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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A few years ago I was introduced to a smattering of pages from Andy Crouch’s Culture Making by my dear and thoughtful friend Robin Mooty. Since then, I’ve made numerous efforts to get through the entire book, and finally, a week ago, I did. Andy tells his tale of culture making from the perspective of a believer, but I tend to think anyone endeavoring to cultivate and create in this world will find his words useful, regardless of faith or religious belief. Some gems:
Poverty is not just a matter of lacking financial resources; it can also simply mean being cut off from cultural power.
All true cultural creativity happens at the edges of the horizons of the possible, so by definition our most culturally creative endeavors have a high risk of failure.
The bigger the change we hope for the longer we must be willing to invest, work and wait for it.
Good stuff and a must read for anyone with the inclination to dig in and make something of their community/this world.