We are craftspeople at heart.

Craft is hugely inefficient. Perhaps that’s where its power comes from. Craft derives from a sense of purpose. Simply put, what we produce is part of us, and a part of the signature that identifies us, where we’ve been and where we’re headed.  One of the defining characteristics of a craftsperson, like an artist, isContinue reading “We are craftspeople at heart.”

When Rules Fray

Organisations and markets crave stability. Stability enables them to pursue efficiency, and mine every last piece of value from a known situation. Stability allows for structures and rules to be created, and for those in power to sleep comfortably at night. It’s a bit of a problem then when, like any system, things begin toContinue reading “When Rules Fray”

The Inefficient Library

Over the years, I’ve learned to read for insight as much as knowledge; allowing the mental space to make connections through what I read as much as absorb it. Right now, I’m enjoying David Weinberger’s excellent “Everyday Chaos”. He makes an interesting observation. It takes $150m a year to run Harvard’s Library, but every yearContinue reading “The Inefficient Library”