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CurtMcNamaraBigCurt McNamara, P.E. is a practicing designer with 30 years experience in medical, commercial, and industrial markets. An active Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers member, Curt received the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000 for his ongoing work in education. He has worked with the Biomimicry Institute to create content for the Biomimicry Toolbox, is a Biomimicry Education Fellow, and helps with the Biomimicry Education Network. Curt created and teaches the Systems and Innovation courses for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Master of Sustainable Design, and works to ensure that every student gets a grounding in the techniques of biomimicry and systems thinking.

System Ah-ha!

Curt’s first Earth Day left him with the awareness that local actions have a global affect.

Favorite System Tool

“It depends.” System mapping, for example GIGA-mapping, especially representing different perspectives.

Learning Resource

Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks, Mark Buchanan

Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, Maggie McNabb

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough

Systems Thinking Made Simple New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems, Derek and Laura Cabrera

Advice

“Taking a systems approach is going to make everything easier and better.” 

Contact

Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Masters in Sustainable Design (mcad.edu/faculty/curt-mcnamara)

SystemDesignReview.com

LinkedIn: Curt.McNamara