers, young adults, and middle-aged participants in this organization to be reminded on how to apply these 4 principles in their daily lives, because that’s the point of these organizations in the first place. The main problem with ecotourism is that people get away from their technology driven lives, but after a week or 2, reality sets in and their back to their old habits. This will create awareness and if successful, the app will help people remember these principles so that next time when they have an upgrade for a new phone, they’ll think about its necessity. Lectures and talks can only do so much, but if people are taught how to live in our modern world using these principles to try to change, then that’s what will make a difference.
This design is also a way to show how Native people are able to sustain their traditional customs while also adapting to the constant development of our society. There’s a way to use our developments and innovations, but use them simply and Natives are doing so. I’m not saying we should go back in time and wear deer skin and hunt for food, but to start slowing down to see what really matters and appreciate the things that we already have instead of just consuming more.