Garrett Jacobs


How An 8-Year-Old Changed My Entire Approach To Design

“I was floored by his confidence.”

This spring, we’re celebrating innovators who are tackling pressing global issues. We call them the GOOD 100. In the spirit of solidarity, we’re also rolling out insights and personal stories from a select list of influential global citizens working in alliance with the world at large. We’ll be highlighting GOOD Citizens once a week.

Sustainable design doesn’t “happen” to people passively—it requires those involved to participate. When people have a voice in the creation of their own surroundings, they take ownership of them, sustain them, keep them safe, and continually invest in those places. That might sound logical, but I didn’t really internalize this idea until an 8-year-old made it clear to me.

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