"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.
In the same way media and communication technologies have altered many industries, that same kind of change is occurring in planning and design. The role of a designer is shifting from one who delivers the design of products or services to one who’s creating a platform, in some cases, for participation. The traditional authority of the designer has been deposed.
– John Bela on the rise of user-generated urbanism. More.
How do you uncover the identity of a city? Who can/who should do it? How do you do it? How long does it take?
Your thoughts encouraged and appreciated (via post or email).
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