Project Trade Up

First, know more about your own country, such as its legislations, locations, advantages and disadvantages. Try your best to make treatment and contract which can enhance the peace and development. Then, get on well with other countries, form neighborly and friendly relationship with surrounding ones so that you can enjoy peaceful and harmonious atmosphere that is maybe the most necessary part to provide in order to improve economics and culture.


Everything needs adjustment, maybe anytime and anywhere. So are countries. Many countries develop themselves differently in different eras. One may keep good relationships with others, which plays rather important part. Take Japan for example, with a quite small territory, Japan has little benefit to be the ones with higher development, while the fact is opposite. Japan has good relationship, especially better commercial ones with European and Asian countries, such as the USA, China and Korea. It improve its economics and the situation of lacking resources by keeping good trade with others and exchange what they have. They make up what they lack with their wisdom and strategies. There are many other similar countries. What’s more, either a country or a person, it/he should be diligent and develop itself/himself, so that it/he could get more and better resources as well as position. In that way, it/ he is getting better and reliable. When such good situation happens, others can rely on it/him, that’s beneficial to its/ his cooperators.

Project Trade Up Reflection

Project Trade Up Description:

Project Trade Up was about creating a stable society that could nurture the citizens’ lives. Especially being the creators of the society, we had many different crucial points to consider in the creation a successful civilization, like the primitive need for resources in order to survive: food, water, and shelter. We also took a closer look at modern-day governing systems and fixed our economic system to a specific point, whether it’d be more toward a command economy or a market economy. We also developed different industries in order to advance as a society and fulfill all needs of the citizens.

My Answer to the Driving Question:

Many components contribute to the success of a society, helping them meet their needs. In a more straightforward and realistic perspective, a vicinity that can supply any rudimentary needs, compose most of the success of a society. For example, a stable food source from agriculture, sufficient water from any source of water, and shelter. After the settlement, there should be a stable governing system and economic market along with different industries: primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary. Allies should also be formed for trading purposes. In a more abstract aspect, the reliance on each other and working together matters the most for advancing a civilization.  As individuals living in societies, some may face the dilemma of deciding to compromise for other’s needs or to do things for ourselves as each person’s needs may be very diverse. For example, many people with families face the struggle of deciding whether to immigrate to another country or not. Individuals need to consider what they aspire to do, why they are leaving, if it’s absolutely necessary or what other locations have to offer before reaching a final decision. If they end up moving with a reasonable decision that would be beneficial to them, their needs would be met.

Project Trade Up Reflection

In our most recent project, Trade Up, we learned several different aspects ranging from requirements for a sustainable society, all the way to how different trade systems work to provide each community with friendship or hatred towards each other. Digging deeper into each subject, we finished several investigations, analysis, and different evaluations to deepen our understanding. We created different sights on how our society and community would work and look like. However, we would have minor setbacks sometimes. For example, we find out that some of our alliances were very far away to trade with it made it very hard for our group to analyze the situation trying to waste the least amount of resources we own. We were put into different groups, and we were given a spot for our society, this gave us the opportunity to find out more about how we can make our community thrive. We then set up a location in our location our group all agreed on and developed the village. Lastly, we learned about different good and bad factors that can change plans for immigration and how to development of societies.


During Project Trade Up, our driving questions were “How do societies meet their needs?” And “How do individuals meet their needs?” My understanding after this project is that societies meet their needs by sacrificing what is required to help the citizens so that the citizens can build up the community into a happier, better, and more secure place to live. However, to meet individuals need is different, people may rely on others just to get what they want and not what the whole needs. That may not be all bad because an individual might need more of something than another in different situations. In several circumstances throughout this project, I was able to see how one society would obtain their needs. During the trade conference, our group formed alliances with other communities relying on the resources we got from this. Thus, we are sacrificing our resources to trade with them getting resources that we need. I understand the two driving questions because of what we learned throughout the project, and I was able to find many different connections during project Trade up.

Project Trade Up

For the project we studied and observed real-world economics and its effects on countries. We examined economics through multiple activities that related to real-world economics. an example of this is when we, in our groups, had a “trade conference”. In our trade conferences, we could set up bilateral and multilateral trade groups that would make a mutually beneficial impact on our civilizations. We could also set up sanctions and give other negative effects to opposing civilizations to grow our GDP by taking advantage of them.


The trade conference put our views on what we did in perspective because of how they related to very relevant problems. The connections between our groups and real civilizations changed how we looked at political relationships and the actions they take to survive and develop. We could play a more positive part in the real world of learning and understanding what and why we as “countries” did and how it later affected others and how it negatively or positively affected us.

Sophia Liu Project Trade Up

Project Description:

In this scenario and game-based project, we worked in small groups to inquire into how a society meets its various needs. In our groups, we were challenged to select a settlement location based on environmental and geographic factors and historical record about the rise and fall of civilizations.

Project Driving Questions:
How do societies meet their needs? How do individuals meet their needs?

The first thing a society needs is a cohesive system, for citizens to come together, each producing a small part of the necessities. A society also needs the natural resources for citizens to work with and make productions with. A society also needs a sustainable atmosphere. For example, the economy must be stable and the environment must be preserved. Lastly, a society must be able to provide education and job opportunities for its citizens to ensure its growth.

Individuals meet their needs by going to a good society with a cohesive system, resources, a sustainable atmosphere, and opportunities for citizens. Individuals must find a job that would put them on a good financial status and use his or her earnings to buy the necessities, either by trading or with currency.

Bubble Trouble

Today marks the end of our second project, Project Consume. During this project, the majority of the time was spent researching about a specific consumer product, specifically the life cycle. Most companies weren’t transparent and as a result making the research process more difficult. This project was about consumerism, sustainability, and perspective. We started this project by learning about the three lenses of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. In addition, we learned about the product life cycle starting from extraction all the way to disposal. We also learned to evaluate the credibility of sources. In science, we learned about the different elements on the periodic table and the molecules that make up hydrocarbons. We also looked at alternative packagings and lastly, the guiding question “Is Sustainable Choices important?” I think sustainable choices are important for a very simple and straightforward reason: we cannot maintain our quality of life as human beings, the ability for life on Earth, or Earth’s ecosystems unless we comprise it.


Project Trade Up Reflection

During Project Trade Up, we learned about different aspects of society. From creating the society to building a sustainable economy, we completed various investigations, analysis and evaluation to gain knowledge and also develop a vision for our society. At the start of the project, we split into groups of four researching about geographic factors and historical precedent of our settlement location. Through this, we proposed a site for settlement of our community and determined the values of our community. Following, we learned about economic basics and decisions such as resources and trades needed to be made to allow for our society to strive. Lastly, we talked about the push and pull factors that impact the choice for immigration and the development of societies.

Societies meet their needs by understanding the values of the community, building a sustainable economy, and providing individuals with opportunities in the society. Besides, societies will trade with other countries to obtain resources they don’t have, which could help them develop over time. Trade conferences are happening around the world allowing for different countries to meet together and build economic relationships that are either beneficial or harmful. Benefits of economic relationship include having cheaper deals and easier negotiation, also, during war emergencies countries could bring support. Whereas toxic relationships involve creating sanctions and embargo against countries to hinder their development and possibly the survival of individuals in the society. Not every country is as developed as each other, but through relationships, they can improve and perhaps level with higher countries. Individuals can meet their needs by choosing a society that allows them to live sustainably and have a voice. Additionally, individuals can help the society strive by providing their expertise and contributing their skills to the society. Ultimately, both the society and individuals can meet their needs by making reasonable decisions and living sustainably.

Futures Academy Project 3: Trade Up

Project Trade Up is a project that we understand basic economics and societies themselves.


Here is my reflection:

A society meets their needs through a multitude of ways. To fulfill the needs of a society, you must find out how a society functions and the different aspects of society. After the Project Trade Up unit, I was able to identify the needs of a society and split it into five parts. There is the economy, governance, some sort of staple food, agricultural capabilities (fertility of the soil and a suitable climate), and the resources accessible. These are the five major parts a well-functioned society would need to strive. The first need is an economy. It doesn’t matter if it is a command, market, or mixed economy. As long as the society has a working economy with primary, secondary, and possibly tertiary and quaternary industries, the society will be able to work properly on the lens of the `economy. A stable currency and workforce contribute massively to the economic well being of a society. The second need is governance. A government or leader is needed to be present to create a balanced society. The third is some sort of staple food available in the society. A stable food source is needed for that society. This will vary from place to place as the biodiversity of the flora and fauna will vary. The fourth is the agricultural capabilities. Does this place have fertile soil? What is the climate? Tropical? Based on the different locations, the needs of their society will fluctuate. A society needs a food source and materials for industrialization. Sometimes it could be needing to plant wheat for the citizens to eat food. The fifth is very similar to the fourth one. The resources available in a society can meet the needs of individuals and the society as a whole. Each individual resource may be a need or a want for individuals or a society based on what it needs. For each individual, the fulfillment of their needs is basically the fulfillment of a society. If the society is successful, the individual is most likely to be and vice versa.

Project Trade Up

Though it was short, Project Trade Up was highly enjoyable as it allowed us to create a civilization in a certain location by combining research with our own ideas. One thing that set this project apart from others was the fact that there was a board game incorporated into it, where we were able to roll the die after completing certain tasks. We had to address all aspects of building a new society, such as, researching the natural resources that could be found in our location, and the products we could produce from them, along with forming economical systems, and determining core values. Our main focus during this project was to be able to form alliances and trade with other groups, in order to meet our society’s needs, and to attract immigrants, to help them meet their needs.


The way societies and individuals meet their needs are quite similar, yet at the same time, are on completely different sides of the spectrum. Based on experiences from our trade conference in class, and instances from our world, societies meet their needs by forming alliances with others, and distancing themselves from societies that may not be as likable. During the trade conference, my society was able to go from 30 GDP to 80, by playing our cards right, quite literally. We formed trade blocs with societies we knew were powerful and had the resources we needed, and turned our backs towards those who weren’t as popular. When a society meets their needs, it doesn’t necessarily mean each individual within that society will meet their needs as well, due to the fact that everyone has different needs. Thus, it is evident that in order to meet the needs of a society, it is crucial to focus on what the majority needs, so individuals are sometimes forced to sacrifice their personal needs, in order to satisfy the majority of the population. Meeting individuals’ needs, on the other hand, is easier in a sense that there is only one person to worry about, however, they may not have as many people to rely on. Both societies and individuals can meet their needs through collaboration, and siding themselves with the “right” people, to ensure they are fulfilling their ideals.


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