Recently, a colleague invited me to submit a quote to a book he’s writing called “Developing Citizen Designers.” The book, which will be targeted towards educators, will include a number of practical resources for designers who wish to work in/with/for community more effectively. While I still believe doing the work is the best way to learn how to do the work, I’m glad to see publications of this kind develop.
"Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans."
– Mr. John Lennon
It’s been a busy start to 2014. Posts on MTTB™ have slowed, largely because I’m in the midst of an incredibly expansive project in Cincinnati, OH. For the past six months, Kate and I have been working with the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation to design and build a philanthropic lab called People’s Liberty. Through individual grants, ongoing mentorship opportunities and inspiring programs, People’s Liberty will provide Cincinnati’s emerging and existing talent with the tools and resources they need to move their creative ideas forward.
Perhaps what we’re capable of together is far more than we’ll ever be capable of as individuals.
This morning, I was reminded to embrace the unexpected and live/make something of the unknown. British journalist Oliver Burkeman writes:
We tend to imagine that the special skill of an entrepreneur lies in having a powerfully original idea and then fighting to turn that vision into reality…But the most valuable skill of a successful entrepreneur isn’t “vision” or “passion” or insistence on destroying every barrier between yourself and some prize you’re obsessed with. Rather, it’s the ability to adopt an unconventional approach to learning: an improvisational flexibility not merely about which route to take towards some predetermined objective, but also a willingness to change the destination.
Uncertainty is where things happen; where real opportunity exists. All the above stolen/borrowed from Brain Pickings.