The Artistic Approach: A Masters Thesis

Presenting the research of Theresa Akers, masters candidate at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on the intersection of art, business, and sustainability. The motivation behind this research came from a need to understand how to change cultural views on climate change and sustainability. The project, therefore, steps through the ways human social systems have scientifically mimicked natural systems, cognition as a natural phenomenon, and systems theory to propose a potential solution where artists may receive the resources needed to do their important work. It explores a collective ownership concept, a hybrid of consultancy and coworking/maker space, whereupon the tenants of innovation research could be leveraged in a community through the “focus” of the consultancy. It concludes with how it might manifest if the proposal were to be an architecture of space.