Output 11: An Ecomachine for Lyons

By Coco Gordon aka SuperSkyWoman, June 2012


Welcome to Output 11: An Ecomachine for Lyons, a final output packet in my Masters learning journey with Gaia University.

This output describes the ecosocial design work undertaken in aiming to bring an ecological waster water system known as a Jonathon Todd Ecomachine to Lyons, the small town in Illinois, US where I live.

This report explores the processes undertaken in manifesting the project as well as my own personal roles in the design process.

Section 1 introduces the output and how it has been crafted through the use of advisors, peer supporters and Elf's within the Gaia University community.

Section 2  presents the background context to my work, describing what a Ecomachine is and why I and many others, feel it would be an appropriate and wonderful technology in Lyons.

Section 3 is an exploration of my role as an ecosocial designer, analysing the beneficial relationships I have been cultivating in order to support my community to make a JTED reality. This section aims to illustrate to the reader the multiple action learning cycles I have experienced, my role within the municipal system and the personal care and creativity that feeds my energy to make positive change happen.

Finally section 4 offers my conclusions and gives an insight to my reflections on producing this output report.

Output Specification

This is my eleventh output on my Gaia University masters pathway. You can read my previous work here.

How has this output been designed?

Having looked at my previous output patterns it is clear that each output has become more abundant and complex. My dedication to due diligence, comprehensive research and commitment to ecological and social change has meant that output packets have been refined to near perfection.

With strong advice from my advisor, Valerie Seitz, I have been encouraged to take the sloppiest, least invested, incomplete, imperfect, quick and dirty path to output completion.

This has involved:

On a practical level:

  • Recording 'quick' , unedited video interviews with Diane Dandeneau of the Sustainability Futures Commission in Lyons
  • Recording videos with fellow Gaia University Associate, Arianne Burgess in order to identify my action learning & ecosocial design skills
  • Commisioning an Elf, Nicole Vosper to process my notes, videos and complementary material in order to complete this output report.

On a personal level:

  • Letting go of control
  • Gauaging time better
  • Letting go of fear of failure
  • Working collaboratively on output packet creation
  • Embracing mystery & trusting the process

One of the main goals of this process and of my stated capstone year goals has been to learn how to reduce the burden on readers of my right brain imposition by presenting information in more of a left-brain logical way. I hope this has been achieved and that you enjoy reading this output report.