I recently started watching a documentary series by BBC called Human Planet and I was absolutely inspired by the peoples represented in the show.
“This BBC/Discovery Channel co-production was filmed in dozens of locations around the world over a two-year period and documents how humans interact with their natural surroundings. The six-part program travels to extreme locations to show people who survive in those locations by building complex relationships with their animal neighbors and nature’s hostile elements.” – Wikipedia, Human Planet
The civilizations explored use a number of techniques to exist harmoniously and thrive within their given environments. Human innovations range from hunting tools and water catchment techniques to building practices, all of which are incredible engineering feats. They are actively solving to a lot of the same problems that engineers in industry are trying to figure out, just with different technology.
I want to begin to challenge what we conceptualize as engineering. It doesn’t have to necessarily be present in an academic environment, nor does it always require a technical background. The root of engineering is creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.
I was incredibly inspired by the Jungles episode in which Tete, an inhabitant of the Congo forest uses innovative techniques to climb for, collect, and distribute honey. See the video  below and let me know what you think!
*You can watch the entire series on Netflix if you’re interested.