i’ve made a few inroads lately productizing processes with @bigspaceship’s strategy teams. the hope was to create a non-linear toolkit of activities that any of us could mix and match and customize for different sessions with different clients.
while work continues on that front, @frogdesign has taken that notion to an entirely new level with their collective action toolkit.
it uses simple, human language to describe and teach creative problem solving to communities that desperately need it, but sometimes don’t even have words that translate to “brainstorm.”
i think @bigspaceship is often at its most useful when we simply act as a catalyst for our clients to help them solve their own problems, and this is a great example of that spirit coming to life on a much larger scale.
“I returned to college in the Fall, but my mind wasn’t at rest. My family was not any too well fixed; I felt out of place, the coaches were insulting, I was lonely; I left and went down to the South to think things over. Since then, on my own, I have been learning fast, writing a lot, reading good men, and have been slowly making up my mind, seriously & quietly. Either I am loathsome to others, I have decided, or else I shall be a beacon of rich warm light, spreading good and plenty, making things prosper, being a cosmic architect, conquering the world and being respected, myself grinning surreptitiously. Either that, Sirs, or I shall be the most loathsome, useless, and parasitical (on myself) creature in the world. I shall be a denizen of the Underground, or a successful man of the world. There shall be no compromise!!! I mean it.”—
Jack Kerouac, quoted in New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009 by Teresa Carpenter
That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.
interesting correlation to repeatable patterns in music… i know i’ve had a similar conversation with some folks around “repeatable metaphors” of interaction.
"As companies grow up—look at Facebook, Twitter—they’re all having to deal with the problem, which is that as your product portfolio and offering gets bigger, you have to start changing. You realize there’s a core, fundamental challenge to you, which is how do you scale your belief? How do you maintain the quality of your product? Suddenly, you have to organize a brand."